In her first running of the Boston Marathon, Edna Kiplagat powered across the finish line of the Boston Marathon this month nearly a minute ahead of her closest rival. Kiplagat made the 26.2 mile outing look like a spirited jog in the park. She even clocked a blazingly fast 5:02 minute mile at the 20-mile mark of Boston’s storied road race.
And now, as she does after every major race, she’s taking two weeks off.
“I’m in my second week of that right now relaxing at home with my husband,” she says when reached by phone at her farm outside Eldoret, Kenya, in the western highlands. “In the afternoon, we take our children to play. My son likes golf. And my daughter likes swimming. We take them to the Eldoret Club for two hours, then come home.”
“As the race progresses, your physical strength wanes but your confidence builds. Why? Because as the miles click by, even as the lactic acid spreads through your muscles, you move closer to the finish line. And the closer you move to the finish, you become surer you will actually make it.”
I’m here and I’m ready! I’ll be at the starting line in 12 hours. I don’t have the words right now to thank everybody who is cheering me on, whether along the course, at home or at work. You all mean the world to me. I’m honored to run this historic race. Here’s to whatever tomorrow holds!