Is it possible to run a sub two hour marathon?

Nike seems to think so, based on this: Nike Wants Athletes to Run a Marathon in Under Two Hours, So It’s Rebuilding the Race. And the Runners | WIRED

While it’s a bad idea to say it can’t happen, Runner’s World has a long list of reasons why it will be a difficult thing to accomplish: What Will It Take to Run A 2-Hour Marathon

Perhaps the two hour marathon will be like the four minute mile: once insurmountable, then broken, then broken often.  If and when that happens, I think it will not be a near term event.

In the meantime, read the articles, especially the one from Runner’s World: it’s a fascinating study into biomechanics and running, as well as some fine infographics.

2 responses to “Is it possible to run a sub two hour marathon?

  1. Thanks for this- I’m still trying to work out how I feel about it. I’ve lost a lot of faith in the sport since the 2015 doping scandal, but then again I do want to see what the limits of human performance are in terms of running.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      You’re welcome! The doping scandal has hurt running, for sure. I try to focus on the runners who are committed to running clean, and I cheer on their success. Here’s to better/clean running in the future!