[quote]runner who professes wrote:
It's not simply aging. It's age plus years spent running. Performance varies inversely with both of those.
This is an excellent point and one I really believe as well. I've never been a high mileage runner (45-60 mpw) and always take one day per week (Mondays). Still, over 34 years of running, that's approximately 85,000 miles in my legs.
It's a COMBINATION of age and how many miles are in your legs.
I believe that if you took another soon-to-be 56 year old with solid training under their belt but fewer miles in their legs, they would be faster than I am. All those cumulative miles have an effect.[/quote]
Hmmm, the case of a lot of elite master runners with 'young legs'
The drawback of the well-known quote, the miles of trials, the trial of miles.
Wonder if those two fictional characters, Cassidy & his bud, Denton would be running much these days.