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How many miles did you run today?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by MonkeyFresh, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I find it funny how everyone here is a fucking super athlete.

    Four 6:15 miles? Jesus.

    Then there's the guys that run 10 miles 9 days per week.


    6:15 miles is fast, but hardly in the "super athlete range", especially over just 4 miles. At this pace (which is just slightly over to my 5K race pace,) you are in the top 10, 15% of the (male) field, but far from elite. Even "decent" recreational runners, by which I mean runners who place consistently in smaller, local races, do about 5:30 for 10K. You are really only even marginally competitive if you can finish your 10K in under 35 minutes (Er, I am not.)

    As for mileage, 3-4 miles/day is pretty low. 10K run is a pretty typical run for a recreational runner who is using that as their entire workout. On any given day on the Charles River in Boston, you will see people if all ages, shapes an sizes doing a 5.6 mile loop. My wife runs 6 miles to 9 miles on her long run days, and she didn't start running until maybe 5 years ago.

    Besides, the people who choose to post in this thread obviously run, Eason excepted. It's not a typical cross section of the population. And reading through the responses, you have people who do distances, people who run speed, and then people who just run recreationally to stay in shape.
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    ran 13 miles last night in just under 1hr25minutes.
    probably will go about 10mi today after the sun goes does and it cools off a bit.


    Dammit. Your training runs are faster than my PR for half marathons. Booo!
     
  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    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.

    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.

    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.
     
  4. LA Guy

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    I think interval training is the hardest and most beneficial. Hurts like a bitch too.

    Yes. I am constantly doing interval training, and my wife likes to take walks. My legs are usually fatigued, and I would rather ride my bike or my razor scooter than walk a block.
     
  5. SUPER K

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    Garmin has inexpensive, GPS wrist mounted running models. Track your history, real time pace, weekly totals, heat rate, etc. Ends that accuracy argument.
     
  6. jamoo

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    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.
    Agreed, though I'd change 'dinner table' to 'couch/sofa/chesterfield'.
     
  7. LA Guy

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    Agreed, though I'd change 'dinner table' to 'couch/sofa/chesterfield/computer desk'.

    Fixed.
     
  8. why

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    Math is apparently not your strong suit. A sub 17 minute 5K is what, a 5:35-5:40 pace?

    We're talking about a 4-miler where the pace per mile is generally slower.

    Nice try though.

    Anecdotal evidence is amazing. The 30-40lbs. could be his last bit to lose of the 100 he's trying to lose.

    Or it could be that he's just doing a low intensity. Most people probably burn only 500-600 calories on the elliptical in an hour -- that's pretty shitty.
     
  9. VINSON

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    We're talking about a 4-miler where the pace per mile is generally slower. Nice try though.
    This is terribly wrong. Google Vancouver Sun Run and the fastest times. The "super athletic" run the 6.21 miles aprox at a pace of 4.83 minutes per mile. (30 minutes, well, slightly under @ 10km) It is done every year by many people and all the times are recorded in the paper.
     
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    This is terribly wrong. Google Vancouver Sun Run and the fastest times. The "super athletic" run the 6.21 miles aprox at a pace of 4.83 minutes per mile. (30 minutes, well, slightly under @ 10km)
    So you're trying to prove really athletic people are really athletic? Ummm...okay? I know what good times are for different runs. I also know the percentage of people that have those times. I just find it hard to believe there's so much athletic talent lurking around here.
     
  11. justsayno

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    I do 1.5 miles at the rate of 6 mph. Is that weak?
     
  12. VINSON

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    So you're trying to prove really athletic people are really athletic? Ummm...okay? I know what good times are for different runs. I also know the percentage of people that have those times. I just find it hard to believe there's so much athletic talent lurking around here.
    You stated that 6:15 miles at 4 miles was super athletic. You emphasized the fact that 6:15 at a 4 mile pace, not a 1 mile pace, was special. My argument is that it is not super athletic, it is just athletic. Super athletes can go faster and longer. Hopefully this is simple enough to understand; if you truly knew the distribution you wouldn't have made such a ludicrous statement of disbelief. You don't have to be an athlete or bullshitting to get a good time for 4 miles. Anyway, I know you'll try deflecting these points with non sequitur and insults and such so I'll finish here.
     
  13. Syl

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    An old joke on running.
    Seems fitting given the [​IMG]
     
  14. VINSON

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    An old joke on running.

    Seems fitting given the [​IMG]


    [​IMG] Indeed.
     
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    why Senior member

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    You stated that 6:15 miles at 4 miles was super athletic. You emphasized the fact that 6:15 at a 4 mile pace, not a 1 mile pace, was special. My argument is that it is not super athletic, it is just athletic. Super athletes can go faster and longer. Hopefully this is simple enough to understand; if you truly knew the distribution you wouldn't have made such a ludicrous statement of disbelief. You don't have to be an athlete or bullshitting to get a good time for 4 miles.

    Anyway, I know you'll try deflecting these points with non sequitur and insults and such so I'll finish here.


    So the argument is now what constitutes super athleticism vs. athleticism.

    Okay. What the fuck?
     
  16. jwied82

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    I find it funny how everyone here is a fucking super athlete.

    Four 6:15 miles? Jesus.

    Then there's the guys that run 10 miles 9 days per week.


    Simply being able to run 4 miles in 25 minutes doesn't necessarily show that one is super athletic.
    I think the average young male (without weight issues) would be able to do that with enough training, though some would take more alot training than others

    Also, i bet that alot of good distance runners would score relatively low in overall athletic testing like they would use to rate NBA or NFL prospects.
     
  17. jwied82

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    Dammit. Your training runs are faster than my PR for half marathons. Booo!

    Thats probably a little misleading though, my half marathon pr is only about 35 sec/mile faster than the pace i ran last night... im not super fast but i do my everyday running at closer to race pace than most people probably do because its more enjoyable/comfortable for me.
     
  18. weeks

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    4.2 miles in 40:37
     
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