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Half Marathon Training Schedules For Beginners
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This international athletic governing board only started recording world record times
in 2004, and they have established strict, continually-
Some of the most recent changes to the criteria involve disqualifications of races
for inclusion in world record statistics based on elevation drops, tailwinds, or
what they term "artificially fast time" factors. Because of this, a record-
Similarly, although women have been running modern marathons since the 1896 Athens Olympics, when Stamata Revithi unofficially ran the men's marathon course the day after the official race was held, the IAAF continues to make adjustments to what qualifies women's marathon times as world record setting. As of January 2012, in order for a woman's marathon time to be recorded as a world record, it can only be set in an all-
The current men's marathon world record was set in September 2011 by Patrick Makau of Kenya; he ran a 2:03:38 race at the Berlin Marathon. Berlin has been the site of more marathon world records being set than any other marathon since the demise of the Polytechnic Marathon in London, where eight world records had been set; the Berlin Marathon's course attracts over 40,000 runners, and is flat and fast with large crowds of cheering spectators and mild autumn weather. It is one of the five most popular, best marathons in the world, along with New York City, Chicago, Boston and London.
If you are in the midst of your first marathon training, you may be wondering how marathon paces have dropped so dramatically in the last 100+ years.
Average pacing for male marathoners now hovers around 4:45, and race splits for the most successful marathon runs show the second half of many marathoners' runs actually drop by seven seconds.
The main factors that have influenced the times recorded, besides the talent of the athletes themselves, have been in preparation, course, the caliber of the competition, and the weather.
The marathon was instituted in commemoration of the legendary long distance run from Marathon to Athens in ancient times. The first modern Olympic marathon was run in 1896, though that race was only 40,000 meters in length; the race distance was not standardized until later.
Since marathon race times have been kept, the world record time has dropped by over
thirty percent, from 2:55:18 to the most recently set record of 2:03:38. Looking
at the progression of times and the variables that contribute to a runner's success
is valuable whether you are in the midst of your first marathon training or looking
to see which are the best marathons to watch.