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|Subject: ||RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum|
Certainly when something breaks, yeah. But what about when something hurts? I think we're all used to running with a little discomfort here and there. What's tough is knowing when whatever ache you're feeling is something that you can run through (maybe stop and stretch or a post-run roller or ART), or whether it is something that warrants immediate cessation. It's not always easy to tell until you're too far gone. I had heard a rule of thumb where if it hurts when you start, but gets better as you run, it's OK, whereas if it doesn't subside, then you need to stop immediately and have it looked at. Not sure if that is always the case, but it seems at first glance to be reasonable advice.
no longer stressed wrote:
sounds like the lesson of the week is to stop running when something in a lower extremity breaks. this shouldn't be too hard to remember, eh?
Thanks Spikez for reminding us that speed comes from strength, and if you don't have the strength (which, I guess is base training for speed), don't do the speed.
Toivo1954, how our athletic ability declines with age really is a big question that has so many variables that it seems there is no simple answer. Some general trends are that our heart rates slow down, we lose lean muscle mass, and we lose range of motion and joint flexibility as we age, all of which affects our speed. What dictates the rate that those things occur is still a matter of research. Why some individuals trend slower than others we can either take as just luck of the draw, or we can gather enough experience to see if there are some underlying trends. There are a few on here that, like yourself, have been life-long runners (not me). I've seen some have been successful (however you want to define that) with lots of easy miles with short doses of high intensity; I've seen others that do low volume but high quality mileage. Is there a common denominator? I don't know.
AK-53, sounds like you got a good thing going. It can be really rewarding working with teens and young adults as they aspire to reach their goals. It's certainly what I love about teaching.
Once again, lots of good stuff. Orville, you always come across as young and vivacious, even when you are giving us a history lesson.
Keep 'em comin'!
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