lmao letsrun wrote:
These times are not fast at all. Humans evolved to run. If there are elite athletes running sub 5 for 26.2 miles, then it would be fair to say most males' quickest mile would be one measly sub 5. I find it difficult to believe somebody can be so genetically inferior as not manage that. Sub 60 is not that fast either. Talent doesn't start playing a part until the low 50s.
I know 90% of you are about to type "I'm in my late 40s and have not managed a sub 5 or sub 60 min 5k after 10 years of hobby jogging!"
I am fit enough to run sub 20, and I did for the first time running 20 mpw a few years back. I had been running on a regular basis for years, and was involved in athletics since a kid. I never ran more than 20 mpw though when I first cracked the sub 20 mark, and am in no way an elite runner. Competitive at local regional races at best, but fit and blessed to do so. I've worked in a handful of work environments, traveled a lot, met a lot of people, and we here at LRC easily forget, not everybody runs and the lifestyle we know as normal and almost a given, is for sure not the same for people who don't run. I know guys who are pretty fit and work out regularly. Running a sub 20 is by far not as easy as we think for most. I am sure some of my friends who are fit, if they directed time towards running for a couple years and did some specific work, they probably could hit those times, but once again, not as easy as we'd all think. Sure, the guy who's 26 and has been running since Middle School XC could run a 19ish 5k stoned and hung over, but that's also accounting for over a decade of developing running strength. Sub 60 for 10 miles? That's a farrr stretch my friend. Totally different convo vs a sub 20 5k.