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Anybody follow today's marathon...take about a smokin' first half...on pace to destroy the world record. He averaged :71 per 400 for 26.2 miles...can you even imagine?<br><br><i><b>Haile Gebrselassie's</b> world record attempt Friday at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon veered off plan when the great Ethiopian scorched the first half in 1:01:27, at least half a minute faster than he had intended. He had hoped to run the second half of the race faster than the first, but fading in the later kilometers he only managed 1:03:26 for the last 21.1 km. Nonetheless, his final time of 2:04:53 was still the second-fastest marathon of all-time, two seconds faster than <b>Paul Tergat's</b> 2003 world record set in Berlin.</i>
 

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Ok.....<br>
my first marathon was 5:50...nearly 6 hours!<br>
He does marathons in 1/3 that!<br><br>
Not only was he showered and changed, he'd had time to eat, take a nap, and still get back to see the stragglers finish...if that were what he would want to do.<br><br>
ack!
 

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Christ. I can only imagine the pain he went through in the second half of the race to hold onto his pace. That must've hurt. But hurt oh so good. Damn.
 

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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Half a minute over the course of 13.1 miles! Does this give you and indication of how precise and hair-splitting these guys take their training and racing or what? Correct me if my math is wrong, but that’s like a 100m sprinter saying he ran the first 50 meters of his race .001 (one-thousandth of a second) faster than he intended. Me? My last full marathon I knew I was screwed when I ran the first half twenty minutes faster than I intended and ended up at nearly four hours.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Dan</span></span>
 

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just for arguement sake...I guess it depends how you look at it...he came through 30 secs fast...(3687 seconds as opposed to 3717 seconds)...so he came through at 99.1928975% of his target. Looking at the world record for the 100m (9.74 seconds), coming through the 1/2 point at 99.1928975% (4.87 seconds vs 4.8306 seconds) would be a difference of .0394 seconds. (Granted this doesn't necesarly hold, as the 2nd 50m is certainly faster than the 1st...not the same ratio for the splits as the marathon)...just good old math banter...food for thought...either way, it's fast!
 

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I was just ballpark calculating what percentage 30 seconds is compared to the time he intended to run (in the first half) and not necessarily the distance. Comparitively, in my messed up calculations, I came up with .001 second being about the same percentage of a typical 100m time (+/- 10 seconds).
 

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Yeah, fading out like he did - he's on the downside of his career for certain (heh)...<br><br>
Seriously, that's just freakin' impressive
 

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Ok, I just did intervals yesterday. Pleased as punch to be sub 5:00/800. So 2:30/400. So 2:30 vs 1:21. Wowzer. Oh yeah, and I was about to puke. Maybe he was too but still <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Holly smoke!!<br><br>
Do you think, at the super-elite level, 30 sec faster than planned first half does have a really negative effect on their second half? That is 2.some seconds per mile. Do they strategize their races at THAT much precise pace?<br><br>
Wow.
 

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Noooo.... I can run the :71/400m pace, which is just under 5:00/mile, for 200m <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I was just kidding...I think only one person in the world can run 400mx105 with no recovery at :71 seconds ...<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> He proved that today...
 

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I bet wind resistance could impact that speed
 
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