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What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 8:18AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I am getting back in shape and see my times on measured courses coming down. I havent raced since my early 40s due to injuries and basically swore off racing since my times sucked so bad on training runs. Now I'm starting to wonder. Once you turn 50 in the eye of the general public if you can do anything its' considered amazing, like even run for an hour straight they think you are some stud. But in the eye of real runners not so. Question becomes whether its worth it even try and race. What times are respectable for someone 50

I wld say sub 40 10K and sub 19 5K to start and it looks like you wld win your AG at most any local event

sub 3;20 mara
sub 1;30 half

what does the board say
KP
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 8:44AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
go to MastersTrack.com and see some amazing answers.
The Board says...
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 8:55AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
You type like you're 15 years old.
Top Cat
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 9:02AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Yes the times you stated would garner respect in most places. there are guys on here that run quite abit faster but they are some of the best in the nation.
gonzo
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 9:20AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
At age 54, anyone in the division who finishes ahead of me.
KC Lord
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 9:40AM - in reply to Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I worked at a Fleet Feet this summer and my boss had just turned 50. I think he pretty much stopped running after college and got back into it around 45. He ran 60 min for a 10 miler in the 93 degree heat this summer and beat me in the process. He also ran a 1:17 half this fall.
Carnivore 69
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 9:42AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
2:40/6:00/20:00/42:00/1:35/3:25 gets respect for 50
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RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 4:05PM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

wrote:
I wld say sub 40 10K and sub 19 5K to start and it looks like you wld win your AG at most any local event

sub 3;20 mara
sub 1;30 half

what does the board say

There is a local guy here in his mid 50's that runs a sub 16 5k.

I'm nearing 50 and coming back after injury and hope to run a sub 1:30 half at 50 if I can stay injury free. I wouldn't expect to win any age group prizes, but I'd be happy enough.
Richard21142
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 7:21PM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

wrote:I wld say sub 40 10K and sub 19 5K to start and it looks like you wld win your AG at most any local event

sub 3;20 mara
sub 1;30 half




Those are times that are AG competitive in small, local races.
dpmrunner
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 9:31PM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I know a guy who did a 2:55 marathon in his early 50s and was 3rd in his age group--first place was 2:30something. Another guy in my area is in the 17s or so for 5k and is 53 or 54. But there are lots of races (small ones, granted) where a guy in his fifties can place in his age group with times in the low 20s for 5k.

But why not just give racing a shot? If you're worried you won't stack up well against competitors, go to a small race in a town where you don't know anyone--or go to a chip timed race but don't wear your chip. That way you can try it out w/out losing face. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
muddy girl
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/11/2009 9:41PM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I think those are decent times to start, for a guy, but there are 49 and 50 year old women who run those times, too - and who don't win their AG (in competitive races, not local ones).

Do it anyway, no matter where your times are. It IS worth it to try and race - you will get something out of it and you'll have fun. Try not to compare your times with those from the past (because it can get depressing). If you need motivation, try age-grading your times.

Good luck.
douglas burke
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 3:57AM - in reply to Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
at least 2 men ran under 2:20 for the marathon, a south african who was real good in his 20's when south africa could not compete internationally and an israeli man who ran a 2:14 marathon at age 49 and a 2:16 at age 53, although he says he is 7 years younger than that, he also ran a 14:07 for a track 5k at age 53 according to tilastopaja, iaaf and several other sources, even if he is 7 years younger a 2:16 marathon and a 14:07 for 5k at age 46 is impessive. also in the 2008 great ethiopia run girma berhanu age 48 ran a 29:40 for 10k for 11th place, great britains top runner mo farrah was 15 place a few seconds behind and 8:05 steepler mustafa muhammad of sweden finished 53rd, berhanu ran a personal best of 13:32 for a track 5k at altitude in 1979 at age 18, and his best track 10k is 27:57 run in 1984.
Snatch
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 4:00AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Committed with limited Talent
1:30 ish half
3:20ish Marathon.
The shorter ones are a little tougher and require talent and commitment.
Pey
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 4:29AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I just turned 50 2 weeks ago and this year I'm probably going to run times like mile = 5:13 (already did). 5k low - 18,s (18:16 pr a few months ago). Marathon = sub-3? hopefully (ran 3:03 last Oct) probably a 1:24 half. Etc. There's a lot faster 50 yo times out there but those aren't too bad imo.
Brett in Tokyo
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 4:33AM - in reply to Snatch Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Looking through the race magazine for a half I ran today I saw that there was a guy who ran 1:11:50 when he was 48, 1:11:21 when he was 49, won overall in 1:13:49 at age 50, 1:14:48 at age 51, then went down to 10k where he ran 35:18 at 52. I respect that, especially winning overall when he was 50.

Isn't that Israeli Kenyan in his 50's?
Snatch
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 4:34AM - in reply to Brett in Tokyo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Snatch
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 4:57AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
His times from Pan pac masters games.
1500m 4:37:90.
5000m 16:58:80
10000m 34:54:26.
8k x country 28:36.
He has just turned 55.
anonforreason
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 6:02AM - in reply to Snatch Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
why in the hell is everyone naming the best times they know of? he asked what is respectable at 50... it would be like responding to what is respectable at any age, 'well i heard of this guys who ran 12:40 in the 5k'

some of these times are clearly well beyond respectable
edvvards
RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 6:11AM - in reply to <my answer here> Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
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RE: What times do you respect from someone 50 years old? 1/12/2009 8:01AM - in reply to The Board says... Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

The Board says... wrote:

You type like you're 15 years old.


What's the old saying?

"You're as young as you type."
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