Good Sam wrote (see)
Hi guys. Only read the first and last few pages due to depression rapidly setting in! Started running fairly seriously about 18 months ago (I'm just 42) after a longish layoff (20 years). In the meanwhile my weight has gone from 70k to 95kg. So I'm a slow, injury prone, over-pronator.
Matt, sounds familiar! I re-started running at age 42 after 22 years. Like you, I had moved up in weight over those decades (from 73 Kg to 92 Kg). I improved quickly enough and lost weight but I made a few mistakes along the way and it was tough going t times. The simplest strategy is to lose the weight while gradually building up slow mileage . Once you have a decent weekly mileage and a decent weight, you can concentrate on getting faster with much less injury concerns. I'm 45 now by the way ...78 Kg and managed a sub-40 10K before Xmas.
I do about 25km a week at the moment and am following the Long run, Easy run, Tempo or Hills training routine. I think I have the shoes nailed now (Brook Adreneline, Mizuno Wave Inspire and UK Gear PT1000 for trails) and currently don't have too many injury worries.
I love races and am not in a massive huury to get to a sub 45 min 10k (sometime in the next 3 years would be ok) it's just that I'm seeing no improvement at all at the moment. Did the Lakeland Trails Mini Marathon (16k) which was very tough and found even walking up the (admittedly v steep) hills my HR was in the high 170s when my max is about 185.
Maybe I'll enjoy the rest of the planned races and knuckle down during the winter.
Sam , training takes time, and platues occour every now and then, it will all come together if you stick at it.
Mara trg well under way for me and some good hard sessions and easier ones as weel are being done, starting to feel a bit tired, but also starting to feel stronger....
Thought I would bounce this to the top,
Trg going well at present in the 50-60 mpw with speed and distance as well.
Pewsey Half next week and will be going for PB
Hi RJF.... hope the weathers kind to you..... At the moment its either heavy downpours, gale force wind or baking hot conditions, they dont seem to be any in-between.....
Got to be happy at where my training is at the moment, when I get a good couple of weeks in the improvement in times is very surprising, but then I'll lose a couple of days due to niggles, which is normal..... But, I've just lost the last two weeks due to a bout of shingles, which apparantly hits 50+ year olds who over train... FANTASTIC..... (think I better point out that you had to have chickhen pox as a child to be able to get shingles.... )
Good luck next week, What time you going for?
Bluenose - Sub 1:26 all being well....
Doest boed well for me then, had chickpox, training well and in heavy milage and nicely stressed with work too..... but I do have 7 years to get to 50+ so thats one plus.
Hope you are recovering well
Its not too bad and is my PB course as well....
Tidworth - gives you away...... I was in for 24 years.... closest I got to Tidworth was Ludgershall / Andover (which is where I now reside)....
In for 22.... RAOC which then changed to RLC...... Which you probaly know being in Ludgershall... Finished in Hullavington.... But residing in Frome.....
Good Luck Sunday... Hope you get the weather....
Bluenose.... RCT then RLC.....
ended up with 1:26:25 on Sunday at Pewsey half.... 17 secs away from a PB... but there was no taper and legs were tired, so there is more and better to come...
All the best Johnny in your 10m prep
My legs are constantly tired at the moment, even thou I'm over the worst of the shingles, parts of the virus can linger in the system for weeks......
There's a few easier HM's coming up in the area over the next few months, would you aim for one of them, or are you off to the GNR......
Anyway its still a cracking time.....
Hello peeps. I'm 45. Started running two months before my 42nd B'day with no real plans or goals in mind. Only joined a club in May '10 & discovered I wasn't as crap as I thought I would be.
Have done several 10ks, halfs, three 10 milers, and a couple of 20 milers & haven't looked back. The biggest thing that appears to have pushed me on recently is Mara training. I've managed to increase weekly mileage to 70 & this has brought my recent 10k pb time down from 39.43 set last Aug to 36.48 this July.
Doing my first mara in Wolverhampton this Sunday and aiming for sub 3hrs. You can't turn the clock back, but I do sometimes wonder if I had shown this discipline & motivation in my 20's where I'd be now in terms of running performance.
And the most encouraging thing is I'm sure there's still room for improvement! I love doing the training & that really is key to everything. I love being a vet runner, especially at races when a youngster takes a double-look as you burn past them!
Hi L..... Some impressive PB's, but thats the good thing about running... YOUR NEVER TOO OLD.... Plus, if your prepared to twick your training, you can get the rewards, like yourself knocking 3mins off your 10km time.....
Good luck on Sunday
Name and nature together ther Luvs a PB.... as blue nose says never too old...., never too slow or never too fast.... some good running to come from you by the looks of it...
Bluenose, am doing Abingdon Marathon... next fast half for me will be Gosport in November...
I am a V45 does anyone have any views on how often we at our age should race I find that if I race twice in say 4 days that my 2nd performance seems to dip I am thinking of being even more selective and racing with a bigger gap what's your thoughts?
As a kid I could race 2/3 times a week at certain times in the year with very little drop off!!
I did stop running from 20-42 which again is a similar story to quite a few!
I tend to race twice a week some weeks, but one of those is as park Run so use that as a fast session, which I will adjust as well to be slower if needed...
However I still do doubles of XC on the Sat then a race on the Sunday, and usualy find I am strong on the 2nd race still...
I am 43.
Thanks RFJ/LuvsaPB for comments
I think I am over analysising performance/expectations to put into context in April I ran wed/sun 5 mile then 10k ran 27.20 (26.40ish unofficial course over distance and susequently confrimed by organisers)and 34.06. Then again last week ran wed/sun 5k then 10k ran 15.59 and 34.20
On both occasions felt sluggish in 10k but having talked to collegues etc realise that at 46 should be pleased and stop beating myself up
I plan to target a 10k later in year and just race once that week that then should answer the point as I believe I can run low 33's for a 10k as my 5 mile and 5k times suggest!!
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