not wiser wrote:
Point is: I still love to get out there. Turning older has not changed that one bit. Having a child hasn't changed that, although the lack of sleep is not helping recovery.
Likewise, I just like to run, +/- an hour a day, a bit longer on weekends.
Sort of an anomaly here, I've been running/racing for a long time (about 35 of the past 38 years)and still at it. Started a bit later (didn't run my first mile or 800/880 until age 19) and peaked later than some (25-33), so that might have something to do with it.
As far as losing the fire/moving onto other things, I actually tried that at 35 and again at 42 and the results were disastrous. Both times I cut back on miles to 15-30 miles per week and ended up getting injured within six months. Both respites ended up with long-term injuries that took years to overcome, including a full year or more of practically no running at all. I got over the last one at age 46 and decided no more, not going down without a big fight.
Anymore I basically have one gear other than easy pace, and that's in the threshold range. Fast stuff feels terrible and I can't seem to hold a good marathon pace for the full distance anymore. But have run mid 36 for 10K and 1:19 for half marathon this year. At those distances I haven't lost much in 10 years, even though I actually 'felt' better at say 48 to 51 than I do now. By maintaining, my age grade scores keep going up up up, and that's motivating. Looking for my first 90 percent.