I'm a dedicated and regular runner - usually train around 50+ km/week in 5 runs. I am 48 and have been running for around 10 years. I often am on the podium for age-group prizes in races from 10K to HMs. Also am a mother of 2 teenagers, and work part time. I usually squeeze in my runs in the early mornings so as not to affect the family and general commitments.
Today my husband (who is a recreational runner, runs 1-2x/week) said that running has aged my face and body. It is too sinewy and my face has gotten too thin. Have you heard of "gym-face" - well I think he is referring to this this - he thinks my cheeks are sunken, I've got some sun-spots and he says my hair is going grey. Suppose I am skinny - especially my upper body, not much boobs definitely! But good strong legs , calves and butt.
I LOVE running - it gives me such a thrill to be on the podium and the early morning runs have become a hard core habit. Husband wants me to slow down, do other exercises such as yoga (yawn), hiking and swimming, and not race (he says same-old-same-old). I am in a dilemma. I love my husband and I love running. But I will probably have to listen to him...and "retire"....after this race season which ends around March here in Hong Kong --- BOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!
Up at 5:20am, down to the local racing (horse) track by 5:50am. There is an ambulance outer-ring of 1.4K which is good for speed work. Warm up one lap. Completed 6 x 2K @ 4:33/K. Ran a few short hill reps (20s each), then ran some stairs (around 40 steps). Cool down 2K. Stretch. Completed by 7:50am. Breakfast of big bowl of porridge. Wonderful shower. Work.
Weather: 22 degrees, drizzle. But happy completed this tough workout!
RicF - not quite sure what you mean by "just a competitor who used running as 'the means." Running to me is for health, enjoyment, self-esteem, challenges. When training for races not all training is equally enjoyable but there are definitely runs which are great, and others which are crappy.
Aging is inevitable - yes. But continuing to run is definitely good, I think! My problem is how to accept that I can no longer run to the standard I was - and yes, accepting that. I will just have to take baby-steps to do this....to be happy where I am now...
Anaemia - will check on this
AT - improving but taking a long time...could be the key....
I have run for around 9 years, but only around 3 years competitively. Over the last 2-3 years I have consistently been on the podium at local races (Hong Kong)from 10K - HM , for my age group. Never the champion, but within the top 5 finishers.
This year I have been plagued by the dreaded Achilles Tendonitis, and this has affected my training a lot. Ran 2 races so far this season, a 10K in which I was the 3rd female to cross the line - yipppeee (albeit slightly slower than last year), and then a HM which was torture to finish (10 mins over last years' time).
I have several upcoming races and need to adapt my mindset to finish well, but not on the podium and to lower my expectations. Apart from AT, age is not on my side as I am turning 48 soon. And the demons saying "this is hard," "stop," "what are you doing," "slow down!" are shouting loudly.
Though I train consistently and similar mileage over the last few years, there has been a marked decline in my performance and my 'feel' during races.
Anyone experiencing similar declines? How should I address this? Should I just lower my targets? Or hit the demons on their heads and refocus? Will my body still work? I want the challenges and the trophies, but they races just seem so hard now, and the demons in my head are winning....argh!!!
It would be great to share stories on this......next race on Sunday, a 10K which I have been on podium for 4x. Pressure on this year.....! Will I perform? Is it important?