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How Fast Can a Pro Cyclist Run a Marathon?

How Fast Can a Pro Cyclist Run a Marathon?

Freddy Ovett, a professional cyclist with a running heritage, is taking a unique approach to the Berlin Marathon that may help you improve your running…

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Freddy Ovett, a professional cyclist with a running heritage, is taking a unique approach to the Berlin Marathon that may help you improve your running Outside’s long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today .

As Eliud Kipchoge and a group of some of the world’s fastest runners assemble at the starting line for the Berlin Marathon on September 25, professional cyclist Freddy Ovett will lace up a pair of Adizero Adios Pro 2 racing shoes a few starting waves behind them and give it a go.

Ovett won’t be running with the lead groups and nor will he even be chasing an especially fast time goal. But as he progresses through the 26.2-mile course through the German capital, he’ll be an interesting case study for two reasons. Not only has the majority of his training has been done on a bike, but the lanky 6-foot-1, 140-pound athlete will also be following a refueling strategy based on real-time blood glucose monitoring with a newfangled mechanism that he’s used successfully as a cyclist this year.

“I’m not sure how fast I can run, to be honest,” he says. “I don’t really want to put a time on it because that’s not really the point of why I do it. I do it because I enjoy it, and I just like the mass participation part of things. But one of the things that cycling can do is build an incredible aerobic base, […]

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