Hi Jay. I recently came back from living in California where age doesn't seem to hold any of the athletes there back. I saw runners in their 70s racing well still and one formidable woman is still running sub-3 marathons at 59. What I did see is lots of emphasis on strength training to counteract the natural loss of muscle with age as well as agility training to pep up speed and reactions. Have you tried running drills to see if they help? I think doing these 3-4 times a week (perhaps after a warm up but before a game?) could help you. Sorry I can't make a clever link but here is one I like: http://running.competitor.com/2014/05/training/essential-drills-for-speed-and-efficiency_58730
Running so far includes 13 yesterday @ 7:39m/m and 12 today (over the Downs) @ 9:50m/m. I'm going to run easy the rest of the week to try and have fresh legs for the Bath Half on Sunday but everywhere is a mud bath so it will be a challenge!
Quick question. My pal and I have a 24 mile LSR planned for the week after the Surrey Half (next week), On the same day another mate is trotting out the Thames Meander marathon. A flat route following the Thames tow path from Kingston. Out and back route.
It's suggested that we do the race as our LSR as it would be more enjoyable, it's only 2 more miles and we get a medal.
It will be 4 weeks away from Brighton, so seems ideal for the timing. We would defo run it at around 8.20 - 8.30 pace.
Does this ring any alarm bells with anyone?
My alarm bells ring on reading: "it's only two more miles" and "and we get a medal"! The course itself is very gentle which is why I went for it as my first marathon back after such a long time on the bench with my achilles injuries. The organisers are really nice too and, as runners, know how to put on a decent event. However, if it is muddy as PMJ says, the going will be a lot tougher and stress your body more than is ideal. I am running on the North Downs at the moment and it is not dissimilar to the conditions we ran at Parliament Hill for the XC last weekend! I'm not sure I will be rested for the weekend's half at the rate I am having to work so far but I can't seem to escape the mud!