This month has been exciting for marathon fans. Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record at the Chicago marathon with a time of 2:14:04. In Vienna Austria, world record holder Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2 hour barrier in the marathon distance. Though his 1:59:40 time will not count towards an official world record, it is impressive to see the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) perform at such a high level.
Kipchoge is known for his very simple Kenyan lifestyle. At his training camp, Kipchoge and his 30 or so teammates live and train together as a team. In his down time, Kipchoge will relax and do chores such as cleaning the kitchen. In 2002 when Kipchoge first joined the camp it did not have running water. Today the camp has running water and solar panels.
Kenyan runners are known for their long-distance running ability. Their diets gravitate towards being primarily plant-based, cutting out processed foods with minimal meat and dairy intake. It’s basically the traditional Kenyan diet which is primarily starch based. In a Kenyan diet, complex unprocessed carbohydrates are the primary source of energy.
Kipchoge’s diet, like his lifestyle is incredibly simple. His diet is mostly fruit and vegetables. He also drinks a lot of tea with sugar, in lieu of protein shakes for energy. Kipchoge lives his life this way to inspire others and to tell everyone that no human is limited.
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