'splain this for me: science question (Read 778 times)

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    Zola Budd 5'2",  5’5″ Haile Gebrselassie, Joan Benoit 5'2"


    By Jim2 

    "... the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value..."  Thomas Paine Dec 23, 1776 The Crisis 


    Adversity is the first path to truth. Lord Byron


    "No one plans to fail…..they fail to plan" Skinny Pete

      Solinsky is the tallest person to run sub 27 for the 10k - he's 6'1". It seems that the longer the distance the more being tall is a disadvantage. Rudisha is 6'3", but it's interesting that he doesn't even try to compete at 1500...

        The shorter stride is offset by each stride taking less effort, and less time. This allows shorter runners to compete on an equal basis, or possibly even have an advantage.


        Further examples- Minuts Yifter, Mary Keitany, Rosa Mota.

        PBs since age 60:  5k- 24:36, 10k - 47:17. Half Marathon- 1:42:41.

                                            10 miles (unofficial) 1:16:44.


        100K or Bust

          It's not just height, but weight. Back in the 70s the US had an Olympian, Jack Bachelor, who was 6'5" who qualified in the 5,000 in '68 and the marathon in '72.

          2017 Goals: for races not to be exercises in futility

            My my observation the only time it has seemed to be an advantage to be bigger is for young kids (middle school and younger). For the most part, because the kids aren't as trained, the bigger kids tend to be stronger, and just do better

            Old , Ugly and slow

              Long distance running is for small framed people. There have been more short good runners than tall good runners.

              first race sept 1977 last race sept 2007


              2014goals   1300  miles  , 190 pounds , deadlift 400 touch my toes

              Feeling the growl again

                Oh my. I guess I had my Jims mixed up.


                You're not the only one.  Had me very sad for a second.

                "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand


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                100K or Bust

                  Jim2's website, which hillrunner copied and saved, is well worth the read. Jim was a retired engineer who had a way with numbers and analysis. He also worked with Burfoot on the article Amby published in RW on suggesting revisions to BQ times a few years ago.

                  2017 Goals: for races not to be exercises in futility