PR’s Begin At 60 – How I’m Dealing With Running As I Get Older

Getting slower as you age is a part of it.  Yes, there are still speedy runners in their ’60s and ’70s and beyond – but, the truth is that the majority of us do slow down as we get older.  (And, what makes it even harder is that I’m still feel 35 and in my mind I am!)  In some of the Facebook groups that I’m in, so many are having a hard time with this.  I’ve learned to accept it and just keep running and forget about my time. However, it wasn’t easy to do this.  I went through a stage where I wouldn’t run any local races because everyone remembered me as the faster runner.  My ego wouldn’t let me handle that very well.  Truth is – there is maybe one or two people who are still running when I was in my prime – so the newer … {Continue Reading… }

It’s Perfectly Alright To Be Slower As You Get Older!

I’m writing this the afternoon after a morning 20-miler.  I’m thrilled to say that I got it done – and that I feel great! As you’ve heard me say, I’m in the process of training for a marathon in November.  Due to “life”, I haven’t done a marathon for about 7 years or so.  I did 19 last week – and added another mile in the evening – but, there’s just something about hitting that magical 20 for the first time in training. I’m feeling really good about my training – I’ve been adding a mile or two to my long run each week and then cutting back on the 4th week to about 1/2 of the long run.  It’s something that I read that Bill Rodgers did to help stay fresh and injury free – so, I figured I’d try it.  So far, so good. It also feels good … {Continue Reading… }

Running As You Get Older – It Can Be Hard (Mentally)

It can be tough being an over 50 runner.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I still love my running – and still overly passionate about it, etc.  If not, I wouldn’t be out there doing it every day.  However, there are some days when I wish the “younger me” runner was still around. Other runners that I’ve talked with about this all agree – it’s harder on us mentally to admit that we may not be the runners that we used to be.  But, we all agree that it’s so important to us to still be out there. As you keep running as you get older – there are some things that you need to keep in mind.  First of all, you can’t freak out because you’re not running the same times that you used to run.  This is one of the hardest things for me to come to … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – August Running Shorts – Running Faster As You Get Older

Welcome to this month’s Running Shorts! One of the questions that I get asked a lot is about running faster as you get older.  So, I posed that question this month of our experts.  And, here are their wonderful answers! From Bart Yasso: Yes it is possible to get faster as you get older. The easiest way is to make sure your running the proper pace every workout and some speed work. Easy runs or recovery runs should be done around 90 seconds slower than your 5-K pace. Do 9 to 12 mile marathon pace runs or 5 to 7 half marathon pace runs at the per-mile pace that you’d required to reach your finish time goal. On your long runs the pace should be 1 to 1 /2 minutes slower than marathon-goal pace. Speed work can be done on the roads or a track. Start off with something simple … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – Running As You Get Older Is Alright!

Most people don’t realize it – but running is an excellent sport as you grow older.  Running provides excellent benefits that will help to offset the effects of aging. After we hit 30, many changes start to take place in our bodies, including reduction of muscle mass and elasticity, reduction of bone density and fat increases.  What this basically means is that as we age, our times will get slower.  But, I’ve come to terms with that – I’m just happy to still be out there running! But, don’t be discouraged – there are still many older runners out there that are incredible. This includes Ed Whitlock, who ran a marathon in 2:54:49!  I wish that I could have run a sub-3 hour marathon when I was 30! The benefits of running for us “mature runners” is the same as younger runners.  The benefits include reductions in the risks of heart … {Continue Reading… }