Marathons: Good Times For Heavy Runners?

I’ve written before about the unique difficulties faced by heavy runners. I’m very tall, fairly broad and weight in at over 210lbs right now. This post talks about the problems that brings.

One post that I came across, here. Goes into detail on a number of points around heavier runners (often called “clydesdale running”, particularly in the US) and a particular challenge was laid down on that forum around running a marathon with a “good for weight” time. Essentially, this is:

Can you run a marathon in the same number of minutes as you weigh in pounds.

For example:

140 pounds = 140 minutes = 2:20
150 pounds = 150 minutes = 2:30
180 pounds = 180 minutes = 3:00
200 pounds = 200 minutes = 3:20

I think this is a very good suggestion – I currently weigh 210lbs but I was lighter when I did my best marathon time and I don’t think I quite made this cut off, perhaps missing out by 2-3 minutes.

Can you run a marathon in this time? I think I could do it, but I’d need to be very dedicated to my running over a fairly long period of time.

What I like about this idea is it gives us heavy runners a way to compare ourselves against lighter people. It’s a bit like introducing weight categories for running.

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