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US-based Kenyan runner Edward Cheserek has explained why he made the switch to the full marathon after years of dominating the track.
Cheserek, a multiple NCAA champion, revealed that he had been running on the track for a long time and he was losing his speed.
He further noted that he made a switch to the roads and started with the shorter races but then eventually decided to make his debut. He debuted at the New York City Marathon where he finished eighth after clocking 2:11:07.
“I’ve been running on the track for a long time and I felt like I was losing my speed. I decided that it was the best option to slowly move back and switch to the roads," he explained.
"I started with the 5km and 10km and I noticed that I was running a bit slower…it wasn’t like back in the day when I used to run in the 800m and 5000m,”
Cheserek added that he noticed the change back in 2019 and after the Covid-19 pandemic, he decided to try out road running. However, he explained that it was something normal and did not freak him out.
Meanwhile, Cheserek also made a revelation that his father was the one who convinced him to try out running. Before then, he was a football player.
“Back in the day, my father encouraged me to switch from football to running. However, I hated running but I decided to just give it a try,” he said.(11/14/2023) Views: 297 ⚡AMP
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