I’ve always considered myself a pretty average runner. I’m definitely not fast, but I’m not always last either. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of the pack – a pace I affectionately refer to as the “tortoise approach.” Slow and steady.
That’s why I am always fascinated by elite athletes, especially marathoners. They can maintain a pace that is far beyond my absolute maximum sprint for a full 42.2. It’s remarkable and seems superhuman.
For the ING New York City Marathon, major sponsor ASICS partnered with Ryan Hall, America’s fastest marathoner to launch the Treadmill Challenge: an opportunity for fans to step into the shoes of an elite marathoner.
They built a treadmill that only runs at the speed of Ryan Hall: a wicked fast 2:57/km pace. This guy is the American marathon record holder with a PB of 2:04:58. That’s only 4 minutes more than my HALF marathon PB, by the way!
Check out this video and see how people do. How long could you keep up with Ryan Hall? I don’t stand a chance!