Running Performances vs. Bodyweight

I’ve talked about the fact that when I was running in 1999 to 2001 my bodyweight was at its highest 150lbs.  It got as low as 135lbs – which is the weight I was at 18 years old.  Even after resistance training for 3 years by that time.  Yeah…”You’re Doing It Wrong!” echoes in my head too when looking back, haha!

I’ve taken up running again this year and even though I said I was done comparing runs at my current bodyweight (215lbs today) vs. the 150lb running days – I’m going to revive the topic because I’ve had a bit of interest from the forums and other people I correspond with on a regular basis.  Plus a few coworkers have asked me what an impact much higher bodyweight has had on my running. 

This is kind of comparing apples to oranges since I’m more of a resistance trainer these days vs. a runner when I weighed 150lbs.  Still quite interesting though and it’s something that has garnered my attention so I’ve started researching running records at different bodyweights.  I have a few of them but most are anecdotal since the big competitions usually don’t take bodyweights.  There is no bodyweight handicap.  Usually. 

Here are some general all-time PRs (personal records) at the different bodyweights:

***150lbs Bodyweight***

  • 1/4 MILE: 75 Seconds

  • 1 MILE: 6 Minutes 45 Seconds

  • 5K: 25 Minutes 20 Seconds

  • 10 MILES: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

  • HALF MARATHON (13.1 MILES): 2 Hours 17 Minutes 33 Seconds



***215lbs-220lbs Bodyweight*** 


  • 1/4 MILE: 92 Seconds 

  • 1 MILE: 8 Minutes 44 Seconds

  • 5K: 35 Minutes 35 Seconds

  • Haven’t Run Farther Than 5K This Year…


If my weight continues to drop throughout the year – I’ll have more stats to compare with my previous best times.  I have absolutely no plans to go as low as 150lbs again.  I don’t think that would be possible without some catastrophic illness.  The biggest reason I gained most of the weight I have is job-related.  It’s harder to throw around a 220lb guy than a 150lb guy.  Add in being a much stronger 220lb guy than when I was 150lbs and it all adds up to – “Winning!”  As Charlie Sheen would say.


About bencrush

42-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas.
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One Response to Running Performances vs. Bodyweight

  1. chuck says:

    what is your job that you get thrown around in?


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