Greatest Racing: Marathon Magic

To provide you with some inspiration for marathon running, here are two of the most memorable performances of all time from Paula and Meb…

Boston 2014, Meb’s Win

American athlete Meb Keflezighi, the Olympic marathon silver medallist from 2004, took to the Boston course in 2014, the emotionally-charged year after the Boston Marathon bombings. His determination to mark this occasion by bringing home the crown for the US resulted in a thrilling show of strength over the last kilometre as he held off a challenge from Kenyan Wilson Chebet. He was the first American to win this iconic race since 1985, and at 39 he was also the oldest winner since 1930.

Watch Meb’s win in this clip, with excitable commentary that demonstrates just how much this meant to the American home crowd…

And here’s Meb talking about his strategy and thoughts as the race unfolded, including the following pacing insights:

“I wasn’t going 2:03 or 2:04 pace, I was just going within my pace, and maintained that pace for a long time. And I was able to build, to do it, and to bring the victory home.”

London 2003, Paula’s World Record

Surely the most incredible marathon performance of all time, male or female, was Paula Radcliffe’s demolition of the world record in London in 2003. Her time still sets the bar far above the best times of top flight elites. Take a taste of this clip into your next marathon!…

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