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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25/06/2013 at 10:21

I think the Alex Vero story is a classic of the genre, and should be required reading for anyone giving it the Billy-Big-Bollocks in the future!  On the one hand, what he did achieve was pretty impressive, yet his HM still "only" puts him in the same league as many, many good club runners, still a world away from the exceptional club runner managing sub-70, let alone his own Olympic aspirations, which would've required more like sub-63.

That's another common theme to a lot of these posts - people's complete lack of appreciation of non-linear race time progression!!  If you think the performance gap between 85 and 90 mins is the same as that between 80 and 85, 75-80, 70-75, etc. then you really need to start thinking a lot smarter, and maybe pay attention to rankings!  Maybe they should start teaching logarithms in school again. 

25/06/2013 at 10:45

Phil it goes back to Charlie Spedding's biography, in which he said he was constantly being asked what runners could do to improve and his secrets - no one was interested in the 16 years training he had done ahead of winning the London marathon and his Olympic Bronze.

25/06/2013 at 11:04

Grendel: that's unfair to CS; I'm sure he told them to avoid cottage cheese, because only fat people seem to eat it, which is pretty sound advice.  The improvements I've made to my running since stopping eating cottage cheese are exceptional.

25/06/2013 at 11:19

LOL - you are right there Joolska - but I seem to remember he had been asked if eating cottage cheese would help and that was his reply!!!

Perhaps looking back over 30 odd years the reason I never did very well was that I never ate cottage cheese so I couldn't give it up!!!  How long should I eat it for before I give it up and is it an immediate improvement or will I have to train as well?

(I remember when Maxim first came out, the claims they made for that was nothing short of miraculous - didn't work for me though)

25/06/2013 at 11:43

I think you can get the same effect by rubbing it into your legs before and after running.

25/06/2013 at 11:54

Oh no! I was just about to have some cottage cheese for lunch. No wonder I'm not that fast. 

25/06/2013 at 12:08
Grendel3 wrote (see)

Phil it goes back to Charlie Spedding's biography, in which he said he was constantly being asked what runners could do to improve and his secrets - no one was interested in the 16 years training he had done ahead of winning the London marathon and his Olympic Bronze.

The "overnight sucess" is pretty rare in any field. And in sport - never. I'll never understand why so many people are so unwilling, or unable, to grasp that.

Edited: 25/06/2013 at 12:08
25/06/2013 at 12:13

I bet the troll who started this this conversstion is very disappointed that it has become such a fun chat thread and not what he /she intended!

Hopefully it will keep going!!

cougie    pirate
25/06/2013 at 12:17
Good point Screamapillar. I can't think of any overnight success in sport.
Anyone else have any examples ?
25/06/2013 at 12:22
Steven O'Donoghue 3 wrote (see)

I bet the troll who started this this conversstion is very disappointed that it has become such a fun chat thread and not what he /she intended!

Hopefully it will keep going!!

He's not a troll he's just a very naive kid.

Mind you the question I always ask myself is why people come on here rather than trying to find out what as "fast time" looks like from race results on the internet? There's loads of information out there that could tell you in less than 5 minutes whether you're an undiscovered talent or have got your distance wrong.

25/06/2013 at 12:25
Especially as the OP said that his Dad ran marathons back in the day.
Surely he could explained to him how good/ dubious the claim was.
25/06/2013 at 12:26

Cougie.... Danny Larusso maybe?!!!

25/06/2013 at 12:28
cougie wrote (see)
Good point Screamapillar. I can't think of any overnight success in sport.
Anyone else have any examples ?

The only person I can think of off the top of my head is E.L.James. (Fifty Shades).

It was an idea whose time had come, buoyed up by a large Twilight fan base. The quality of the wiritng didn't even come into it, it was just a case of right place, right time. She was lucky and would probably admit that herself.

Edited: 25/06/2013 at 12:28
25/06/2013 at 12:28
Tim Natrajan wrote (see)

Cougie.... Danny Larusso maybe?!!!

 

As in Karate kid. was that his name? Maybe I'm getting confused with Danny La Rue?

25/06/2013 at 12:32

Scream: The only person really I can think of in athletics is Ed Moses. He only took up 440m Hurdling in 1975 and won Olympic Gold in a new World Record in 1976.

However he'd ran in sprint hurdles and 400ms before then.

25/06/2013 at 12:40
I think Paul Evans was pretty close although he was fit from playing football.
25/06/2013 at 12:55

Paul Evans was quoted as saying that he could always run a bit when he played football, his only problem was when he had to take the ball with him - I seem to remember he did a 33 10K in his first race - so nothing near what the OP is already achieving - agree though this has been a fun thread (especially now Tom has decided to revisit his target and train properly)

25/06/2013 at 13:06

I reckon that a kid with internet access would not come asking silly questions on here, especially if daddy was a runner. He'd google it and then ask his dad to time him over said distance. mind you that scenario may explain his failure to return....... Daddy had sold him to the Nikeys!!! Lol

25/06/2013 at 13:07
 
Screamapillar wrote (see)
 

The only person I can think of off the top of my head is E.L.James. (Fifty Shades).

It was an idea whose time had come, buoyed up by a large Twilight fan base. The quality of the wiritng didn't even come into it, it was just a case of right place, right time. She was lucky and would probably admit that herself.

I think this example is a good illustration of overnight success only really being possible when you can rely on external factors to define "success".  Within the arts & entertainment field, it can certainly help to be good at what you do, but it's certainly not entirely necessary!  (Dan Brown, X Factor, shit erotica, etc.)  In today's multi-billion population, mass media environment you could just get lucky.  But in sport there are no short cuts; without actually being good, which takes talent and shed loads of hard work, you won't get to compete at any kind of level in order to reach that sort of exposure.

Edited: 25/06/2013 at 13:09
25/06/2013 at 13:09

I do not really believe in 'natural ability' a guy in my old club had it in spades... never used to train, but always did well in races.

But his definition of 'not training' allowed him to not include his mileage too and from work; because that is 'commuting'.

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