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RE: How do you feel at 35, 45, 55, 65???? Getting slower inevitable????
I'm 54. Ran in HS and 2yrs of D I College before I got hurt, started lifting weights to stay fit, and changed my body in a way that made it hard to compete at that level. Recently I ran 3.5mi in 20:00 or 5:44 per mile. I'm 6'4 and 208lbs so not really built like a runner and only trained for 5mos (my usual is indoor rowing). Bottom line is that I feel like I felt when I was running 5mi XC at 4:45/mi pace even though I'm running much slower. It's only when you run up to someone who looks awkward/slow and realize that you're running at the same pace that you know you're running slowly. Bottom line is don't worry about ageing. I feel about the same as I did when I was 30 and haven't gained/lost a pound in 30yrs. Takes longer to recover so you have to take days off/cross train and get a lot of sleep to avoid injury. But life great. Don't waste it worrying about getting older--the alternative is worse.

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