Originally Posted by SomethingClever
I agree of course that 16:30 doesn't require such elite speed that your average Joe simply can't run that fast.
SC means that most people can run 5:15 pace for like 200m or some other short distance, and I totally agree, but I think most of this thread is insane for thinking that running even one 5:15 mile is something that's available to the majority of people. In my HS class there were like 200 dudes, and I'll bet maybe eight of us could have cracked 5:15 for one mile. And for comparison, maybe five of us could have dunked.
Yes I know that obv both those numbers go way up if everyone's lives are completely devoted to dunking or running a fast mile because THE ALIEN APOCALYPSE IS NIGH, and I totally agree with the principle that devoted people are capable of way more than anyone would guess, but HOLY ****, there is no way that 100 of the dudes in my high school class could have ever
broken 5:15 for one mile, let alone run three of those ****ers back to back to back
. Not happening. Crazy talk in this thread.
For starters, people are totally underestimating the difference between a 6:00 mile and a 5:15 mile. Not everyone who can touch the big loops is capable of dunking a tennis ball, and not everybody who can dunk a tennis ball is capable of dunking a basketball, not even for their lives. It's a bell curve, and crap like dunking and fast miles that depend a ton on genetics is shoved way far over to the right.
fun fact: not even all the US Olympic decathletes can run a 5:15 mile, in some years as many as a quarter of them would struggle to do that.