Runner and fitness YouTuber Elijah Orr is always up for a running challenge. He's hit more than 100,000 steps in a day and also ran a marathon around his house—and for his latest running challenge, he's spending 24 hours living like Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge.
Kipchoge is an Olympian who holds the world record for the fastest marathon, in 2:01:39. He also unofficially broke his own record and the 2 hour marathon milestone through sponsor Nike's Breaking 2 initiative in October 2019 with a time of 1:59:40.
"You live simple, you train hard and and live an honest life. Then you are free," Orr quotes Kipchoge to start the video.
Orr goes to bed at 9 p.m. the night before his day as Kipchoge, following a routine he put together using details from the marathoner's interviews. Wakeup is at 5 a.m. for a breakfast of bread and chai tea. Orr preps for his first of two workouts, an 18 to 21 kilometer run. Orr does the full 21 (just over 13 miles). By mile 13, he was at a 6:02 minute per mile pace.
"The second half felt a lot better than the first half," Orr shared. For some context, Kipchoge's record pace was about 4:34 per mile for the full marathon.
After his run, he heads to the grocery store to get food for meal 2, and also does some cleaning and chores like Kipchoge.
"I guess we're not just working on our physical fitness today. We're also gonna work on our cleanliness and our hard work ethic in general," says Orr.
Afterwards, he heads to kitchen to attempt to make ugali, a Kenyan cornmeal porridge, which he pairs with mixed veggies.
"I mean it just tastes like flavorless oatmeal, or flavorless grits," says Orr. "It's no the worst thing I've ever had, but it's definitely nowhere near the best." His recipe and preparation likely left much to be desired.
Once he's done, he hits the shower and takes a nap before his second run of 10 to 12 kilometers at 4 p.m. Orr plans to do a 7 mile run, for a total of 20 miles for the day. By mile 7, he was at a 6:36 mile pace. After the run, he does Kipchoge's bodyweight core workout.
"Just finished the core routine. Definitely a great way to get the hips and glutes activated as well as get a good core workout," he says. "It's definitely super important to always have strong glutes and hips with your running, so if you're not already doing exercises to strengthen those, you definitely should get on that. And I think this is a great way," says Orr.
Dinner is another African dish that consists of rice, spinach, onions, bell peppers and veggies, with fruit for dessert.
Orr ate 2,130 calories by the end of the day. By 9 p.m., it was once again time for bed.
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