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10/7/11 10:49 A

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HOUNDLOVER1 that means I have a little over 3 years before I hit the oldest group! WooHoo

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10/7/11 9:39 A

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I don't consider myself a runner...yet....But I am so impressed by people I see running 5k's in thier 70's.....I never saw a runner and thought they were old....sure I could see that they were in thier 50's, 60's etc....but they never look or seem old.....and thats not just because they had better times then me....I'm sure it keeps you young.

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10/5/11 4:27 P

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Woo Hoo Houndlover according to you I am middle aged not old. Nice for a change. I started running in my 40s and now I am 50. I will say that the older you are the more people respect you for running, even if you are a slow poke like me. This very day a pile of teenagers parted to let me run through them on the sidewalk. As I passed one of them said."I hope I can still run when I am old". I smiled. they were young teenagers around 13 to 15. I don't know for sure they all look so young.

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10/5/11 6:45 A

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I am 61 and definitely not a master.

"It's not how old you are, it's how you are old."

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10/4/11 5:40 P

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Mike,

I have always been a master runner...started running at the age of 44 1/2, which was 5 1/2 years ago...

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10/4/11 11:43 A

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Just to keep it simple I consider up to 30 young age, 30-60 middle age and 60-90 and beyond old age. How is that for offending a LOT of people. emoticon
I think the term Master is ridiculous but given how long it's been in use probably not worth changing. I'm reading Phil Maffetone's book on endurance training and it suggests that with proper aerobic conditioning many runners are in their prime in their 50's and older.
Maybe wisdom makes up for lower V02max. emoticon
I definitely hope to be a much better runner in 2 years when I turn 50.
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10/4/11 11:34 A

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I think it's funny that it's over 40 because that is definitely not old! Some of those older runners (not me) can outrun those younger ones. I guess it's intended to level the playing field as far as expected time for certain age group goes but I don't necessarily think it's fair to put 40 year olds and 70 or 80 year olds in the same group based on that idea.

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Ha! I never consider myself old. I am 53 and my husband (an active duty "old guy" Marine) often uses me as an example to put to shame his younger Marines. I run faster and farther than most of them.

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Yep it gives us "old" people to win awards - Master overall.

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Yup, exactly what LBTHOMASJR wrote.

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Does anyone else have races that use the Grandmaster category 50+

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10/4/11 9:58 A

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It seems to be a polite way of saying "old" emoticon Has nothing to do with skill level.

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Does it mean over 40, or that you've mastered this running thing?

I'm over 40, but haven't "mastered" anything.......

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