Originally Posted by why
Ummm...because they are.
Most people tend to grossly overestimate their mileage.
When a really good 5K time is sub-17 minutes and it seems like half the people on this thread are doing 6 and 7 minute miles for longer distances, either this is a hidden haven for athletes or I'm calling bullshit.
Math is apparently not your strong suit. A sub 17 minute 5K is what, a 5:35-5:40 pace? A 6 minute pace brings you into the finish for a 5 K at 18:45, which is decent, probably within the top 15% of most fields. At 7 minute pace, you are finishing a 5 K in 22 minutes, which is going to put you in the top 35% or so - decent, but hardly super athletic.
There is a huge, insurmountable difference between someone like me who can beat 18:30 on a very good day, and someone who runs sub 17 consistently.
As for overestimating mileage, I don't know about everyone else, but I run on a treadmill at a 1% inclune, or on a track, so it's hard for me to bullshit even myself.
It's also pretty obvious by the almost ludicrous training schedules people here seem to have. I mean, what runners do the same distance every day?
Me. I am not training for road races anymore. I train for martial arts, so I use intervals and sprints so that I can get some extra explosive power and muscle endurance in with my cardio. Occasionally, I'll do a longer run with my wife, maybe 6 or 7 miles, just for the company.
Then there's the people that constantly ask questions about losing weight but for some reason have no problem getting 5+ miles in almost every day of the week.
Then again, I really don't care...so....carry on.
Weight is lost and gained, to a large degree, at the dinner table, not at the gym, so this doesn't surprise me at all. One dude at my gym is on the elliptical about an hour every single day. But he is still pretty overweight, maybe 30-40 lbs or so. Go figure.