I ran across this book,Two Hours: The Quest To Run The Impossible Marathon, while reading The Economist this week and it reminded me of reading The Sports Gene by David Epstein. The author, Ed Caesar, explores the role genetics and how it is involved in top-level sports and how a young Kenyan, Geoffrey Mutai, may be the candidate to break the barrier of two hours in the marathon.
According to this book review in The Economist:
“The increasing popularity and professionalization of running 26 miles and 385 yards (42.2 km) saw the world record in the four decades to 1990 by nearly 19 minutes. In the last 25 years, elite runners have lowered it by almost another four minutes. In 2014, for the first time, the marathon was run in under two hours, three minutes.”
This looks to be extremely interesting if you are interested in seeing the potential of men and women in sports and the unbelievable sacrifices that they must make in attaining their goals. I need to pick it up and put it in my pile but I must remind myself that it does not come out until October of this year.