Is 13:38 a competitive 5k time for 16 year old

Wondering whether or not I should seriously take up running

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27/06/2013 at 09:29
Pete The Plod wrote (see)

I think I was the first to chime in with the calorie output.

The first two calorie digits were 22.

 

22 calories would be two few, 2200 would be too many.

 

so I guessed 22x?

 

 

Sorry, you're right, i'm stealing your thunder here!

27/06/2013 at 09:30

Out of interest, being a short term user of Runners World, is this time of year always silly season, or has this year seen a decent crop of threads

27/06/2013 at 09:32

SB, no problems, great minds eh?

27/06/2013 at 09:33

Calories: Matt thought he was entering his weight in Kg, when it should have been pounds.

What is this metric treadmill doing in the the US? I thought it would have been burnt.

27/06/2013 at 09:39

22x calories could be right for 3.1 miles...

...providing he's under 7 stone in weight...

...though it would also mean he'd have to be a maximum of about 5' 0" to be anything like a healthy weight for his height...

...Matt - height and weight?

 

27/06/2013 at 09:39
Stevie G . wrote (see)
Screamapillar wrote (see)
Dustin wrote (see)

Matt, you really need to get to a track.

 

^ This. It's important you get proper confirmation. Because if this is anywhere near accurate then you could well have a running career in front of you  - but you won't get it by running on a treadmill in a gym. You'll need a track and a coach.

If it isn't accurate - then at least you'll know for sure.

Come on Screamy, there's no "if" to this.

A low 14 on a treadmill, with minimal warm up and not exactly smashing it? It makes that sub 17 5k woman with the tennis shoes look massively likely.

OK I was being generous.

I think the point is that anyone can imagine how good they might be at something.  At the end of the day you either have to keep your fantasies of fame and fortune (or Olympic glory) to yourself or bite the bullet and find out for sure one way or the other. 

Matt's gone public, so to my mind he now has to back his claim up or admit he was wrong.

27/06/2013 at 09:40

I think technology is just bad for us, what I mean by that is.........

 

to have a 5k road PB of 10:38 confirmed by by nike plus app.

 

my piece of crap garmin however was telling me I'd only covered 1.3 miles!!!

27/06/2013 at 09:42

What baffles me most is the absurdity of it all.  If you were going to waste your time on this sort of caper (and I really can't fathom why you would), why would you go for such a totally ludicrous time?

As attempted internet wind ups go, it's pretty ill judged.

27/06/2013 at 09:50

I think he genuinley believes it SB.

The fact remains that the chances of his being an undiscovered prodigy are practically nil compared with him being wrong about his distance. 

And if he is - well, we heard it here first and can regale our friends and family with the tale when he breaks the world record in 2020 

27/06/2013 at 09:51

I can't believe you lot are trying to do detective work on whether or not the calories match up to his stated time for 5K.  He's claiming to have casually cranked out a 13:38 on his own, on a treadmill, at age 16 for f***'s sake!  Of course it doesn't make sense!

Edited: 27/06/2013 at 09:52
27/06/2013 at 09:51

AlsoRan: This is the best thread for a while

27/06/2013 at 09:53
Dachs wrote (see)

I can't believe you lot are trying to do detective work on whether or not the calories match up to his stated time for 5K.  He's claiming to have casually cranked out a 13:38 on his own, on a treadmill, at age 16 for f***'s sake!  Of course it doesn't make sense!

We never said it did. But for some reason it still seems to make sense to him. Hence the advice to go and run it on a track. 

We've already compared his times to the world's eites and he doesn't seem convinced so it's the only way to burst the bubble.

Edited: 27/06/2013 at 09:55
27/06/2013 at 09:59

We shouldn't rule out the possibilty that this chap might have seven foot long legs. Or maybe just four legs. Or be an antelope.

27/06/2013 at 10:08
Maybe he has been using my Garmin.
Last on last Sunday's hilly off-road run, miles 18-21 all came in at under 4 min / miles.
27/06/2013 at 10:11

He was driving it, I reckon.

27/06/2013 at 10:13
Millsy1977 wrote (see)
Maybe he has been using my Garmin.
Last on last Sunday's hilly off-road run, miles 18-21 all came in at under 4 min / miles.

I presume that was the downhill bits at least? Were you wearing roller skates?

27/06/2013 at 10:17
That bit was pretty flat and it was more of a shuffle than a sprint.
I don't think I'll be moving to Boulder to develop a career just yet.
I'll spend my time trying to sort out what's wrong with the Garmin.
Or maybe i'm just a cynic.
27/06/2013 at 10:24

The Garmin is just trying to encourage you. It had hopes of being owned by a professional athlete. It's been longing to tell you you've done under 4 minute miles and finally plucked up the courage to live its dream..... don't shatter its illusions.

27/06/2013 at 10:31

Or send it over to Texas, where an athlete of its standards can make good use of it and appreciate it for what its telling you 

27/06/2013 at 10:49

My Garmin once blurted out that it admired my 11 inch wanger.

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