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 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.

27/06/2013 at 10:56

SB - so it mixes up metric and imperial as well then...11cms

27/06/2013 at 11:18

I know what I heard,

27/06/2013 at 11:40
Screamapillar wrote (see)
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.

I imagine winning Olympic gold on a few runs. But it's just a nice imagination to liven up a run. It's not claiming to be in that ilk already, and then publicising it.

Once you do that you cannot win. Even if he's a 17min 5k man, which in itself is probably still unlikely, he'll still look foolarse.


Strangely Brown wrote (see)

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.

It's the asking whether it's competitive...for a 16 year old that cracks me up!

27/06/2013 at 11:46

I think he gets some leeway just for being 16 - I mean he's allowed to be a bit daft, no?

That's not to say that I don't marvel at people's capacity for self delusion. Not once have I seen one of these so-called speedsters, when confronted with elite times say, "Oh fair enough, I guess I could be wrong then."

Instead, they'll stick to their postion no matter what. Now that's foolarse 

27/06/2013 at 11:55
They either stick to their position or just disappear into the ether, never to be heard of ever again ( when they realise they made a mistake and can't face owning up to it. )
27/06/2013 at 12:06

I'd respect someone that did admit they were wrong. I think most people would.

27/06/2013 at 12:35
Strangely Brown wrote (see)

I know what I heard,

Your missus told me that mine was bigger than yours 

27/06/2013 at 13:09

She was talking about your bald patch

27/06/2013 at 13:10

Yep Screamy, it's like they miss the rational thought process of "hang on, i'm just a very inexperienced runner, just starting out, doing my times in training, on my own, yet am getting close to the best in the area/region/country/world" (delete depending on how deluded)

That would make some slightly reconsider, if just possibly they'd got it wrong.

27/06/2013 at 13:12
Stevie G . wrote (see)

It's the asking whether it's competitive...for a 16 year old that cracks me up!

Which begs the question, what is the 5k record for a 16 year old?

Edited: 27/06/2013 at 13:12
27/06/2013 at 13:21

best i could find according to good is the fastest Juniors time of 12:47:53 by Hagos Gebrhiet who set it in june last year aged 18, UK wise the 5000k record for u-17 has stood at 14:41:8 since 1974! good work Nicky Lees!

27/06/2013 at 13:25

Park run best for an Under 17 is 15:10, world junior record is ~12:50 (thats under 20s I think)
UK under 17 all time is 14:41 (Nicky Lees 1974) according to gbr athletics

Best comparison though is Galen Rupp broke Pre's US trials record last year by running 13:22. The record had stood fro 40 years. These are senior men.

27/06/2013 at 13:46

I know of a place with a 400m track, i'll drive up there sometime today

27/06/2013 at 13:53

you show em matt,

to be honest the speed you run i would jog up there, not drive up as it will be quicker.

what distance will you do on the track?  1k, 3k 5k ?

Edited: 27/06/2013 at 13:55
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