Eliud Kipchoge an Inspiration On and Off the Roads

by: LetsRun.com
October 12, 2014

Eliud Kipchoge was the man of the day in Chicago as he got the 2:04:11 win in windy conditions.

As impressive as Kipchoge was with his legs, we loved everything he did with the rest of his body as well.

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During the race, when he was powering to the finish he was smiling. Then he crossed the finish line, turned around and sprinted up the finishing stretch, high-fiving all the fans.

He wasn’t done yet. He then went into the post-race press conference and said all the right things. He was funny and inspirational. We’ve embedded his clips from the press conference below.

On the wind:
“Chicago is known as the Windy City right?

“I enjoyed the race, from the start to the finish. I enjoyed the spectators… The last 300m was actually fun with all those people cheering. I am happy to be one of the best runners and to win Chicago.”

On the race and his preparation:
“I am still learning the ropes, but I can say I am fully experienced. The race today was a real race, with 3 people still there after 40km. It was like a championship.

“After 30km it was not easy. I tried to push a little but everybody was there. After 36 (km) again they were still there and I was a little bit worried. After 39 (km) towards 40km, I tried for the last time and I succeeded.”

On some words for all the people running 5-hour marathons:
“Sport is a challenge… Even if you finish in 5 hours you have improved a lot. It is about health. For those of you are still running (as I speak), I encourage them to continue running”

On his smile:
“To enjoy the streets of Chicago you need to smile. With all these people you need a big smile.”

Some Great Words on Preparing to Win:
“The coaching from Patrick Sang I can say it is coaching of the 21st century. It is up to date. It is the best.

“Personally I believe in the saying which says ‘winning actually is not important but how to prepare to win is critical.’ The coaching system I used in Kenya makes me to prepare very well. That is why I won Chicago.”

On how he went from being a track runner to a marathon runner:
“They say, ‘If you have a will (to do something) then you have 50% success’… Then I needed to train my mind (for the marathon) and it was 100% (success)”

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