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Old 13th Oct 15, 06:15 PM
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It does deflate me a bit when people say "I don't see why not!" - LOL

That's my thinking. If one person can do it then why not me? I think I'm probably pretty well built for 5k running. I'm not an extreme sprinter and certainly not a long distance runner. 3k would probably be my ideal.

So much is in the mind. I firmly believe that your mind frees up the resources you need to get the job in hand done - and holds a good bit back as a safety measure. If you get your mind right you can do massively more than if your mind is in the wrong place. Real differences to the number of muscle fibers that will fire up and energy made available to you.

Of course there will be some limits. If you have totally the wrong build and body type for the target then you've got a huge battle. But if you're roughly in the right ball park then why not you?

Predictions of age related decline and the kind of age grading they do in parkrun is based upon statistics. Most people believe they'll decline with age so they do. Therefore statistics show age related decline is the norm re-enforcing the belief further.

What if you refuse to believe the stats? Where are the real limits? That's what fascinates me with all aspects of fitness. We all base our goals on what others we perceive to be like us achieve. We achieve what we believe we'll achieve. Good or bad.
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Old 13th Oct 15, 07:28 PM
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Age related decline is a fact but one predicated on you achieving your potential at a younger age. I'd blow my 24 and 14 year old self away at anything physical. My ultimate potential is almost certainly on the decline but I'm achieving a greater percent of it. Likewise my Mum can run c22mins for 5k at 59 and she definitely wasn't doing that two decades ago.
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100% agreed. The only thing I'd add is that even if you *think* you're reaching full potential in your prime - are you really?

So for example, thinking of the 4 min mile - one person proves it can be done and suddenly lots of people start to do it. But mostly yes - the closer you are to full potential in your prime the harder it's going to be to improve with age.
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Old 16th Oct 15, 01:56 PM
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This chap proves, although it may get harder with age, you can still run damn fast..

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Old 18th Nov 15, 05:35 PM
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Predictions of age related decline and the kind of age grading they do in parkrun is based upon statistics. Most people believe they'll decline with age so they do. Therefore statistics show age related decline is the norm re-enforcing the belief further. .
The stats do NOT say YOUR PERFORMANCES decline with age. They say that your CAPACITY declines with age.


Specifically, IMO, what an over-50 can do is: high intensity training (tempered with recovery) and weight training (low reps high weights). This, for example, naturally stimulates EPO production.
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Old 18th Nov 15, 07:42 PM
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The stats do NOT say YOUR PERFORMANCES decline with age. They say your CAPACITY declines with age.
....or both when you get to my age!
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Old 19th Nov 15, 11:48 AM
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My capacity to read a map and run in the dark at the same time has completely gone - I finished last in the night race in Seville last Saturday

Mind you it was a pleasant balmy evening with a spectacular setting for the last control

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Old 31st May 16, 04:18 PM
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To old to take up running, I don't think so (but I could be wrong!)

I'm a 63 year old male that's never consciously exercised, though I have always walked where possible rather than using a car.

Just over 3 weeks ago I checked my weight and I was shocked, 170 kgs and I'm 5ft 4ins so definitely not good. I needed to change things, I've always had a healthy diet so that was not an issue other than cut down a bit.

I started my fitness regime on that very day with a brisk 5 mile walk. The next morning I did an early morning 5 mile walk, and the same in the evening.

Over the followings days I've increased my pace to a gentle jog, it gets easier every day though I don't exceed the 10 miles a day as I find that about right.

After this mornings jog I reluctantly weighed myself, I was 170 kgs 3 weeks ago, today I am 159 kgs. I'm quite pleased with that and as my fitness level increases hopefully the weight will drop off to an acceptable level.

I don't have any running gear at present but will be getting some trainers etc shortly, I'm sure the trainers will be less harsh on the feet that an ordinary pair of shoes.

Pleased I found this forum, especially the 'Veterans' bit
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Old 31st May 16, 04:47 PM
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Just in case anyone reads my last post.... I am 59kgs and not 159kgs lol!

Hopefully the mod will have corrected this, I'm not 159kgs.... honest guys!
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Old 31st May 16, 10:10 PM
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I am 59kgs and not 159kgs lol!
Must say I was a bit disbelieving of your original post....5ft 4" and 170kgs indeed! Anyhow, welcome to the Veterans bit of the Forum and do hope you're here to stay.
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Old 1st Jun 16, 06:41 AM
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Must say I was a bit disbelieving of your original post....5ft 4" and 170kgs indeed! Anyhow, welcome to the Veterans bit of the Forum and do hope you're here to stay.
Thank you, it's nice to feel welcomed
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