just throwing it out there wrote:
I don't know why that guy used the indoor 3000 list.
Outdoors 2008 two guys ran 7:31 and another two ran 7:32. In 2007 Bekele ran 7:25, then 3 other guys ran 7:32 (one of whom was Alistair Cragg). In 2006 you had one guy at 7:28, two at 7:29, one at 7:30, two at 7:31, and two at 7:32 (none of whom were KB).
So in conclusion, while 7:30-ish is still crazy fast, it happens a few times per year, every year. It's not unreasonable to assume the best 1500 guy in the world is close.
Good call, laziness on my part. I threw up the indoor list because I automatically thought 3k/indoor event, maybe a deeper list. You're right though. More current, more pertinent.
To the other guy, thanks, I actually do realize that 7:38 is not even 2:30s. But I think that there are a handful of guys who can put together a 7:30, which goes to the point you were contesting, should Ramzi train for 7:30 pace? Well, sure he should, that's top 3k pace in the world and he's one of the top competing athletes. It's called "goal race pace," and a lot of people use it in training.