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dreamerunner Rookie 4 posts since
Sep 26, 2011
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Sep 26, 2011 5:30 PM

Is an under 15 min 5km time impossible for most men?

Hi people. I'm new in this forum.


I'm just wondering whether achieving a 5km time below 15 minutes is impossible for most men. Maybe a 14:00 time ( Note that this time is still a bit far from the world record)

In this case, will it depend much on my genetics/body limits?

  • nowirun4fun Legend 208 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010

    Yes, it is impossible for most men.


    For example, if you use an age based equivalency calculator, like, and plug in 15 minutes for a 50 year old man, that's basically world class.  An 18 year old man isn't much less stellar, coming in at 88%, or a really strong national time class.


    You said most, which is below median.  This is far beyond the grasp of most men.

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010

    Those are crazy fast times.  Not impossible, just wildly out of reach of most folks hanging around a site like this, which is for recreational runners more than elite competitors.  I think it comes down to "If you have to ask..."


    Dreaming is fine, but don't let it put you in a position where you're going to hurt yourself or be blinded to the excellence of achieving personal goals rather than competetive ones.

    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

  • nowirun4fun Legend 208 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010

    I'm with you - why not try it.  But, why stop there, go all the way.


    As the late great Steve Prefontaine said - If you are a runner you are never completely satisfied unless you get a World's Record


    Do keep us posted with your progress.

  • grid-rider Legend 235 posts since
    Sep 5, 2009

    If your 19yrs old 5'-10" and weigh 145 # ...and ...your from Kenya, no problem.

    It is nice to dream though 

  • taylor007 Pro 88 posts since
    Nov 15, 2010

    I am going for under 15 minutes!!! I will keep you posted on my progress. I am guessing if I can do it, it should take me about 2 -3 years to get there. I am not that young either. So I say if you want to try go for it. Get a lot of advice and dont try to get there all in at once. It will lead to many an injury!! Good luck and keep us posted!!

    5k- 18.17(12/11) - 5m- 32.12(12/11) - 10k- 39.58(12/11) - 13.1- 1:27:42(12/11)

    9/11/11 - I did a green run 5k - 20.00

    10/22/11 - YMCA 5k - 19.38

    11/24/11 - Mesa Turkey trot 10k - 55.36 (PR) (backwards)

    12/4/11 - Fiesta Bowl HM - 1.27.42 (PR)

    12/10/11 - Sally's Run 5k - 18.17 (PR)

    1/7/12 - Run, walk, roll 5k - 18.53

    1/15/12 - PF Changs HM - 2.10.27(PR) (backwards)

    2/12/12 - Runners Den 5 & 10 - 18.24

    2/12/12 - Parkinsons 5k - 19.24

    3/3/12 - Ryan House 5k - 18.21

    3/10/12 - Fight Childrens Cancer 5k - 18.21


    3/17/12 - Kiss me Im Irish 8k

    4/1/11 - Carlsbad 5000

  • 525Jerm Amateur 25 posts since
    Apr 24, 2008

    I think that's the great thing about running... You really can't count anyone out. I've got down in the 17's but it got to the point where I didn't enjoy it as much. Sure I'd like to say I can run a 15 min 5k, but I don't think I'd enjoy running as much.

  • JasonFitz1 Legend 578 posts since
    Jun 19, 2009

    It will certainly be hard as that's a pretty fast time. Most runners who can break 15 minutes are good Division I runners or (usually) all-american Division III college runners. It takes years of really hard work so as long as you're loving every step of it, you'll hopefully make it. Genetics / your talent level certainly play a part as it's a fairly elite time in the grand scheme of things. But don't discount how far good training can take you.


    I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes: "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."


    Good luck,

    - Jason.

    Strength Running
  • SingleRunner Amateur 21 posts since
    Oct 4, 2008

    I would be very, very contented with any time under 20 minutes...I'm 47 and I run my first 5K in 3 years on Saturday (11/5). I've been training since August and I'm expecting a time around 23:30, not factoring in the freaking wind!!!! We'll see...

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