Baltic Babe wrote:
[quote]runner who professes wrote:
It's not simply aging. It's age plus years spent running. Performance varies inversely with both of those.
Which is why many very good masters runners started later in their careers and some are still progressing. I know one 48 yr old lady who has been running seriously for almost 2 years. She's a new runner and in May put down a 1:22 half. For a 48 year old, that's pretty damn good. I know another 48 yr old lady who was a 2:30s marathoner in her 20s and 30s who can no longer break 1:30. She's been slowed mostly by off and on niggles. Same for a 46 yr old who retired last year-2:38 marathon PR maintained low mid 2:40s til age 44, started slowing down at 45 and retired. Her main niggle was the Achilles/bursitis.[/quote]
Very true, most of the time. You know that masters guy who wins your local races? There's a very high probability he wasn't running seriously in his 20s.