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|Subject: ||RE: What Is the Best 5K Time An Average American Could Optimally Be Trained To Run?|
I would say the AVERAGE would be around 15-17 mins.
If everyone did nothing their whole lives but focus on running and ran to thier absolute genetic potential the world record would be down around 11:50 and the elite range cut off would be about 12:55. Not many people have tried long distance, of those that have few have tried really hard. And I mean REALLY hard, committing thier life to running. Of those that have committed everything to running most have become wrecked with injury. If every male in america were to really dedicate their life to running we would see a very different running world and the 5km would certainly be a damn sight quicker. Its difficult to imagine but a lot of the big guys you see on the football field have got there through a particular lifestyle that created that build, many of which would look very different if they had been running 140km a week and eating an optimum diet for years and years prior. Similarly, there's a lot of small, slight framed males who sit in thier dens playing world of war craft, who if forced to, could have been quicker than Webb.
Just my 2.5c.
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