The Stillman Formula for optimal running weight

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13/09/2012 at 13:47
killermiles wrote (see)

I came across The stillman formula a while back, which I decided to follow. Did a check and found my normal ideal weight should be 148 Lbs. As I run long distance, should be aiming at 20% below normal range. So my normal weight is 10 St 8lbs, minus 20%. Giving a running weight for my 6ft 3 inch frame is 8 stone, 4 lbs.

This is what I've acheived, and it does work, finding running conistant and quick recovery.

Anybody aiming for this formula? Google search and explains all. 


@Bos1 - In the OP, he says that by using Stillman he's improved his running. I wanted to know if he's found anyone that does agree with him

13/09/2012 at 14:06


when the OP says "this is what I've achieved" that can be read as an achievement in reducing weight.
The OP has not produced anything other than assertion to show that "he's improved his running". Improvement in race results is a very easy way to demonstrate improvement in running. OP has said almost nothing about race results in this or the other thread that was linked.
In fact there were some unexplained inconsistencies when he actualy posted some running stats.

OP has not produced race stats. OP has posted weight.
What do you think he is focussed on?


13/09/2012 at 14:11

And he's yet to acknowledge that his maths is completely screwed up anyway, so even by the Stillman formula he is grossly underweight.

13/09/2012 at 14:47

I like this Stillman formula - even as a long distance runner I need to gain nearly half a stone. Pass me the pasta!

13/09/2012 at 14:54

According to the Stillman formula, I can give you that half stone, Gul.  However, my fondness for pasta and cakes means that is unlikely.  A BMI of 19 is just fine, thanks.

13/09/2012 at 15:09

At 1.85m Stillman reckons I should be racing (long distance) at a smidge under 70kg.  I got close to this last year (71-ish) and raced well, but people were enquiring after my general health and whether I was eating enough.

13/09/2012 at 15:11

When I look at the Stillman formula  I think that possibly there is an elite endurance runner inside me.

But that's only because I was very hungry at lunchtime today. So I didnt notice the elite hiding under the lettuce.

13/09/2012 at 18:33

This whole Killermiles profile is becoming past a joke now.

At 8stone 4 at 6ft 3, you aren't going to be running 100s of miles, you'll mostly likely be slumped in a chair with no energy or strength to do anything.

Every post is weight related, no carbs or meat are taken on board, there's no evidence of any race results acheived.

Come on folks, it's even clear from his name that it's a wind up.

I mean, Killer miles! At 8 stone 4 they certainly would be!


Edited: 13/09/2012 at 18:36
13/09/2012 at 18:57
Agree with Stevie G on this. The OP is capable of running a sub 1:20 HM and eats no meat or carbs, is 6 ft 3 and 8 st 4? Total and utter bollocks! My Nan would have more energy
13/09/2012 at 20:26

OP might feel healthy but if he does succumb to any illness then he will have no reserves at all.

13/09/2012 at 20:50

This is clearly a silly formula for most people- I am 5'7" and if I weighed 8st2 (as suggested for a long-distance runner) I would look emaciated!

13/09/2012 at 21:49

The Stillman BM calculator sets the overweight/obese limits quite a bit lower than the accepted norm.

13/09/2012 at 22:59

As requested: my body, now.

Edited: 13/09/2012 at 22:59
14/09/2012 at 04:40
Killer miles, I admire the 10000m time you say you achieved but your half marathon time just doesn't add up.
More importantly I think you need to get help to be honest because you seem in denial about having an eating disorder. Seriously, get help before you get health problems.
14/09/2012 at 05:22

Killermiles: I believe you are on a wind up. However, on the tiny chance that you are not, I can only reiterate what everyone else has said. You are dangerously underweight and need to get help, now.

14/09/2012 at 08:36
Agree, total wind up. That's either not him or that's him and he's not running the times / distances he says he is.
14/09/2012 at 09:21

Please don't feed the troll.

14/09/2012 at 09:39

The irony wasn't lost on me. But he is clearly a attention-seeker who is either in need of professional help or just a wind-up merchant, ie a troll.

14/09/2012 at 11:48

That isn't what I meant.

14/09/2012 at 12:29

nor is it what you said.

That aside, for some one to reach the targets set by Stillman seems borderline to me. To starve yourself beyond that is illness.

I have never considered myself overweight but by Stillman I am normal. That I find striking as I am forever being harangued about my weight as it is. I don't think that I would ever want to be the weight that Stillman suggests that I should be. It's a stone lighter than I am.

I do find that I am larger than many female runners I mix with. That hasn't made me any slower than them.

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