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|Author: ||Free at last|
|Subject: ||RE: 50 and Slowing - Masters / Seniors Input Please|
I guess I'm a lifer since I've been running for 51 years. Inspiration is the key. My main inspiration is Ed Whitlock; here is a link about him:
Its so easy to fall into a trap and think that you are "too old" for running. Yes, there is a drop off in performance as you get older and the older you get the greater the relative drop off becomes. Personally, I run a lot more base building stuff: long, slow runs at about 65-70% max HR and I listen to upbeat music on my iPod along the way. I dont sweat speed workouts or hills so I avoid injury and burnout which is really easy as you get older. Although derided by letsrunners on there, I mostly adhere to the principles set forth by Galloway, Maffetone and Van Aaken. That wont win me any Olympic medals at my age but will allow me to continue to compete at a high level within my age group. Most training advice is geared towards the younger runner. I ignore that as being irrelevant to my situation. You have to "play the cards thats dealt you" and admit to yourself your limitations.
Thanks for the input - could you describe a typical week's training, current times, race frequency etc. if thats OK? (You too Joe Garland if you don't mind) - I think its fascinating seeing how 'lifers' my age are dealing with the slow down and ensuring they'll be in it for the long haul.
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