what times are you running at the moment and what did you do in the past?
I do run past quite a few peopleon bikes during training so don't be phased by my times
31-22 for 10km in 1992 ish... And 15-45 for 5km on the track.... Dont remember ever seening a 5k road race them days..... Got injuried around 97, and didn't run again untill last Sept due to hitting 50, and being overweight (4 stone heavier than 97)......
I personally think, with unterurted training, and some weight loss I could get to around 18-19 mins for 5k... But thats easier said than done..... Missed close to five months this year for one reason or another. but I'm getting there.... Started year off running 24min but got that down to 20-47 in July, was in good shape to smash that in Aug, but got shingles on the day of race.....
Hopefully I'll get there.... The bike thing was a joke...I've got a Honda 250, it goes faster than that......
I stopped running in 1985 and 5k's and 10's where not really around then just used to be road races over various distances
I stopped running from 19 until 41 then realised I was unfit and overweight so thought I would do something about it been training properly since 2008 but picked up mileage in 2010 and continued into this year.
Got ill myself in Nov 10, 5 days after running 5 mile in 27.10 had burst appendix and then when in hospital developed CDIF (hospital bug) I lost 6 kg in 4 days and my wife was told I might not pull through it was after this I thought bloody hell you've got some running to catch up on and make the most of your talents so after 2 month rest and recuperation I started to train even harder to prove a point to myself
Still way off times as a kid but have several race times in top 10 on power of 10 for age group including fastest 1 mile for V45 so very pleased still feel more to come if I can keep injury'sat bay suspect left achilles and knee at moment but like most runners of our age running through
Great times bluenose back in the day you cannot judge yourself on those times but make your target V50 category boys and move up the rankings!!
Sorry to hear about your probs, but thats behind you..... And whatever your doing at the moment looks like to be leading you to some exciting times.....
I hope soon to get under the 20min barrier, but if it doesn't happen then so what, I'm really enjoying being back in the sport.....
Thanks guys for the comments..
Was not racing today, stuck 2m on at the start to make a slow 22m was aiming for 8:25's, finished with 8:20's, so quite happy.
Bluenose, Im sure youll be under that 20 barrier soon, Parkruns is the way to go for that....
Anybody on here found fell running to be a good fallback plan for the aging runner if the road pounding gets too much?
I tried a short (8km/ 270m climb) fell race in the spring for the first time. Damn near killed me but I beat a V40 runner who regularly (including the following week) beats me by 3-4 minutes over a flat 10k. I can still keep up 35-50 mainly road miles/ week right now but the lower legs protest a lot of the time and would probably like a few more trails next summer.
Did my first Mara Sunday at Wolverhampton:- 3:00:29 & 9th. All going well until mile 16 when my legs turned to porridge & had to dig deep to make the next 10 miles. Anyway, got to be pleased with that as a benchmark for the future.
Just wonder how long I'm gonna be walking round like Charlie Chaplin!
Hope all you "oldies" are in good fettle!
Did my first recovery run this evening since Sunday's mara. My usual 14 miler in just under 2hrs. First couple of miles felt a bit strange & then it started to feel like normal again! Next race in just under 3 weeks-Oxford half.
Will start ramping up the miles again before the next taper for Abingdon mara in Oct. Sometimes I think I must be bonkers!
Yes, you are bonkers. But with what you've learned from marathon 1 the 3 hour barrier should be a formality.
Though a regular timed run to gauge fitness is helpful I'd say keeping me out the boozer on a Friday is the key parkrun contribution to faster times.
Running my first ever 5000m track race tomorrow cannot believe how nervous I feel!! I never raced this distance on the track as a kid only roads
I haven't eased down for it but I promised the club I would run as it is the Northern Mens League Division 2 promotion match in Cleckheaton
Not sure how to approach 12.5 laps don't really know what to expect no doubt race will be full of U30's wondering what this old fart is doing racing them anyway might just surprise them and myself!!
Unfortunately I will be the A runner as the normal A runner cannot make it anyway I'll give my best shot.
I am aiming for sun 16.30!!
Rob- I did one last year as a time trial with my club.... Won in a time of 18.40 Only problem was I can't run & keep proper note of the laps I did... Ended up doing an extra lap til someone flagged me down!
How many other runners are there? Bunching, tripping & lapping slower runners may be factors that come into play.
I'm sure a speed merchant like yourself will be fine Just save a bit for the last 200metres.
All the best!
There are supposed to be eight teams 2 runners per team
Thanks I will try and do all Vets proud!
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