World record holder Eliud Kipchoge did the unthinkable in Berlin last year, shattering the old world record and setting a new one at 2:01:39.
This weekend, the fastest marathoner in the world is lining up for his first marathon since his world record run in October of 2018 and the running community is on the edge of their seats. While we wait impatiently for 10:10 a.m. local time on Sunday, here’s a look into how Kipchoge is preparing for his big race.
The runner keeps it simple two days out from the London Marathon, just cereal and milk for breakfast. In his short film, Eliud, his breakfast with his teammates is tea and bread. The runner says, “It’s breakfast for Africans. We only have tea and bread. That’s enough.”
— TCS London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 13, 2019
Sunday could see the fastest men’s and women’s marathons on mass in history. With historically deep fields on both sides, if the race doesn’t become tactical, the all-time lists could see a huge rewrite. Along with Kipchoge and Mo Farah, there are seven other men who have run under 2:06:00.
On the women’s side, top incoming competitors are defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot and women’s-only world record-holder Mary Keitany. These are just two of the six women with incoming personal bests under 2:20:00. The others are Birhane Dibaba, who was the winner of the 2018 Tokyo Marathon in 2:19:51, Gladys Cherono (a three-time Berlin champion with a personal best of 2:18:11), Brigid Kosgei (the 2018 Chicago champion in 2:18:35) and Roza Dereje at 2:19:17 (from the Dubai Marathon in 2018).