/ V50 Age Grading
Late 30's you can still be very close to your peak. But also think people come back to serious sport in their 40's, often after young kids and have time to train properly again..
30-45 seems to be when many runners are around or close to their peak.
It is quite interesting how times of many experienced runners correlate. My times are almost identical to yours. Fortunately my legs are still going and I am not yet injured after thirty years of running. 10k and 10mile pb’s are the same but you are 1 min faster at ½ marathon and I am slightly faster at the full marathon.
In line with the stats IanRUK reports, I was best in my late thirties and early forties. Now it requires much more effort to run ever slower.
10k 32min, 10mile 54min, ½ marathon 72min and full marathon 2:36.
That super smooth running feeling is elusive for me as well, I can’t really hit the speed required where it kicks in these days. I am sure I just need to try harder!
Before I started running in my early twenties my knees were in really bad shape, I sometimes had to walk backwards down steep hills on long distance walks and events that I used to do.
In the end, I put my lack of long term injury down to my large amount of training done on the fells and relatively low amount of road training. The big hills gave me strong legs, which turn reduced the strain on my joints.
Apparently you can still build muscle in to your nineties, so still plenty of time left!
My training appears quite different from yours, even though our overall results are similar. My training was obsessively quantity based (quality in my view as I enjoyed it) and not quality (in terms of speed) like yours sounds. I still do over 40 miles a week.
Is there any real science behind when ageing runners "lose it" and what is it you loose, and is there anything you can do to minimise the process? I read "Born to Run" and it suggested you keep your endurance into your early 60s... I am 50 and have been running for 3 years now in the hills now. I felt stronger last year but have struggled a bit in the last 9 months with ectopic heart beats (had loads of tests - nothing allegedly to worry about) and mild chest infections.
Whilst it is obvious that no v50s get close to winning anything of note (happy to be put right on this), I guess most long term runners have lost motivation/ got inured/ got worn out by the time they are 50 so it is hard to work out what a motivated and fresh pair of legs could achieve - are there any inspirational older guys around?
I note that the youngest guy in the top 100 Western States finishing times was 48 - with only one v40 in the 20 fastest times (sob). In the UTMB last year there was only one sub 30 hr v50 finish - I hope to manage this feat myself but all of a sudden am worried about the ageing process!
Outside the top runners, in my experience V50s usually seem to outperform V40s. My results certainly got noticeably worse when I became an M45 - not because I was any slower, but because the people I was racing against were on average faster.
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