Ed Breaks the World Record in the Marathon

M80 Ed Whitlock ran 3:15:54 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – the Ontario Masters Championships – on Sunday, setting a new WORLD RECORD.

He broke his own record of 3:25:43 that he set in Rotterdam in April by almost TEN MINUTES!

Photo credit: TODD FRASER/STWM.ca STAFF

I asked Ed how be was able to beat his record by 10 minutes….

My training had gone quite well over the summer and therefore I was better prepared than for Rotterdam in April. Also just before Rotterdam I had a cold which probably had some effect there. On Sunday I was quite concerned about the wind before I started, but although a problem it was less than I feared. I hooked up with the 3:15 pace bunny a while into the race and hung on until 39k and the small incline over the Don Valley expressway when my legs gave way. After getting over that it wasn’t too bad. I really must learn how to run up hills! I found it somewhat relaxing relying on someone else to look after the pace instead of having to check the splits myself. The pace bunny did an excellent job and as it was I ran the last half only 38 seconds slower than the first with about half of that lost on kilo 39 when I let the pace bunny go.

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