Will We See a Sub-2 Hour Marathon

The Houston Marathon was run this past Sunday. It has the reputation of being one of the faster marathons out there, largely because of our usually comfortable January weather and a mostly flat course. Congratulations to all who completed the marathon. To those who are still hurting at this point...time to come into the office!!!

The winning time for the Houston Marathon was 2:07:52. The world record for the men's marathon is 2:03:59. There's lots of debate now as to whether the 2 hour mark can be beaten. This is the same discussion that was had before Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile. Once that barrier was broken, there were lots of people who could then run a mile faster than 4 minutes! Turns out it was more of an emotional barrier that "it couldn't be done" than a physical one.

Don't get me wrong. I could set my goal to run a 4 minute mile or a 2 hour marathon and all I'd be doing is wasting the ink to write this. But the point is that once the 2 hour marathon barrier is broken, I believe you will shortly thereafter see a wave of runners following suit.

The marathon, someday, will be run in under 2 hours. I can't tell you when. The only thing I can tell you is it will NOT be run by me.

I would like to thank those who follow my blog for keeping with me. I've just passed my effective 1-year anniversary of writing this blog and am looking forward to sharing more during the upcoming year.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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