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|Subject: ||RE: What Is the Best 5K Time An Average American Could Optimally Be Trained To Run?|
One thing people like to talk about is the 400m speed + 8-10 seconds = mile pace per lap, with that applying to a reasonably trained runner. If you took the average person in their 20's that isn't overweight they could almost certainly run 15 seconds for a 100m, which gives them a 400m of at the very absolute least 70 seconds. So that's a mile time of somewhere between 5:12 and 5:20 which is roughly the equivalent of an 18:00 5K.
I don't think that correlation will work for someone who's predominantly got fast twitch muscle. LaShawn Merritt isn't going to run a 3:28-3:36 1600m no matter what training he does. I don't know what percentage of the population this is or how fast those people's speed will drop off with increased distance if they're properly trained, but I don't think you can ignore them.
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