Recently I posted on Tips for Beginner Runners.
At the time, I got to thinking that many of these tips were still true for us “older” runners. By “older”, I mean OVER 50 years old. (But “older” does NOT mean OLD lol).
I also realized that there may also be some other tips that only apply to those runners who are over 50.
So here you go:
1.Age Groups Rock.
I mean you should not be comparing your pace to someone younger than you.
I used to play competitive tennis and I hated that it seemed to only matter if you won or not and what your score was.
You may not win any awards because the numbers of those running in their later years have been increasing (and quite frankly many are faster than I ever was.)
But still, it’s good that you can see how you compare to someone your own age.
2. If you keep running, you will most likely get Slower.
I say “most likely” because I’m sure that there are runners who still improve as they age.
But as a rule, after 10 years of running, your finish times will be slower.
So if this bothers you, stop racing. LOL
I admit, it’s not easy to accept that my 5k and half marathon times have reverted to where they were when I first ran those distances.
3. Body Parts Will Hurt.
It’s part of the aging process. But it’s different for each runner.
For me, it’s my lower back. For others, it may be your feet or your hips.
Again, I say, if this bothers you, stop running.
4. Misery Loves Company.
In other words, don’t go at it alone. Run with others. Find your tribe!
5. Cross Training is even MORE Important as you get Older.
In addition to running, find another activity for those rest days – yoga, walking, weight lifting, spinning, etc.
I do a lot of walking and hiking but in those winter months, my stationary bike was my new best friend.
Happy Running! Are you an “older” runner? If so, any tips to add? Please share.
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