A veteran from Vinnytsia spoke about the marathon in Tokyo and preparation for the race

A veteran from Vinnytsia spoke about the marathon in Tokyo and preparation for the race


A veteran ran 42 km on a prosthesis in Tokyo


Roman Kashpur, a veteran from Vinnytsia, ran a marathon distance of 42 kilometers on a prosthesis in Tokyo.

By in words man, he set a personal record during the race.

By an hour, the best result for all previous marathons is 4 hours and 50 minutes. This is an indicator that we did everything right“, the veteran said.

But behind the scenes of this success, a lot of effort remained. For example, Roman ran from 44 to 50 kilometers every week, which is an average of 176-200 kilometers per month.

A veteran ran a marathon in Tokyo

A veteran ran a marathon in Tokyo


Before the marathon in Tokyo, the veteran ran two marathons in the USA, so he had only 4 months left to prepare for the race in Japan.

There were weeks when I rubbed the stump and it sometimes swelled due to excessive loads. I resorted to tricks, sometimes because of the pain. It was necessary to treat and train at the same time according to the system of 2-3 hours of training, then one and a half days without a prosthesis” says he.

But since the stump did not have time to heal, each new training session opened the wound again.

Roman notes that such an injury can be cured in 3-5 days without exercise. But this process took him several weeks, because the veteran could not stop the training cycle.

“We trained the muscular system for endurance, but at the same time the central nervous system was working to exhaustion. Nerve strings sometimes could not withstand – I became aggressive, psychologically drove myself into a shell and closed myself off from everyone“, the veteran recalls.

On the very day of the race, Roman was convinced that he would overcome the first 25 kilometers without any problems or fatigue, because that was the distance he ran in training.

But in order to complete the distance of another 17 kilometers, he and his trainer Natalia created a strategy: the man had to run faster than usual, but without fanaticism. The novel had to take into account what would happen to the body and, in particular, the stump.

Before this race, a man usually ran marathon distances “for himself”, and not in order to show a certain result. That’s why I mostly stood at the end of a “wave” – ​​a group of people that starts at a certain time from a certain place.

“The first ten kilometers I ran slowly in the crowd. I had to start overtaking people, as it became obvious that I was getting tired faster.

The marathon distance is measured from point to point in a straight line, and if you overtake people, the distance increases, strength is spent”– says Roman.

During the race, the man stopped only once – to replace the stocking on the stump. During training, he discovered that after 10 kilometers of running, the muscles on the amputated limb shrink, and the stump becomes smaller due to the load.

Roman covered the distance in 4 hours and 50 minutes

Roman covered the distance in 4 hours and 50 minutes


“But there are certain nuances here as well: after the 30th kilometer, the stump continued to decrease even more! Why this happened should be checked during training“, he recalled.

The veteran noted that he gave 80-85%. He will continue training to use more powers.

At the marathon in Tokyo, Romanov Kashpur managed to improve his result by 1 hour and 3 minutes.

Roman thanked his family and friends for their support, as well as his brothers who once saved his life.

The veteran also addressed the wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

Look for yourself, get out of bed. This country needs us, and this country needs us. Our fight is not over…

We will definitely win on all fronts and build what our brothers and sisters died and continue to die for. Glory to Ukraine!” – the athlete wrote on Facebook.

The Tokyo Marathon is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world – the World Marathon Majors series.


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