So.... unless you lived under a rock (or, I don't know- aren't run obsessive like me) you heard about the CRAZY new world record set this Sunday in Berlin. Dennis Kimetto (he's Kenyan... I know you assumed that, I'm just confirming it) ran a 2:02:57 in Berlin. Now for anyone just casually accepting that- let me break it down. Homie ran a 4:41 min/mile pace... for twenty six point two miles. THAT IS RIDICULOUS. That is the normal person's sprint for 100 meters... in their dreams. He broke the previous record by 26 seconds. So insane.
What I LOVE about this is...
1. He is a virtual unknown- just a few marathons to his name and has flown under the radar in marathon world. I mean, have you heard about him? He is just the fastest human to cover 26.2 miles of all time but until Sunday he wasn't mainstream running.
2. He is relatively new to running - started training seriously in 2008 but prior to that was a farmer. YES. A farmer... jogging 4 miles a day. How crazy is it that he found something that he loved and is so talented in later in life.
3. He is the perfect age- 30. (Just kidding- that's how old I am- so I think that's a sign that this is my GOLDEN year for running.)
4. This is two back to back world records set at the Berlin Marathon. How crazy is that?!
So because of this excellent press coming off of Berlin Marathon, I am taking this as a SIGN that I should be doing Berlin next year (either instead of Sparkasse Marathon or in addition to Sparkasse). I love small races- but there is something pretty insanely energizing and overwhelming about doing a big city race. So in looking into it it seems that they basically have 40,000 runners that get to do Berlin and these runners are chosen from a lottery pool - last year's pool was a casual 74,000 people that wanted to run the fastest course on earth.
I was planning on doing Sparkasse Marathon (just a marathon going through Switzerland, Germany and Austria) next fall but now after seeing this farmer turned runner create magic in Berlin, I'm definitely leaning towards doing Berlin. Their lottery begins October 18th... so you know what I'll be doing on that day. After the disaster that was Big Cottonwood Marathon, I'm leaning towards not handicapping myself in a race with a bad course. I'm a quick learner. In the event that I don't get into Berlin... well there is still Sparkasse and an insanely fun opportunity to race-cation in Europe.
But let's be real... Oktoberfest post-marathon is the REAL reason why I'm leaning towards ANY marathon in Germany. ;-)
So... for the month of October, I will be challenging myself to do the WHOLE 30 diet. Just trying to clean up how I eat since I know nutrition is EVERYTHING in training, recovering, and just having energy to be a normal person and work a job while training. If anyone is interested in suffering through the month with me, message me and we can commiserate together. I've been gluten-free for a year and a half (I promise it's for legit health issues and not to sound LA cool) - so the biggest challenge will be the chocolate I sometimes inhale. I went without ANY sugar for a year and survived, but now that I let myself enjoy a little here and there, it's going to be hard to go back to the Prohibition Era.
Congrats again to the fastest human being in history, Dennis Kimetto! I'll clean up my diet this month in honor of him.