The @hertshalf yesterday was a blast!
Pleasure to lead out thousands of runners on the bike in our inaugural event, and what a day it turned out to be.
Great team effort to make it possible, and well done to everybody who ran! 💙
2 1917 minutes ago
BERLIN PACEMAKER SAMMY KITWARA CRUSHES COURSE RECORD IN VALENCIA MARATHON WITH A QUICK 2:05:15
Sunday’s race included seven men with personal best times faster than the course record, which previously stood at 2:06:13. Only two bettered the record but it was 31-year-old Kitwara to take the victory in 2:05:15, his second fastest time of his career behind his 2:04:28 PB in Chicago 2014. Kitwara had no tune up races but ran the opening 30km of the Berlin Marathon as pacemaker in September and 27km of the Amsterdam Marathon last month where he was hired on to pace as well. Second place finisher Evans Chebet improved his 2:05:31 best from last fall’s Berlin Marathon a year ago by 1 second.
1– 2:05:15 🇰🇪 Sammy KITWARA
2– 2:05:30 🇰🇪 Evans CHEBET
3– 2:06:38 🇪🇹 Deribe ROBI
4– 2:06:44 🇪🇹 Abera KUMA
5– 2:07:25 🇰🇪 Eliud KIPTANUI
2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣7️⃣ - [KEN 🇰🇪] SAMMY KITWARA'S CR SPLITS AT VALENCIA (🇪🇸)
1st/2nd Halves: 1:02:46 / 1:02:29 = 2:05:15
CKPT - Clock Time | 5km Split | 10km Split
–5km – 14:52 | 14:52 |
10km – 29:45 | 14:53 | 29:45
15km – 44:40 | 14:55 |
20km – 59:28 | 14:48 | 29:43
HALF 1:02:46 | ( 2:05:32 Overall M-Pace )
25km 1:14:31 | 15:03 |
30km 1:29:31 | 15:00 | 30:03
35km 1:44:16 | 14:45 |
40km 1:58:53 | 14:37 | 29:22
FULL🏁 2:05:15 | ( ~4:46.6/mi [~2:58.1/km] )
Last 2.2K in 6:22 min (14:30 5km pace)
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE 22 MONTHS MAKES ☺️
I’m getting emotional over here reflecting over the last 22 months between the 1st shot - taken after a tough marathon in Tokyo & a major cry sesh 😭- & now.
If running can break your heart, mine was really broken after my 3 tough marathons one right after another (Boston, Berlin, & Tokyo). I felt like I was working so hard and doing everything right and just wasn’t getting the results I deserved. I wanted to prove that the times I was running weren’t what I was capable of- that I had so much more in me. But mostly, I was TIRED. Tired of chasing after times and working so hard to not see any progress. I almost did a marathon 2 months after this just to show that these marathons weren’t indicative of my potential. Luckily, @tunderface talked me out of it. I decided to take a very long break from the marathon to regroup, rebuild, and come back stronger & faster. That took a lot of self-restraint. After your pride suffers these type of blows, you just want to get back out there & prove yourself- and I knew that I would have to be patient & give my body the time it needed to come back to me.
So here we are, after 22 long months. The time off from the marathon was the best decision I could have made. I’m feeling really calm & just GRATEFUL that I get to toe the line after putting in SO much hard work & dedication & faith in my training. No matter the outcome of CIM- I’m just so grateful for how incredibly fulfilling this cycle has been & for how it has filled my heart with such hope & excitement for my dreams.
If you are experiencing a setback right now- know that this season is NOT forever. It can feel like it- but make the most of whatever downtime you’ve been dealt. Be the best steward of the time you are given. Your opportunity to shine will come soon. Nobody wants to encounter obstacles, but we have the opportunity to choose joy in the midst of them. ;-) Stay encouraged & hopeful. Your body responds to that. And- never give up on your dreams. A delay does NOT mean it will never happen.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. - Prov. 13:12
12 easy miles w/ my cutie @shambra26.2