Extra Medium wrote:
I think the median would be around 8:00 assuming decent pacing.
It is only a mile, anybody with any endurance that isn't way fat could probably gut out a 7:00. There are a lot of fatties, so I'll go with 8:00
Well, that's a lie since the WORLD RECORD is a 3.43.13 set in 1999. Is this site even remotely serious, because the comments on here are laughable. I am almost 36 and I can run a 6 or possibly a bit better, but I train HARD. Average runners who are either new or don't run competitively will average in between the 8-10 minute range, depending on their build and how often they run.
This post summarizes my thoughts completely!
Hear, hear! wrote:
The median 30yo American male, as someone said above, probably can cover a mile on foot, but he wouldn't like it. His absolute all-out performance (remember, he couldn't cover a lap--at any running speed--without having to stop and walk) would be somewhere between ten minutes and twenty. Absolutely no way he breaks ten.
Now that I think about it more, he's not going to break twelve. He should crack fifteen with a solid effort, though.
Most LRCers just don't encounter the median American male very often, so some of them come up with *crazy* estimates. It's a class thing.
All of this^^^.
1. Yes, you have to go with the [i]median[/u] (not the mean or mode) to get your "average" thirty-year-old American man.
2. I agree that he can cover a mile on foot.
3. That will be a noticeably-long way for him, though.
4. If he attempts to run the whole thing, his time will probably be slower than if he just mostly walks, right from the outset.
5. His best strategy might be to try to jog a straightaway, or maybe half a straightaway, on each 400m lap. That should be short enough that he won't have to slow down his walking on the rest of the lap.
6. With that strategy I think he'd be under 4:00 a lap, but not under 3:00--with the possible exception of *extreme* motivation.
7. So I agree that the time would be somewhere between 12 and 15 minutes.
8. And I agree that most LRCers have *no* clue about the median American man who's 30--none.
9. Yes, it's class. LRCers don't see their privilege, and tend to assume it applies to all.
I'd guess the average 30 year old american male could run an 8:40, but would be laid up for a day or two after doing so.
Including runners and nonrunners for a male age 30?
Untrained? No way! Untrained 30 year olds are clueless about pacing and don't have the mental toughness to push through the pain.
It makes me think that an average healthy weight person untrained would be capable of 7-7:30. If you’re talking runners, bring that down to 6:00.
I just disagree. I don’t think the average person is as unfit as people make out. We are homosapians and are born to run, a large part of it is actually in our genes to do it. I know a lot of non-runners who could beat me in a race over short distance. People arent as weak and slow as you think, especially when young.