Windmills, Weed and… A World Record?

There has been no shortage of media covering the London Marathon – and for good reason. Mo Farah is making his marathon debut. Wilson Kipsang, the world record holder, is running. The pacers are scheduled to go through the half right near World Record pace. The Queen will be watching. David Beckham will be watching. In fact, most of England will be watching. There is no doubt it is the main event.

With that being said, just a couple of hundred miles away, the undercard has the potential to steal the show. That’s right – there’s a marathon going on Sunday morning in The Netherlands.


Hmm, not exactly. Let’s try that again…

ABN AMRO Marathon 2013 Start Michel Butter Foto ; pim Ras

That’s better. Not only does Rotterdam have a fast course, it has a fast field. The favorite is Eliud Kipchoge:

Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge

He’s run 2:04:05 – the sixth fastest time ever recorded. He will face tough competition from Bernard Koech, who ran 2:04:53 in his first marathon ever in 2013. Bernard Kipyego, who has run 2:06:29, will also be in the mix. In fact, these three men have trained together for the last several months and have stated that they will work together for between 35 km and 38 km. Only time will tell if Rotterdam steals the show from London. Regardless, it should be an interesting morning of running!

– there is a one hour time difference between Rotterdam and London
– going back 30 years, every marathon World Record has been set in Berlin, Chicago, London or Rotterdam
– it is going to be about 12C and a little breezy in Rotterdam on Sunday
– the course records for Rotterdam are 2:04:27 (held by Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai) and 2:18:58 (held by Tiki Gelana)

Have you worked with other people in races?

If so, was it something you planned ahead of time?

How do you think it affected your performance?

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10 Responses to Windmills, Weed and… A World Record?

  1. It will be an interesting Sunday for sure! Never worked with anyone on a race except for a few minutes of motivation (negative and positive) here and there.

  2. Andrea says:

    I haven’t quite worked with other people in this sense, but I have had a faster runner pace me and have run with pace groups. Both scenarios led to PRs for me so I would definitely say it is helpful. I know that I push myself a little harder with the pace group than I would have on my own. It also helped me from going out too fast at the start.

  3. I have read your post about 10000 times trying to figure out how weed was worked into this post. What am I missing?

    I recently just ran with someone during my entire half. I’ve never done that before and it wasn’t planned ahead of time. It was extremely motivating to have someone else there though.

  4. bpangie says:

    Haha. I was totally ready for you to tell us all there’s some blaze-a-thon in Amsterdam. Oh well. Haha.

  5. I actually was just talking to a friend on Wednesday about this topic. I’m thinking of trying this with her in a half marathon in the future…

  6. piratebobcat says:

    I think I told you, but I’ve tried 6 years in a row to get into the London marathon. Consolation prize, I have had a photo with Beckham and ran into the Queen my first visit to London.

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