rhymans wrote:4 years ago 100 men in the world ran 2:10:22 or better. In 2012 100 Kenyans have run 2:10:14 or better - so far. On the world list 2:08:36 marks 100th place, 119 are under 2:09, 164 sub-2:10 and 208 are under 2:11, and that's with quite a few international races left for the season.
It's difficult to imagine a 2 hour marathon - 2:01:57 would represent the pace of Zatopek's best 10000 time of 28:54.2 extended to the marathon distance, but it seems we are headed that way.
It would take an average per mile of 4:34.9 to reach 2:00:00 (or 1:59:59.9!!) in the marathon.
That means 13 two milers back-to-back in 9:09.8.
That means eight 5K's of approximately 14:12.7 in a row, non-stop, then another 2195 meters!!
That mean's two 10 milers in 45:49.0, then a 10K in 28:22 without any rest.
That means four consecutive 10K's of approximately 28:25 each, non-stop.
That means 105 laps of a 400 meter track in 68.75 each lap, then another 195 meters at the same pace.
Hope it happens in my lifetime, but......!!!