Becoming World Class

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06/10/2012 at 22:50

Hello, I am an 18 year old male runner who has a dream or becoming a world class runner. I have been physically active my whole life and have only just taken an interest in running. I don't currently have a proper pair of running shoes as I have just started out. I am running with trainers which other people have said to me that they are noticable heavy. I currently run 8 miles in 1 hour (with a good ammount of energy left...) This was on road and most of journey was flat. I am training for the 2014 London Marathon where I will be aiming to gain a little respect by finishing in the top 1000 and hopefully be given a starting place which is in the top 500 at the 2015 London Marathon. Do you think I have the potential to make it as world class runner...eventually or do you think that I should be running further then 8 miles at my stage in my life if I am going to make it at high level.  

06/10/2012 at 23:01

Well Samir, you are probably going to have to do a little bit of work.

With 8 miles in 1 hour you are probably towards the lower end of athletes in your age group, to get top the top 1000 in VLM you need to improve to well about sub hour for 10 miles, an improvement of about 25% of your current standard.

If you enjoy running join a club, get a coach, and can I suggest at your age don't get hung up by London Marathon.

 

06/10/2012 at 23:16

You have a long way to go before even becoming national standard. 

As Piers said join a club, I recently joined one and I have picked up some quite useful tips.

Good Luck. 

06/10/2012 at 23:23
How are you going to get into the 2014 London Marathon?
06/10/2012 at 23:34
Mike ..excellent post. Hope everything is going well with you.
06/10/2012 at 23:51

Thanks Mike how's the thing with Brazil going? I'm getting a pair of good running trainers for christmas so i'm hoping my milage goes from 8 miles in 1 hour to 9 miles in 1 hour as the pair I have now might aswell have ankle weights attached to them. Millsy with God's grace.

 

06/10/2012 at 23:52
Is that similar to GFA?
07/10/2012 at 04:48

No-one can 'decide' to be a world class 'anything' until they are already 99% of the way there. 

07/10/2012 at 07:28

New shoes for Christmas and you'll be away.....nailed on!

07/10/2012 at 09:14
Samir Haddad wrote (see)

Thanks Mike how's the thing with Brazil going? I'm getting a pair of good running trainers for christmas so i'm hoping my milage goes from 8 miles in 1 hour to 9 miles in 1 hour as the pair I have now might aswell have ankle weights attached to them. Millsy with God's grace.

 

Road to Rio was kind of a spur of the moment thing, 2020 is achievable though.

By the way 9 miles in an hour is around 6:40mm pace, once you can do them all in sub 5 minute mile pace then your in the elite range. To get a feel of how fast this is, do 70-75secs every 400m of the track. 

08/10/2012 at 16:31

I think it makes more sense to wait until after christmas and see what Santa brings. You might end up being a world-class cyclist or world-class XBox 360 player.

08/10/2012 at 16:35

Maybe Sanata will bring you a new bridge ... and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff can debate whether to walk over it.

08/10/2012 at 16:42

Can I have some of those trainers from Santa too?

08/10/2012 at 17:13

Sorry, I've ordered the last pair.

 

 

 

See them in the above piccy.

08/10/2012 at 19:04

Do you think i could beat Bradley Wiggins in the next Tour De France ? 

I can cycle round the block pretty quick !!

08/10/2012 at 19:18
You still haven't said how you are going to get an entry for the London Marathon? That could be harder than the training!
08/10/2012 at 20:06
mike rushton wrote (see)

Road to Rio was kind of a spur of the moment thing, 2020 is achievable though.


Love it Mike
Edited: 08/10/2012 at 20:06
08/10/2012 at 20:11
Come on- he's 18 and got the world at his feet! Give the lad some slack.

@Samir - have a look at Mike's thread for an idea on the amount of commitment and talent required and get yourself to a club to help start you on your way.

P.s - I'd like some new trainers for Christmas please...
08/10/2012 at 21:15

Samir, weren't you on a thread saying how you were having a football trial, and how you weightlift? What's changed in a couple of months for this dream to emerge?

08/10/2012 at 21:24
I thought you were joking Stevie G - you certainly have an interesting 'my forum' Samir. Not sure if your 2 hour half marathon will get you very far but if you can get in with QPR or continue with your weightlifting I'm sure you'll be fine!

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