The world marathon record was broken yesterday in Berlin by the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge. He beat the previous record by over a minute, despite his pacemakers dropping out earlier than expected. He ran 26.2 miles in 2hrs, 1 minute, 39 seconds, averaging under 4mins 40 per mile.
It prompted much awe and astonishment on social media yesterday, including some amateur runners trying to calculate for how long they could keep up with him.
The vast majority of them would be left in his wake inside the first 500m, most of the rest in the first kilometre. And remember, that’s them at full, lung-bursting pace vs him at a pace that he would maintain for 42 such kilometres.
The thing is, and amateur runners know this, that it’s better for you in the long term to run at your own pace than to try and keep up with someone else.
It applies equally outside of running though. There is no need to try and keep up with the Joneses, or the Kipchoges – you’re better off choosing your own path and tempo instead.
You’re far more likely to complete your own marathon that way.