Semi Pro?

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27/04/2013 at 18:12

I am now able to run 7 miles in 44 minutes on a flat serfice on a cloudy day. Can I call myself semi professtional yet?

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
27/04/2013 at 18:15

You can call yourself what ever you want....


muppet, sounds like it would fit 

27/04/2013 at 18:21

how am a muppet you dounut and how are people selected for the london marathon?

27/04/2013 at 18:23

Hello Samir. I think what Dave means is 'no, you cannot call yourself semi-professional yet'. The ballot for the London marathon opens on Monday.

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
27/04/2013 at 18:24

Many apply, but only the chosen are selected....


failing that you might try looking at the Lonon Marathon website 

27/04/2013 at 19:26

until you earn money from running you aren't semi pro.

take about 10mins off that time you quote, and have it actually properly measured in a race, and you might be nearer the mark.

27/04/2013 at 21:02

Have a look at this site;

This should give you a good idea of a time to aim at...

I used to be a professional cyclist.... some people called me a paper boy, but hey, a boy can dream

27/04/2013 at 22:52
Samir Haddad 2 wrote (see)

I am now able to run 7 miles in 44 minutes on a flat serfice on a cloudy day. Can I call myself semi professtional yet?

You go for it Samir ....... I consider myself semi professional and Im lucky to run a 10k in under 50 minutes and barely run 30 miles a week ....... and thats only if Ive forgotten to record the Eastenders omnibus.

28/04/2013 at 00:10

Dam Stevie G that sounds like hard work but I have my excuses ready. During the run I had to stop at two traffic lights whilst I had a good pace going and I think in race conditions I would be better so knocking off 5 minutes off that time shouldn't be a problem...I hope. Thanks for the link SideBurn just what I was looking for, but just looking at that list depressed me; some fast people out there and thanks for the encouragement David i'm only 18 so I have many years of running ahead of me and hopefully potential. 

28/04/2013 at 06:49

Course you did, I expect you were wearing those heavy boots from one of your other silly threads

Go and do a race, see how you do. My wager is about 45mins for 10k.


28/04/2013 at 10:15

I once won a Blue Peter badge for a design for the railway of the future. I've been calling myself a semi-professional civil engineer ever since. Still waiting for the phone call from the HS2 guys though. If they don't get their act together soon, I'm taking my skills to China.

In answer to the OP, yes you may call yourself semi pro, particularly if you enjoy mockery.

28/04/2013 at 16:48

Good to see you back Samir. I think you're on the right track. I gave up running when I was 18 partly because I realised I would never be close to winning a major marathon. So it's good to dream and visualise yourself winning these races. It's 99% in the mind so we're told so everyone can run 2.10 for the marathon if they have the right mental attitude, which you clearly have. Think of all the Olympic champs who were mocked by their teachers at school for having a dream. Who's laughing now?

28/04/2013 at 19:48

I agree with Seth above Samir; but if you want to be even more depressed have a look at the times the vets are cracking out into their 60's. I find it depressing, but also inspiring; as in, if a 60+ year old can do cracking times, minutes quicker than mine then I can still cut many minutes off my times.. bring them on...

28/04/2013 at 20:23

in fairness to you young Samir, it's good to have dreams, and you could well be a top local runner, doing competitive times and winning races.

It's a long term aim though, and you'll have to work consistently hard!

01/05/2013 at 19:34

SideBurn what's the best way to go about getting on that list because I know I can easiliy make the 10k one for my catorgory.

01/05/2013 at 19:40

Samir, the best way is to do a 10k race on the first of January. The difficult bit will be staying in the top 100 all year - have a look at last year's rankings! Still something to aim for, but not necessarily 'easy'.

*edited for shit spelling*

Edited: 01/05/2013 at 19:41
01/05/2013 at 21:41

so let me get this straight i've got a half marathon coming up in september and if I get a time of anything under 1 hour 30 mins i get to go on the list

01/05/2013 at 21:46


01/05/2013 at 21:47

I don't think so. I've done 2 sub 1.30s this year and I'm not on the list.

So not sure how it works. 

01/05/2013 at 21:52

you should call them up and get what you deserve

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