I have always held that age should not really be an excuse for running slowly. Now that I am well into my 60s I still think my lack of current speed is due to injuries plus a total absence of speed work,rather than the fact that I am in my 7 th decade. However I am beginning to agree that age may be a factor….but not a major one.
In my Tokyo running club we have a 65 year old American guy who runs under 18 for 5 Km and just over 3 hours for the Marathon. True these are not super fast times but they are enough to hold your own in a general fun run.
There is also some guy in Japan who runs 2-32 for the Marathon at age 64. Again he will not be winning any Olympic medals but it’s still faster than most of us have run…well faster than I have run anyway.
My thinking is that the key to running well as you get older is to first,run and secondly run fast ( meaning track work or intervals ).
As for me after running 28 Km yesterday I took it easy today ( concession to age maybe…or maybe I am lazy). Tamami was running 21km so I ran out to meet her and ran the last 4 Km with her…giving me a total of 8km.
Stomach crunches 250. Push ups 90