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One Of The World’s Fastest Marathon Runners Explains What It Takes To Run 4-Minute Miles

Kenenisa Bekele is a 35-year-old elite marathon runner from Ethiopia who runs a 26.2-mile marathon in half the time it takes the average marathon runner to complete the race. Last year, Bekele was just 6-seconds shy of breaking the world marathon speed record of 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds. This happened at the Berlin Marathon where the mostly flat race course leads to some blazing fast marathon times from the world’s elite runners.

The Berlin Marathon was back in September and it was won by Eliud Kipchoge with a time of 2:03:32, not too far off the world record. The global marathon circuit is more or less all year long, with the biggest races (Boston/NYC) marathon being spread out. Kenenisa Bekele is training all year long and pushing himself to limits most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. Great Big Story caught up with Kenenisa Bekele to discuss what his twice-a-day training routine looks like and what it takes to run 4-minute miles.

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