Thereís one 5K race I tend to avoid because Iíve never done well there. Itís hilly and the worst of them are on the 2nd half. Also mid May is a bad allergy time for me and my asthma.
However, weíre leaving for Europe on Wednesday and I wanted to get something in before cruising. On Saturday before leaving for the race, I logged into SP to post my daily blog and read this from Shirazsolly about middle aged women running faster than younger women.
OK, Iím not middle aged unless I hope to live beyond 130, but it was very encouraging anyway.
Iíve always known that I canít turn back time, but I keep running and racing hoping to slow it down a bit. Fortunately, Iíve been able to maintain my adequate middle of the road 5K speed (29 Ė 33 min) for 25 years now.
As time went on, it also resulted in my winning some age group hardware. While those times werenít great in my 40s, at age 65 (66 next month), I often get something. I like that. Itís validation for hanging in there.
This is the course that had always taken me 33 minutes to complete, in my 40s, 50s and lastly in 2009. Saturday was different. Although I did walk for 3 minutes, I finished in 31:31 Ė exactly 2 minutes faster than 4 years ago.
I got 2nd place in the 60+ age group and even won a door prize. Quite a successful morning!
Then I heard that the 1st place woman ran a 28 something.
Oh, she must have just turned 60, right? No, sheís 70! And we would both have been pushed down one place if the overall Masterís woman hadnít also been in our age group. Now, when does that ever happen? The official results arenít posted yet, but I really want to check out her time and her age.
Wow, these ladies of advanced age are fast! Perhaps they were once even faster? I donít know them since theyíre not local people, but itís certainly encouraging.
I always applaud excellence, but the competitive side of me hopes that the next time we meet, weíre in 5 year age groups and they have a category for 70+ too.