Just run it and see how you do, that will be realistic.
Nice pbs Johnny Bike.
Just wondering, if you had no long outages but only ran 75miles in the whole of 2010..what happened?! If you only miss a couple of weeks every so often, were you only running 1 or 2miles a week? Or did you miss a digit off that 75miles?
You could use a WAVA calculator to age adjust your last set of races, I make it only allowing you a minute slower for 10k (WAVA 76.41%). Although personally I am getting more and more sceptical about these adjustments.
I'd be interested to know how long you were completely out from running between 1989 and 2007-ish? Was that no running at all, some other aerobic sport or no exercise at all?
For what it's worth, in the local races I've done this year, I've observed a 59yr old guy do a (slow-ish course - on a track he'd be a lot quicker) road 10K in 36 minutes, and regularly see a chap in the 60-64 age bracket go around a local Park Run course in 19-minutes (it's usually 60-90 seconds off most runners' road PBs as it can get boggy).
Maybe I just live in an area where there are some fast Vets about?
Anyway, nice PBs Johnny. If I were in your shoes I'd focus on enjoying my running and view decent times as a bonus. Few people will complete a marathon in 2:47 - well done.
Parkruns are great - get down to your local and volunteer if you are a bit worried about running it
Good luck finding your mojo again - the decline in times as you age is much slower than generally thought - and you are luckier than most because you will have muscle memory in your legs - I bet you'll be surprised how quickly it comes back! Also I know you are too young but check out the over 60's training thread for some future inspiration.
Curly45 wrote (see)
... muscle memory in your legs...
Johnny do pop over to the over sixties its a great thread full of good advice and inspiraration
I go there and i am only 42
Joe no need to order - you have it already
I came back to running in July 2010 after a 20 yr layoff but I had been riding my mountain bike regularly for about 9 years. Anyway, I have logged about 270 miles to end December so I have n't run huge distances but I have run a number of parkruns with a PB of 21:29 so far at Basingstoke.
A HM time of 1:40:59 in Sept and a 10k time of 44:05 to round off the year in December. So I reckon if you can put some rubber to the road and stay fit your times should tumble in 2011.
You'll certainly out-pace me as I am now 61 and don't have time on my side. In fact my goals for 2011 are to beat 80% WAVA score at 5k; 10k and HM.
Enjoy whatever you decide to do with your trainers on!
Hi Johnny...... We have similar pasts.... My hey day was between 91-95, then picked up injury and lost interest and didn't run again untill my 50th birthday seven months ago..... Of which due to injuries I've managed about three months training broken down to a week here and there.......
The problem's I am finding at the moment is first memory of what I used to do, and I end up sometimes pushing myself to hard for the body (hence injuries)........ And second is weight (why I started running again), back in the ninties my running weight was 11-9 stone, seven months ago it was 15-8 and today its 15-8, can't shift a ounce.......
Was hoping to have done about a dozen races so far this year, but only managed two, 5k in 21.30 and 10k in 45.22.... Aims at mo are sub 20 for 5k and sub 40 for 10k, but its going to take some work, plus I need to shift 1-5 stone......
Good luck with your running......
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