It all depends how fast you want to go and how much running you want to do. Forget the age, you will keep getting quicker for at least the next 5 years just by building a base mileage, take everything very steady to build strength and endurance.....the times will come as your power to weight ratio automatically improves.
As for what times you might achieve, who knows, have a go and see what happens. Do you want to run every day, twice a day or just every now and again? Your age is no barrier to running well under 20 minutes if that's what you want.
It was the first Sizzler for me for about 3 years and it certainly wasn't as big as tonight back then. 500 or so on a tight course is just about ok but it couldn't get any bigger.
The half stone difference in weight probably explains all of the time difference between last year's and this or, in other words, your underlying fitness is probably just as high?
The reason for wanting the numbers was to see how well recovered the legs were from last Sunday's Gloucester City Marathon. As it turned out very surprised to run a solid 17:52 and HO eased away to 17:40. Now to get some 50K fitness sorted out ready for Qatar.
Dr Dan - Not in bad shape at all as a starting point for a marathon campaign. Decent mileage and racing at a whole range of distances seem to be the main two ingredients required. I'm expecting a good'un at Abingdon
You're right about it being humid yesterday but the course was enjoyable enough, only a bit different to Abbey Dash but that difference was a big improvement. It felt pretty good considering that it was the 3rd race in 7 days since a 2:55 at Potteries Marathon last Sunday. But still got outgunned by HO who clocked 36:52 in her 4th event (and 3rd win) since a sub 3 at Potteries.
I don't know whether I mentioned that she got her first international call up, running for Team GB in the World 50K Championships in Qatar in November. She is currently ranked no.1 in the UK and no. 13 in the world but despite those stats is probably slowest of the team of four, one of the other members being Philpub's missus.
DT - Just keep racing and the results will take care of themselves. Good luck on Wednesday.