Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I have discovered much of the information available to us runners does not apply to older runners. The schedules, race time predictors are skewed for younger runners. Perhaps the small number of runners over the age of 60 makes us such a small segment that optional information for us isn't preceived to be much in demand.
It takes me longer to recover than most programs would suggest. I believe the training programs are skewed for younger body recovery times. This has been my observation by trial and error.
Also, I don't believe my observations are specific to me, that maybe I have a slower recovery time than other oldsters, or such. In fact, my recovery times are most likely better than average, due to my good diet, protein supplement addition and years of weight training and recovery experience, spanning well over 30 years.
I'm not complaining, just stating my own findings, with perhaps a word of caution to those over the age of 60 to listen to your body, and don't take the training programs advice (especially the longer runs) as a certain, injury proof way to train.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Finished the Wekiwa Springs Real Florida 10K race this morning.
A few things suggested that I not pursue a PR on this race. Too soon after my first half marathon, and another - my back was a bit sore AGAIN this morning. I took it easy training last week, but still have not fully recovered.
This course was a trail run, and it looked intimidating. Lots of fallen branches, pine cones, exposed tree roots and tracks where ATVS and utility vehicles had left loose sandy ruts. Some narrow single lane paths where vegetation brushed at both side of the runners. Started out with some nice downhill slopes, but you know what comes after downhill slopes, lots of hills.
So, I started off thinking I would give it my best shot, and take whatever time I could squeeze out of it.
In the back of my mind that little voice was whispering "Screw that, trust your training. Forget about all the reasons not to excel and just go for a PR anyway. Tell the DW you are going to take it easy, 'cuz your back is sore, but run like hell!"
It was pretty grueling. At about 4.5 miles my heart rate was peaking at 180 and I just had to stop and walk - for a bit, then off again. Watching my heart rate and pace closely, walking for short time a couple more times. Keeping my eye on the HR and pace, I saw I had a chance at just getting under the 1 hour time. My PR was 1:00:21 so this was going to require a difficult push at the end for this geezer.
I had a great finish -- there was a group of 4 in front of me, down the finish line corridor. Somehow I found some energy and started kicking! I flew past the 4 of them, the announcer said something about "we have a strong runner coming up, looking for a good finish" or something like that. That just made me run faster.
I finished with a time of 59:46. Real happy with that time, just 35 seconds under my PR but enough to get the coveted "under an hour" time I wanted.
I met some nice people. Most of whom had much more experience than I, and was told that these types of races are not the kind of races to go for a PR. Well, yeah, I thought that too.
Got another 1st place in age group as well. But, once again, I was the ONLY one in my age group.
Next race I am going to take it nice and easy and enjoy the run and the scenery. Not going to be so competitive. Yup, that's exactly what I plan to do.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
We did a 20 minute walk/run yesterday. The very first step in the Couch to 5K (C25K) program. DW is actually in very good shape, but lacks confidence due to having an MI a few years ago. Cardiologist says she will do fine, as long as she keeps it under the "able to talk while running" threshold.
For me, my back is slight sore this morning. Could be the weather - we had lots of rain last night. But, I am not doing a training run this morning, just to be safe. I have a 10K this Saturday and I need to be feeling good for that.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Not really enjoying the post HM rest period. But, I am using this time to do a bit more strenuous weight lifting. When preparing for a race, I don't hit the weights very hard, so this is a good time to work out the upper body a little more vigorously.
Been riding my mountain bike more too. I did run a bit yesterday, and felt okay afterward. Did 2 miles run/walk. Sounds like such a small run, but I understand I have to get back slowly in order to avoid injuries. Today was an off day, so I'll do another run/walk tomorrow, perhaps up it to 3 miles.
I am fortunate to be retired. It gives me plenty of time for exercise. And I really enjoy exercising now. I can rest when and if I feel like it, and don't have to come home from work exhausted and then work out. I remember years ago not liking it so much, but doing it anyway. That's not a problem now.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
It rained all night, so it was difficult sleeping. Woke up at
6AM had oatmeal w/raisins and water for breakfast. Unhooked
the camper and headed to the race at 6:30, arrived plenty
early to get my packet and instructions.
Weather was cool, very overcast and rain threatened. Never came
though. Checked out the track as I warmed up. This was an off
road race, in a wetlands park, filled with marshes and lakes.
Very scenic, though the soft earth from the rain wasn't so great
to run on.
Got off to a good start, faster than I anticipated, but the small
field was pretty quick off the line, and I just went along with the
pace for a while. I was actually right at my 10K time when I went
by the 6 mile marker. Way too fast for a long run start, but it was a
done deal, and I knew I would pay for it later.
By mile 8 I was hurting, a combination of too fast a start, and the
soft sand/dirt. My quads were burning, and likewise my feet and calves.
Just kept plugging along, and the pain diminished somewhat.
Felt surprisingly good by the dreaded (for me) 10 mile mark. Not great, still pretty hurting, just surprised that I had some steam left in me. I had to do some
walking at the water stations from here on out, but still kept plugging along.
Miles 11 and 12 strangely went quickly. They seemed so far off when I was
running them. Being a wide open park and marsh, I could see the markers
way off in the distance. And it seemed I'd never reach them. But, then
they were just gone, and mile 13 was in sight. Mind plays tricks with you
when you're hurting and exhausted, I suppose.
Got a terrific boost of energy as I passed the mile 13 marker sped up and
roared across the Finish Line in a 9mm pace. Hey, that's roaring if you're a
geezer, and have been looking at 10 and 11s, okay even some 12s, on your
My finish time was 02:21:28 and I beat my goal of 2 hours and 30 minutes. I even won best in my Age Group. Mainly, because I was the ONLY one in my Age Group, but I
still gladly accepted the plaque they awarded me.
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