What do you do when PBs are a distant memory
Yes there is its called age grading so you can still have targets. quite a few races these days include age grading in the results.
http://www.runnersworld.com/tools/age-graded-calculator Try this Johnny.
As well as the WAVA age grading thing, there is always just the pure competition. There's always someone just in front and/or just behind you. If you enter quite a lot of local races, you begin to recognise some familiar faces and vests of people doing similar times to you. Joining a club also give some competition with people who you know are a similar standard. Odd distances or off-road races are great fun as well, so you are not just chasing pb's, but can focus on the racing (it's not just for the guys at the front!)
Having said that, depending on quite what age you are, you probably don't have to give up on pb's just yet - loads of people keep running fast and improving during advancing years. I've just set pb's at 10k and half marathon aged 41, beating times I did in my late 20's.
There is a handicapping system on RunBritain (which automatically gets details of your UKA-licenced races).
You can work to improve your handicap, compare it to other people's, etc,.
There's no reason to give up on PBs, though.
I achieved several in my late 40s, getting older does not necessarily mean getting slower - unless you were VERY fast in your youth!
I found that training in a more focussed way, using a good schudule, made a lot of difference.
Since I started doing parkrun, what, nearly four years ago, I've done a new PB at least once a year, and I'm ancient, so it is possible. I feel I've reached the peak, however, and am now facing a long downhill.
How about concentrating on your PB for the age category you're in?
Johnny join a local running club that gets involved in XC's they are always odd no's and VERY fun!
Johnny2323 wrote (see)
If not time then what other targets do people aim for?
Some people try new distances (e.g. Ultramarathons) or triathlon (or duathlon, etc). I'm currently working towards getting my parkrun 50 t-shirt. For the overachievers there's the 100 marathon club.
M40pbs, M50pbs, wava ratings, fastest time this year, heart beats/km, maximum cadence/stride this year, most different parkruns, furthest parkrun from home...the possibilities are endless.
I'm led to believe, by someone who's actually in the 100 marathon club, that you can join as an associate member when you've done 50. You can wear the club colours, however, only when you've achieved three figures.
And, ye gods, look at this list. http://www.100marathonclub.org.uk/new/statistics/rec-alpha.shtml
Johnny, I've done three and am quite satisfied with that. I'm happy to set up a Three Marathon Club and make us the only members...
I AM, however, only 22 away from 200 parkruns. I find it easy to get up in the morning for those.
My pbs are all from 2004 and 2005. Managing decline, that's what I'm doing.
But I can still chase my season pb, my relative position in my age group and as others have said, my age grading.
Sometimes, just sometimes, I can pull out a time that is not a pb but the fastest I've done in a while. Like last week's Bracknell Half Marathon - sub 1:44, for the first time in three years, back when I was on the right side of 50 ... So there's life in the old dog yet. Don't give up!
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