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 runners have absolutely no clue who I am.
Now, side note here. I say I was a faster runner. OK, that’s just comparing to my times now. Here is a list of my PR’s (Personal Records):
5K – 21:46
4 mile – 29:25
5 mile – 37:00
10K – 45:02
10 mile – 78:57
Half Marathon – 1:47:26
15 Mile – 2:01:11
Marathon – 3:39:22
Now, I’m not saying that it’s easy seeing your race times increase. It’s definitely not easy. But, I’ve come up with a plan to help me to deal with it.
Starting next year on April 16th, my PR’s are going to reset. That’s the day that I turn 60. After that day, the next race is a PR. And every distance is a PR and that is then the time to beat.
Every race that I run, I will be trying to beat the “new PR”.
Maybe that’s a cop out. Maybe that’s an excuse. Possibly. But, I’m really kind of excited about it! I’m looking forward to these new times and pushing myself reasonably to beat these times and not match the old times. Make sense?
I know that it’s almost a year away. But, I wanted to share. Maybe if you are like me and feeling a little bad about slowing down – this will help you!