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Subject: RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum
I'm 51yo male from the goldfields and wine country of central Victoria, Australia.
Started running since learning to walk and have kept on going. No organised racing in our (public) schools so I didn't start racing until I was 19, in local "fun runs".
Joined a club soon after and worked my butt off despite lack of talent.I used to chase the local stars like Deek, Wardlaw, Kenny Hall etc around Ferny Creek every sunday. How many other sports present a chance to practise with a World champ?
Times were never quick, around the 16 for 5, 33 for 10, 2.40 for marathon. I could "fight above my weight" in mountain races and had a bit more success in those.
I'm lucky as I live on the edge of a National Park so most of my running is in forests full of wonderful indigenous creatures and fascinating geology. Pretty easy to get out the door and run, or ride, or go out and kyak.
Over the cooler months, April -September I usually race local races on saturday and sunday, most of these are in forests and off road. I don't train so hard any more, just getting out and enjoying the running. My race pace tends to be mostly in the 3.50-4.00 per km range now.
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