Does every runner have the potential to run 1.5 miles in 7 minutes flat

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19/05/2014 at 08:25

My PB is 9:18 which I did last December with 3 months training. I'm 6 foot, 165 pounds, 21 years old and I eat very healthily.

19/05/2014 at 08:26

How would I go about achieving a 7 minute run time? Thanks

seren nos    pirate
19/05/2014 at 08:29

out of interest...why have you picked that distance and that time as your aim


19/05/2014 at 08:32

Every runner - no. You - possibly, given your age.

But, as Seren says, why that distance and time? Seems a bit arbitrary.

19/05/2014 at 08:35

I'm applying for the Army next year. You have to run 1.5 miles in under 10 minutes and 30 seconds initially but it helps to be as fit as possible once you get to basic training and I'm a competitive person

19/05/2014 at 10:41

9:30 would be good enough for the Paras. You could put a load of work into hitting 7 mins but it would be pointless if you fail the rest of the tests (chinup etc).

If you are quick, Maybe better to target 9mins and while also making sure you tick all those boxes?

Edited: 19/05/2014 at 10:42
cougie    pirate
19/05/2014 at 10:48
a 7 minute time for 1.5 miles ?

Do you want to be a skinny distance runner or a Paratrooper ? You can't do both I reckon.
19/05/2014 at 11:41

In theory, only 15% of 21yo runners could be better than this (let alone the general population) according to the results of a WAVA calculator eg

19/05/2014 at 12:13

OK then. Given your reason: as others have said, just not necessary or worth the effort you would need to put in.

19/05/2014 at 13:06
The difference between 10.30 and 7.30 for the 1.5 mile test is huge in ability terms.
The amount of training you would have to do would be huge and for no real benefit for a paratrooper.
Cheerful Dave    pirate
19/05/2014 at 14:10
SteveCRunner wrote (see)

In theory, only 15% of 21yo runners could be better than this (let alone the general population) according to the results of a WAVA calculator eg

That's not how WAVA works.  85% means he's running at 85% of the speed of the 'world best' for that age.  It's got nothing to do with the proportion of people who could do it.

That said, 85% is a high score.  Very few runners of any age will ever get a score that high over any distance, a lot less than 15%!

19/05/2014 at 16:25

@Nayan @cougie I know someone who can ran 1.5 miles in 7 minutes and 15 seconds and he has fairly good strength.

19/05/2014 at 16:29

I'm going to give it a go, I can always adjust the calories I'm taking in. I'll just have to keep an eye on my upper body strength.

cougie    pirate
19/05/2014 at 17:17
I guess it will be handy for running away ? Is this for the Italian Army ?
seren nos    pirate
19/05/2014 at 17:56

I would be careful with training..........if you try and push yourself too hard and too fast to get to this time you will increase your chances of getting injured..and then might even fail the basic tests......

what are your priorities at the moment

19/05/2014 at 19:48

@cougie Not even close, Antarctican Army actually. I reckon I'll be on my own.

19/05/2014 at 19:52

@seren nos

Thanks for advice, I'll work my way back up to around 9:18 again and take it from there. My priorities running wise are just to get my 1.5 mile run time down to the lowest time possible and do a 10 mile run by the end of the year.

19/05/2014 at 20:45

Has Samir got another account now?

19/05/2014 at 21:48

Thanks, Dave, I'm so used to working with percentiles it catches me out when they're not

20/05/2014 at 05:39

zekde.  I'm not saying that everyone who runs 7 mins will be skinny and unable to lift a man out of a burning tank Or whatever.

what I'm saying is that blitzing the running part of your assessment matters less than passing the rest of it. If you are confident on all those aspect go ahead and work on your running. If not then be fast enough to make the run a foregone conclusion but dont bother with a 7 min target. 

Edited: 20/05/2014 at 05:41
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