Will it be Lawrence Cherono, Mo Farah, Getaneh Molla or someone else at the 2019 Chicago Marathon?

Lawrence Cherono 2019 Boston Marathon: PhotoRun.net
While other major marathons have been inviting a few of the best marathon runners in the world, the Chicago Marathon has in the recent past been assembling elite fields that provide perfect ingredients for some exciting and unpredictable competitions, especially in the men’s race.

This year, the defending champion from 2018, Mo Farah will be back and hoping to win again. But, the field will be slightly different this time around and perhaps slightly tough as well.

Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla ran his first-ever marathon earlier this year at the Dubai Marathon winning it in 2:03:34, which is the fastest ever marathon debut time in history. But, on a certified course given that Moses Mosop ran 2:03:06 for his marathon debut at the Boston marathon in 2011. With a marathon debut time that is faster than the course record, Molla will definitely be one of the athletes to watch out for here and who has great potential to break the course record.

The 2019 Kaptagat Half Marathon happens this weekend, the 8th of September

The start of the men's Kaptagat Half Marathon race in 2018
Everything is set for another edition of the Kaptagat forest half marathon. Winners in both the men and women 21km races will pocket KES 100,000. Second and third finishers will walk away with KES 75,000 and KES 50,000 respectively.

Having a Kenyan coach is much more valuable than buying Kenyan jerseys and bracelets

Steven Vanlancker (centre) training in Iten, Kenya
“I am surprised that it had to take me over 6,000km of traveling to finally understand what “easy” really meant,” Steven Vanlancker told me as we sat and sipped some hot tea outside on a hot afternoon at Iten Club in Kenya.

Steven is from Belgium and is one of the runners that I coach online and who at times borders on nagging with many questions whenever I give him a program for the week. Often, he would want to know the exact pace to use in each one of the runs I give him. So, when he came to Kenya, did a few runs, noticed that an easy pace on some routes can sometimes get faster than hard runs on some routes; he then realized the need to use feeling for his runs rather than follow the pace on his watch!

Trying to keep up with Eliud Kipchoge and group on track during the INEOS 1:59 challenge training

I am deeply indebted to Eliud Kipchoge’s coaches and training group for allowing me to join them in most of their training runs, especially the track intervals. Despite it being such a rare chance, a spectacular experience, and a great learning opportunity, it is obviously not an easy task trying to keep up with this group in training.

800m is simply 2 laps on a standard 400m track. But, trust me. You will easily lose count of the two laps when you do your best to stick with Eliud Kipchoge’s group during their interval training. It has happened to me a number of times. The good thing is that the runners would finish the intervals ahead of you and you will see them stop running and you will know exactly where to stop as well.