n. The maximum distance a person could run at the average pace used by Wilson Kipsang while setting the marathon world record.
I love the idea of a Kipsang number too. That kind of thinking could apply in a lot of places.
My "Kipsang number" is probably about the same as Gladwell's, around 1,400m
@ClaraHughes_ But what's your Kipsang number? I think I'd have 200m. Then I'd need oxygen.
Back when Wilson Kipsang set the world record (which was then promptly broken), my running friends and I came up with the “Kipsang number,” which represented how long could you keep up with Wilson Kipsang while he was running twenty-six miles. I am a devoted runner and my Kipsang number is less than a mile. …The average, healthy, athletic, American, twenty-two-year old varsity athlete in a sport other than track probably has a Kipsang number of between 400 and 800 metres. To recap: you could keep up with him for a quarter of a mile, then you would collapse in exhaustion.
For the record, when Wilson Kipsang set the marathon world record of 2:03:23 in 2013, his average pace was 4:43 per mile, or just a bit under 71 seconds per quarter mile. (For the metrically minded, his pace works out to about 2:55 per kilometre.) You could also talk about your "Kimetto number," since the current marathon world record holder is Dennis Kimetto, who ran 2:02:57 in last year's Berlin marathon (4:42 per mile). The last six (!) marathon world records have been set at Berlin, so will we see a new "Insert name here number" after this year's run on September 27?