My marathon debut was in Alaska in 1999. Sure, I wanted to break 2:10 and win, but it didn’t happen. I finished in 4:39:09. This weekend, Kenenisa Bekele is going to make his marathon debut in Paris, and he will finish in a bit less than half that time.
In a recent interview, Bekele stated:
“I have a good chance to win because I prepared well. I will run to win, I cannot expect myself to lose. I can’t sit, I can’t sleep… it’s the race.”
Bekele trained up to 150 miles/week at altitude. He stated that the high-volume training was “boring” at times. LOL. Welcome to life as a marathoner!
Here is the rest of the elite men’s field and their PRs:
Abdullah Shami (ETH) 2:05:42
Mark Kiptoo (KEN) 2:06:16
Getachew Negari Terfa (ETH) 2:07:32
Limenih Getachew (ETH) 2:07:35
Gezahagn Girma (ETH) 2:07:41
Luka Kanda (KEN) 2:08:04
Gideon Kipketer (KEN) 2:08:14
Mike Kigen (KEN) 2:08:24
Simon Munyutu (FRA) 2:09:24
Gregoriy Andreyev (RUS) 2:10:25
Behailu Ketema (ETH) debut
Mule Wasihun (ETH) debut
There is no way he should lose this race – but how fast can he go?
… but this post isn’t about Bekele – it’s about this guy:
Okay, maybe not that guy exactly (by the way, today’s pictures are from Run, Fatboy, Run, which is actually rather entertaining). Today’s post is for first-time marathoners. Here are ten strands of wisdom that you can take with you on your marathon journey:
1) You will feel sick the morning of the race – eat something anyways
2) You will be nervous (about everything) – don’t drink too much sports drink/water prior to the race
3) You will hit the wall – don’t stop running
4) Something unexpected will happen (e.g. a shoe comes untied, you bump into people at an aid station, you drop a gel, etc.) – stay calm
5) Don’t go out too fast – you may be able to get away with this at some point but you won’t be able to your first time
6) Have fun. Take mental photographs. You only have one first time
7) Don’t start racing people within the race – this seems obvious, yet I see it all the time
8) Don’t do anything you haven’t already tried during training
9) Don’t let your mind wander too far – you will perform better if you stay focused
10) See #3. This is the one piece of advice I give everyone before their first. Don’t stop moving. An object at rest will stay at rest and an object in motion will stay in motion!
Where/When was your first marathon?
What advice do you have for first-timers?