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 00:53

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!

23/06/2013 at 04:53

Hmm, some proof of this feat may be required before further comment. 

5k converts to 3.107 miles.

Your finish time indicates an average speed of 4 minutes 23 seconds per mile.

Best check your data.

Otherwise you run the risk of being bombed out on the forum for posting hubris.

23/06/2013 at 06:57

13;38 for 3k perhaps Matt. No way for 5k at 16 having never run seriously...


23/06/2013 at 07:11

Are you sure it wasnt five miles? 

23/06/2013 at 07:30

Well the world record for the 5000 m is 12.37.35!

If you truly ran it in 13.38 and haven't messed up your distance, then I'd get down to your local athletics track, get a coach & get training for the Olympics!

23/06/2013 at 07:31
JMopper wrote (see)

Are you sure it wasnt five miles? 

5 miles is further than 5K..... so I doubt it!


BluePeter    pirate
23/06/2013 at 07:39


JMopper wrote (see)

Are you sure it wasnt five miles? 


23/06/2013 at 10:25
If this is true, I would be knocking on Alberto Salazars door first thing in the morning!
How was this 5k measured / timed? Need more proof on this as at the moment this doesn't seem possible, if the no training part is to be belived.
cougie    pirate
23/06/2013 at 10:47
Lol - mo Farah did 14 minutes yesterday. You didn't run 13. The distance is wrong

Try doing a parkrun next Saturday - that will give you a good idea.

Keep up the good work though !
23/06/2013 at 11:12

Before people jump all over you - are you Kenyan? - other wise it is unlikely that the 5K is accurate - to be fair if you are Kenyan it is unlikely that your date of birth is correct!!!!

23/06/2013 at 14:53



23/06/2013 at 15:05

Definitely not competitive - the 125th fastest time in the world this year is 13:35.

You need to seriously up your game, laddie.

23/06/2013 at 15:05

Can't believe some of you lot are asking for proof.

He's a whole minute off the best in the world for goodness sake. Not like he's claiming to be the fastest In the world or anything.

23/06/2013 at 15:09

He'd only have got 25th in the last Worlds.

I think he needs to try a new sport. Athletics holds no kind of future for him.

23/06/2013 at 15:49

Maybe spam, maybe trolling but probably just a kid who's got his distance wrong.

Been happening a lot here recently, it seems to have taken over from the "can I run a marathon with 10 minutes training?" trend.

23/06/2013 at 20:53

I'm not trying to troll anyone, I'm not stupid I know It's a good time, however I'm just trying to figure out if it's good enough to have to sacrifice other activities I'm currently doing. In only the case that pursuing this would be rewarding (scholarship $). 

- I never said I don't Train lol, I've just never run in an official race. I've been running for 5 years

-Also I am pretty sure I have the right distance. 5 kilometers is equal to 3.1 miles - which is how far I ran.

When I feel 100% again, most likely tomorrow I will go out to the Gym and try to do it again on a Treadmill and take a picture of the stats. That's as far as I'm willing to go, I don't need to go leaps and bounds to prove myself over the Internet. Thanks for your Time! 

Edited: 23/06/2013 at 20:54
23/06/2013 at 21:01
cougie wrote (see)
Lol - mo Farah did 14 minutes yesterday. You didn't run 13. The distance is wrong

Try doing a parkrun next Saturday - that will give you a good idea.

Keep up the good work though !

Did you read this post Matt? You are telling us you can run faster than Mo Farah who is not only genetically gifted but has trained for years to become as good as he is. Just think about that for a minute. Your claim is very, very unlikely.

23/06/2013 at 21:17

presumably this is a 5k rather than a track 5000m which would mean you've run a time that has never been beaten at any parkrun, you've run quicker than any uk athlete so far this year. in fact I think you have to go back to mo's run in 2008 to find a quicker 5k by a uk athlete

so yes, you've definitely got a future in the sport or you need a new map

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.

23/06/2013 at 21:30

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

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