A friend of mine that is not a runner asked if it is possible for most guys to run a 5:00 mile if they were motivated and began training for it at an appropriate age. At first I thought this couldn't be true but then I thought, well maybe it is possible. Obviously an obese person cannot run a 5:00 mile, but assuming that they lost enough weight and trained for it could most guys (more than half) run a 5:00 mile? Assuming they train properly?
There has to be a point where talent plays a factor, but at what point?