Two Hours (#198)

Most of us waste two hours on a Saturday morning without realizing where the time went. For Eliud Kipchoge, two hours changed his life.

This past Saturday, Kipchoge, a world champion runner from Kenya, became the first man to run a marathon in under two-hours. On a specially-chosen course, Kipchoge clocked 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40.2 seconds.

Until recently, running a sub-two hour marathon was a feat many believed impossible. This led Nike to launch Breaking2 in 2014; a project with the sole purpose of creating a team of elite runners focused on breaking the two-hour marathon barrier.

Kipchoge was one of those runners.

Although Kipchoge’s time won’t count as an official world record since the run didn’t take place in an open event, running the fastest marathon ever recorded is most certainly an awe-inspiring marvel. And the preparation and characteristics required to accomplish this Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) are definitely worth highlighting: