In just a few weeks, I will enter a new age group (AG) for racing. A mere thirteen days prior to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Silly me, I thought going into the next group would make me look faster. WOW, was I wrong! Just looking at the results from the 2011 Cleveland Marathon for my (new) age group and if I finish where I am hoping to, I will (most likely) be ranked lower in the older group than if I would stay in my current age group until after the race. DEPRESSING!
I know, I know it doesn't REALLY matter where I fall in the AG, just how I run MY race. And, I'm choosing to look at the positives....it looks like women as a whole are faster in the 35-39 (yes, I let my secret out; I will be joining the 35-39 year olds in just a few short weeks) than the 30-34. That can only mean that good stuff is coming, right? I wonder if this holds true for other races as well or if it's just an anomaly? I may have to start looking into that. Curious minds want to know!
This also brings up another thought; if there are a lot of women like me who didn't start running until their early 30s, then it does make sense that we would be faster in the mid to late 30s as we've gained experience, endurance, worked on speed, etc. Typically, I thought the older we get, the slower we get, but I'm thinking not if we started at nothing! If I ever find the time, I may have to research this.
What are you thoughts on age vs speed?