I know a guy wrote:
Before I even thought of training for a marathon, I used to do interval sessions with this pretty gifted guy. He was always fat. Then he decided to get in shape and start running.
He still had some jiggle in his mid section, but his legs were lean and strong. Didn’t take him long. Ran 2:40 in his first Mary at Traverse City (I think). He had a great motor. Pumping out many reps of 400m repeats. Not terribly quick. His 5k-10k were modest.
When he hit 2:40 his first time out, I admired him. He busted his ass to get there. Very soft spoken. Never bragged. I don’t think he runs anymore. Went to med school and prob has a hot wife now. 2:40 is very fast and nothing to sneeze at.
He was "fat" and it '"didn't take him long" to debut at 2:40.
This is fake, unless you can give us his name and the date of this race.
If you can, it will probably turn out that he trained for three or four years and went from 180 to 160 pounds.
This would be a former high school sub 10:00 2 miler or decent 25:xx XC college guy.
Those guys could put on some weight and put in a solid training block and run 2:40.
Hard for us guys who had to put in some serious work for 2:40.