Eliud Kipchoge's World Record Marathon - How To Make Impossible Dreams Possible
By Victoria Bytel, Legends Report Writer
Eliud Kipchoge had a vision. He wanted to be the first human to run a marathon in under two hours. On Sunday 13 October 2019 he did just that. He ran four-minute, 32 second miles - for 26.3 miles. What many had declared “impossible” he made possible with a simple formula, a formula that any of us can use to realise our own impossible dreams.
How often do you think “Oh I wish I could make x happen”?
Maybe it’s having a different career, finding a more rewarding role, having a better relationship with your kids or just feeling happier and more fulfilled. And just when you’re imagining it, feeling it and a smile starts to spread across your face, you sigh and say “It’s impossible though”? And you go right back to feeling how you were feeling before you had that lovely ‘dream’.
Where you were with your dream is exactly where you need to start if you want to make what seems impossible, possible. That was your vision - and all things possible start with a vision, followed by passion, a plan, hard work and the support of others.
There's No Substitute For Hard Work
Eliud Kipchoge didn’t just wake up one day and decide to run a sub-two-hour marathon. He had a vision, passion and with the help of others a plan to make it a reality. He ran up to 140 miles a week, that’s five marathons a week!
“I always tell people that this is a really simple deal: Work hard. If you work hard, follow what’s required and set your priorities right, then you can really perform without taking shortcuts. If you’re taking shortcuts, you can’t be free.” - Eliud Kipchoge
Together We Achieve More
Kipchoge reached out to people who had previously been his rivals, elite runners and Olympic medalists, and asked for their support and to learn from them. He said;
"There is a formula: 100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the whole team. And that’s teamwork. That’s what I value."
Kipchoge’s team became his pacemakers and were by his side (literally!), all the way along his journey to success.
Don't Give Up At The First Hurdle
This was not a journey without its challenges. He first attempted a sub-two hour marathon in 2017 and missed his target by a mere 25 seconds! How many of us would have seen this as ‘a sign’ that it wasn’t meant to be and given up? Eliud Kipchoge instead chose to learn from it, refine his plan and, with the help of his expert team, work even harder.
So the next time you find yourself staring into space, imagining your dream, don’t stop there. Put that vision down on paper, refine it, connect with it and make a commitment. Then start outlining what you need to do to achieve it.
Ask for help, be open to learning from others, work in partnership. And then, before you know it, the impossible may very well become possible for you too. That feeling you had back when you started creating your vision, staring out the train window or across a coffee shop, could be a feeling that you get to live in real life. As Mr Kipchoge said after achieving his vision;
"Passion is a choice. You need to choose to be great. It's not a chance, it's a choice."
Is there a dream that you have that you may have given up on but would dearly love to achieve one day?
If you’d like help making your dreams a reality reach out and arrange an informal chat with one of our mentors on life chat below...
Here's more on Eliud Kipchoge's incredible record-breaking journey...