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Adam C
Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:07PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
According to this website the Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36 by professional soccer player Brian Budd in 1979. I find it difficult to imagine a professional soccer player running that fast without track training.

http://www.thesuperstars.org/records.html
Gebrucilassie
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:10PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Adam C wrote:

According to this website the Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36 by professional soccer player Brian Budd in 1979. I find it difficult to imagine a professional soccer player running that fast without track training.

http://www.thesuperstars.org/records.html


I once saw James Lofton ( a former wide receiver with the Packers) run 1:59 without track training, so I would think that is legit.
Anon
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:10PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
shows what crap runners are. I had a kid that went to high school with me that was a soccer player, we convinced him to come to winter workouts one time a week in january and he ended up running 4:24 (1600) by May.
Adam C
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:13PM - in reply to Gebrucilassie Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Wow, Lofton must have had some series strength along with his speed. That's impressive.
Adam C
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:15PM - in reply to Anon Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Wow, that soccer guy must have had some serious talent then. I tried to find some video of Brian Budd running the 880 but didn't come up with anything.
Wossamotta
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:20PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I'm old enough to remember it happening. Yeah, he did a 1:57.
Adam C
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:22PM - in reply to Wossamotta Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Do you remember if Budd was really pushing it running all out?
ccrunner609
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:32PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
talked a junior year kid a few years ago to run track that played soccer pretty much all year around and half way through the season I moved him from the 400 up to the 800 cause I thought he could do well (he trained with the sprinters for about 4 weeks).....he ran a 1:58 the first time he ran the 800
JB800/1500
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 7:41PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
well he WAS pro soccer player. lot of running and sprinting in soccer so right there some form of training, if unstructured. soccer players do tend to convert well to the middle distances and longer sprints as well, so 1:57 for a pro soccer player seems about right to me. you dont need track training as a soccer player to run that fast if your in the league he was in
just saying here
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:08PM - in reply to JB800/1500 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
What is so hard to believe about this? We're talking about soccer, a sport that is constant running for 90 minutes.
break it up
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:14PM - in reply to just saying here Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The last time I watched The Superstars Dave Allen (a triathle) crushed the field easily with a 2:04.
will
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:16PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
A 400m LSU guy from U-High about 10 years ago was soccer guy. With no formal training was right at 2:00 I think. With more specific training he ended up getting some sort of All-American title in the 400m for LSU...I am thinking relay team. I remember watching him run 200 repeats in the 23-24 range. One heck of a runner.
repsoccer
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:21PM - in reply to will Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
do you guys not understand that soccer players often have 2 practise a day at the elite levels, a conditioning practise. where they run, often even track repeat workouts. then a skills practise, saying a pro soccer player had no track training is stupid
just the facts
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:35PM - in reply to repsoccer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
A few things:

Did he run it on a track? There were a few years that they ran it on the roads and who knows the distance they actually ran.

James Lofton did have track training as an excellent sprinter and an even better long jumper.

Soccer players do not "run" for 90 minutes unless you consider the 5 miles they "supposedly" cover in a game (in 90 minutes) running.

A conditioned athlete can spend almost 2 minutes in the anaerobic energy system, so it does not take someone who is blessed with exceptional talent specific training to run 2:00 for 800 meters. My older brother, a baseball pitcher, ran 2:01 in HS PE class in Chuck Taylor's. He was motivated by a bragging track guy who was in the class.
rupper ducky
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:38PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Also, didn't Abdi run his first race off of virtually no training in mid-15's for 5k? People with superior natural talent can do things untrained the rest of us can't. I don't find 1:57 that hard to imagine for a soccer guy. Wasn't there a pretty fast Canadian miler a few years back (a redhead, big dude) who ran like 1:54 at 13 with minimal training?
i've heard it all
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:49PM - in reply to rupper ducky Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
"My older brother, a baseball pitcher, ran 2:01 in HS PE class in Chuck Taylor's."


-riiiiiiight.
coach d
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:54PM - in reply to just the facts Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

just the facts wrote:

James Lofton did have track training as an excellent sprinter and an even better long jumper.


James Lofton was NCAA champion in the long jump at Stanford. He jumped 27 feet and ran 20.5. He said that he actually went into the NFL because of fear of a "pretty good" long jumper coming up named Carl Lewis.

Just another indication of how little people posting on this site actually know.
Blowing.Rock Master
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:57PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
El Guerrouj and Maria Mutola both played soccer before switching to track. Soccer is like a long interval workout.
just the facts
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 8:57PM - in reply to i've heard it all Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

i've heard it all wrote:

"My older brother, a baseball pitcher, ran 2:01 in HS PE class in Chuck Taylor's."


-riiiiiiight.


I was 1:53 in HS and much faster in college so there is some genetic talent. If I was going to lie don't you think I could do better than 2:01. No, he wasn't EPOing, at least as far as I knew.
whirledpeas
RE: Superstars Competition half-mile run record is 1:57.36? 7/11/2011 9:19PM - in reply to Adam C Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
saw evander holyfield run about 2:02 on the superstars way back when.
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