There is a park 5 minutes down the road from me. It is a quite good park for running, has a few good trials, has good hills, great loops and to top it off it has a perfect quarter mile flat loop round a lake, it attracts quite a few local runners and there is this one guy who spends a lot of time in the park. He definitely doubles because sometimes I will see him there in the morning and in the evening in the same day when I double, I have also seem him do intervals and reps around the 400m loop so he definitely doesn’t train like a hobbyjogger.
I am a 16:30 guy and the fact he was doubling and doing repeats lead me to assume he was about the same level but recently, I went into a local 5k with a few friends from my amateur basketball rec. league team, I saw him there and was expecting him to be my only competition. I treated it like some sort of sub-tempo ish run and took off at a blistering 6 minute mile pace and won the whole damn thing cruising in at 18:43 and second place was about 20 seconds behind. Anyway the guy who I saw in the park finished about 4th or 5th in low 20s, I approached him and was like hey I know you from the park, we got talking and he told me he has been running for 12 years, runs 60-70 miles per week and he told me it has taken him 2 years plus speedwork to drop his 5k time from 23 minutes down to 20:xx and his lifetime goal has always been sub 20. His next goal was something like a 1:35 half marathon or something. My first thought was that he wasn’t training properly but we got talking some moe and ot tirns out he actually does know a thing or two about training the right way, he would actually make a pretty decent coach in my opinion. He talked the whole time constantly about running, it made me think he was a bit autistic. His passion for both the sport and the training is definitely there but damn this guy is s l o w.
I’m pretty sure there are lots of him out there, people who do not train like hobbyjoggers but have hobbyjogger times. Does anyone else personally know people like this?