Orville Atkins wrote:
An interesting thread. It has been many years since I ran or even jogged two days in a row. As I aged (now 78) my goals and interests evolved until I still enjoy running/jogging/walking but the purposes have changed completely. One theory I have never given up is that one needs 40 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular, i.e. run/jog or walking, EVERY day. Anything else is not as effective. There have been several studies that indicated that walking daily is the best exercise for the heart. So as you age and approach 70 it is likely that competing is on the back burner and cardiovascular fitness is more important. And I suggest that you stay away from the marathon after age 50.
Ha, my last marathon was Boston, 1982 age 34. My slowest, heat and being not quite prepared were a factor. Always then meant to give it another shot. Injuries, life circumstances, etc. took away the motivation.
Now get out for 15 - 30 min. 5x - 6x a week. Last 7 years have been delivering the early AM newspaper, a while ago had 260 copies, now backed down to 180. Do this by bike, some brisk walking & trotting around a couple of condos. I Do believe this has maintained good conditioning, I am burning calories. Not sure how much longer I want to continue with this, finances and the need to be doing something are an issue. Was obliged to accept early retirement from a 28 yr. career.
Yup PR's have long since been a thing of the past, I'd be a world class masters if I could match them now.
Am blown away by people like Ed Whitlock, a fantastic human running machine. Easily smokes out those 1/2 his age.