Thanks for taking the time to respond. I guess before I let it go, I'll ask why.
What is the impediment? Is there too high a likelihood of injury to someone who really ramps up training later in life? Is the lung capacity developed over the course of years when these athletes are younger? Is the ability to do that a gift that most people would be incapable of no matter how hard (and smart) they train? Or is it just that someone who hasn't trained hard for decades probably won't have the discipline to see it through?
I don't mean to be argumentative. Just very curious because I just have a sense that it might be possible. The evidence I'm looking at is: It was remarkably easy to go from basically zero running to a 3:59 in about six months time, and I seem on pace to get to 3:30 in 2014. I couldn't do anything like an 18 minute 5k right now. Probably 21 to 22 minutes and 46 minutes on a 10k. But I don't think a low 18s 5k or a sub-40 10k are preposterous ideas, say, six months to a year from now. I just don't know what it would take to move beyond that.
I do understand I'm moving into the zone where easy improvement will soon end and it would require some combination of speed work, coaching and getting north of 50 miles a week or maybe even 60 or 70. I've only been into the 30s so far.
So, rather than ask if it's possible, let me instead ask you (or anyone out there) what the biggest obstacles are? Thanks!
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