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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23/06/2013 at 21:26

I'm assuming from his first post that he is from the U.S. Since they usually measure in miles it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility that he's got his distance wrong.

XX1
23/06/2013 at 21:30

Matt -- How did you measure your distance and time?

XX1
23/06/2013 at 21:30

Not that it really makes a difference but this kid sounds like he is American. And americans have a bit of trouble with the old metric!

Probably using some half arsed pedometer from China!

cougie    pirate
23/06/2013 at 21:35
I'd not bother racing it on the treadmill - they can be inaccurate.

If its anything near accurate then yeah it's a very good time.

Unfortunately time on the forum has taught us time and time again that fantastic times are 95% likely to be a false reading on distance. Just last months we had a woman on doing a 17min 5k in jogging bottoms and casual trainers - she swore it was genuine but never came back on....

How did you measure it ?
23/06/2013 at 21:39

ah, I needed this to fill the void left by Tom Chinerys injury!

23/06/2013 at 21:41
So today you ran 13.38 today and tomorrow you think you will be fit enough to do the same? If that's the case you have just about won the lottery. Give up the education. The likes of Nike , Adidas etc will be throwing money at you and you will make a killing at races.
I'd ring up their head offices tomorrow to let them know .
23/06/2013 at 21:41

Olympic gold was won last yr with a 13.41.  So you are not bad, pretty good really but whether you take running seriously and focus solely going forward depends on how good you at other things. 

Edited: 23/06/2013 at 21:42
23/06/2013 at 21:42

"Unfortunately time on the forum has taught us time and time again that fantastic times are 95% likely to be a false reading on distance. Just last months we had a woman on doing a 17min 5k in jogging bottoms and casual trainers - she swore it was genuine but never came back on...."

sounds plausible enough if it were a parkrun In Winchmore hill..... lol

 

23/06/2013 at 21:45

Or let's put it another way - you have run the distance faster than any woman in the world has ever run it. Even all those elite African runners.

Does that sound likely?

Edited: 23/06/2013 at 21:47
23/06/2013 at 21:52

I ran a very hilly 10k in 20 minutes this morning. I don't think the feller's lying.

23/06/2013 at 21:54
Peter Collins wrote (see)

I ran a very hilly 10k in 20 minutes this morning. I don't think the feller's lying.

23/06/2013 at 23:28

Lol- you must have won the Triffic trail by a big margin

XX1
24/06/2013 at 09:44

I'm looking forward to hearing back from Matt sometime soon...

XX1
24/06/2013 at 10:00

I imagine Matt will be looking to run the first half of a marathon at some point to get a feel for the distance before doing the full distance in April next year.

24/06/2013 at 10:07
Grendel3 wrote (see)

I imagine Matt will be looking to run the first half of a marathon at some point to get a feel for the distance before doing the full distance in April next year.

And smashing the world record in the process.

Seriously though Matt, you may be a good runner with the potential to become a very good runner but to be that good at your age with no formal training would pretty much make you the the most talented runner that ever lived. The chances of that, especially as you are not African are, well, zero.

Edited: 24/06/2013 at 10:11
24/06/2013 at 10:15

Grendel: Good point.He also might well be going for a 10,000m 'tester' in the near future.

24/06/2013 at 10:16

No chance or a world marathon record based on that 5K time - which Macmillan says would give him a 2:12 marathon -

But egg on our faces if it turns out to be true - after all Zola Budd broke the world 5K record at a similar age.

24/06/2013 at 10:17
Screamapillar wrote (see)
Grendel3 wrote (see)

I imagine Matt will be looking to run the first half of a marathon at some point to get a feel for the distance before doing the full distance in April next year.

And smashing the world record in the process.

Seriously though Matt, you may be a good runner with the potential to become a very good runner but to be that good at your age with no formal training would pretty much make you the the most talented runner that ever lived. The chances of that, especially as you are not African are, well, zero.

Besides which, someone would definitely have noticed!

24/06/2013 at 10:20

Grendel: I think he's still  too young to officially run a Half Marathon. Wonder what his 1500m time is ? Perhaps about 3:36 ??

24/06/2013 at 10:25
Matt Bratovich wrote (see)

Hi! My names Matt, im 16 years old and am about to be a junior in HS. I have NEVER run a competitive race in my LIFE! I run to feel good and to maintain a good body fat %. I am on again off again with it, sometimes I run 20 miles a week, other times I run 10 miles in 3 weeks. But out of sheer curiosity I was wondering if I did join my HS track team or something if i would be able to compete and not embarrass myself! Just today I ran a 5k in 13:38! I appreciate any input!

Matt - sounds like you are pushing yourself too hard in training - a 13:38 5k converts to a 13:38 5000m which is really quick.

Try upping your weekly mileage but slowing it all down a bit and throwing in a long slow run at the weekend and you should see that time come down.

Also join that HS track team - I think that your solo time trial should probably mean you will be in the top 5 or 6 runners in the team.

Also just reading the Zola Budd comment reminds me - do you wear trainers or not - try running barefoot and your times should plummet (although Nike might not want to sponsor you quite as much!)

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