In the world of running, 40 really is the new 30.
Last weekend, Deena Kastor ran 1:11:57 and won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon. While she just missed the American masters half marathon record, she did break the records for 10 miles and 20k en route.
Speaking of the American masters half marathon record, it is held by Colleen De Reuck who is still at it herself. Last November, at the age of 49, she ran a 2:39:22 marathon in Indianapolis for the win.
It’s not just the ladies who are aging well. Last year, Haile Gebrselassie ran a 1:00:41 half marathon.
Mike Wardian, the fast/fun/quirky/adventurous Virginian turns 40 on April 12 – just nine days before he runs the Boston Marathon. I have a hunch that 40-year-old Mike Wardian will be just as fast as 39-year-old Mike Wardian.
While it looks like you can maintain your speed as you cross forty, many ultra runners have found that you can actually get better!
In the fall of 2012, Mike Morton, 40, ran more than 172 miles in a 24-hour period. Yes, you read that correctly.
A few months ago, Joe Fejes, 48, outdueled Yiannis Kouros, 57, in Arizona. Joe ran more than 555 miles over the course of six days.
Last, and certainly not least, Marco Olmo won the UTMB in 2006 at the age of 58, and he repeated in 2007 at the age of 59. Finally, he was dethroned in 2008 by a young man named Kilian Jornet.
I still have awhile left before I hit 40, but I feel better about it knowing that my performance isn’t (necessarily) going to drop off a cliff.
How do you feel about aging and athletics?
Has your training/racing changed as you’ve gotten older?