Marathon PB

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01/08/2006 at 19:53
Just over a year until I hit 40 and I am begining to wonder if I can PB again in the marathon. (I am pretty sure I can!)

So I thought I would conduct a staw poll on how old marathon runners were when they got their current PB and after how many marathons did this take.

So for me it was at age 31, 2nd marathon out of 4 completed in total. PB 3:13.

To save typing, could shorten response to:

Tick Tock 31/2/4/3:13

01/08/2006 at 21:40
46yrs on my 3rd mara at Nottn in 3h53m7s.

I did 4h0m57s last year at 52, in between there have been a few slower ones, but I know a faster one is still there to be had.
06/08/2006 at 11:40
Big Dave - PB at 46 is enough to inspire me. Good luck with the next one.
07/08/2006 at 07:59
46, 8th marathon, 2.53
07/08/2006 at 13:57
3-36age54 started running at 40.go for it!
07/08/2006 at 21:52
Cheers T T, but some of these peep put me to shame eh?
08/08/2006 at 14:52
In 2006 age 50 I did 3:50:56 (3rd Mara), 27 minutes faster that 2005.

Guess what? I will go faster next year!
08/08/2006 at 17:39
First and so far only one aged 24 - 11 years ago. I ran 2.50 and didn't see myself ever doing much better again.
08/08/2006 at 17:42
Age 34 3:07:29 Abingdon 2005 but I have been faster in an Ultra this year
08/08/2006 at 18:28
Age 46, 2:54 (5th marathon) Started running at 40. Not finished yet! Sub 2:45 still very achievable.
08/08/2006 at 20:18
Too right Big Dave! I feel like a spring chicken. Some really impressive PBs by some of the 'old folk'. Well impressed.

Maybe I still have years of getting better (even though after 15 years of running parts of my body do seem to be groaning)
08/08/2006 at 20:59
I just hope to outlive enough folk, so I can be good for my age.
I reckon about another 35years should do it.
08/08/2006 at 21:13
For my money, people are capable of achieving a hell of a lot more than they think they are. But too many runners -- on this board especially -- have no interest in ever leaving their comfort zones; they think finishing a marathon is an achievment in itself (tip: it's not -- absolutely anyone can do it); and they waste time asking dumb questions like "can I run a marathon on three training sessions a week?" which only tell you these people have no chance of ever fulfilling their potential. None of the PBs here from the old folk (myself included) surprise me. We're not talented...we're just committed and dedicated. Or as Lance Armstrong put it, go hard or go home.
08/08/2006 at 21:29

It is down to why do you r*n.
I have a long term goal, which is to be fit enough when I am 90 to do long walks if I care to. If I can still r*n and want to then so much the better.

This lark is a means to an end, and just one of the things that I do.
It is not an end in itself.
09/08/2006 at 12:24
paskha 56 (next week) / 29 / 31 / 4:28

I've still got several PBs to do, as my PB for a Half is 1:55, I need to do enough training to run well all the way in a marathon!!! and I prefer hilly scenic marathons ....
09/08/2006 at 12:36
Oh by the way ....

started running at 46yrs 9mths (when my youngest child was 5yrs and in school!!)

one of my long-term aims (partly cos of the cost, but I can say I'm on my way) is an IRONMAN ....
09/08/2006 at 13:17
Have only done 1 mara, which was Paris in April 3.21.52 age 41 (then) 42 now
13/08/2006 at 20:46
I agree with Big Dave that we all run for different reasons....though I never met a runner that either can not recount PBs (sometimes in incrediably boring detail)for all distances or secretly wants to better on past performances.

The sound of being fit enough to do long walks in my 90s in appealing though.
13/08/2006 at 20:57
Cheers TT

So what are your reasons?
13/08/2006 at 21:19
My main reasons were initally just to get fit, 15 years later though my near obsessiveness with running is about pushing myself to see how well I can do. I guess as I get older I feel the patience required to train for a marathon suits me better than beasting myself on the track trying to improve 10k timesby 2 seconds. Hence the initial question about age related PBs.

I am not worried about where I finish in the field but am concered if I have done myself justice (based on myself defined expecations). At the end of the day, we all run for our own reasons and we run for ourselves. As long as we happy, then all is good I guess?
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