Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why did I look?!?

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? 

10 comments:

  1. I've never been confused with someone with speed, so I don't stress about it much. I have found that I am getting faster as I get older, but then again, I didn't start running until later in life.

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    1. I guess I should have included that I am NOT anywhere close to winning my age group, just like to finish as high as possible. So many of us started running later in life, it's GREAT!

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  2. I think you are right - if we started running later, we are getting more experienced when we hit 35-39. I started running at 28 and am doing way better now, a few years later!

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    1. Thanks, Paulette! I just thought it was strange seeing that when so many published articles from the "experts" talk about how we all get slower as we age. I wonder if they only look at the elites or the runners that have been running since they were young?

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  3. I was thinking just like you. I am 39 and have only won one 2nd place AG at my first 10K, a small race. I will be 40 in January and hope my chances improve! LOL! I didn't start running until I was 36, so this is the only AG I have been in.

    You know who is in the 35-39 AG? Jen Brown - Miss Speedy from Run DMC - LOL! I don't have a shot at beating her in a race!

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    1. OH, man! I'm doomed! :) You got 2nd place?! That's awesome! I came in 3rd in a little 5K (I was the only one that cared about that stat!) :)

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  4. I had some speed in my age group in shorter races (under 15k) last year. This year an injury has hampered that. My 40-44/49 age group is on par with my 35-39 group (at least it looks that way to me). I'm hoping to eventually get back to some of that speed next year (I'm going to focus on getting healthy and running again and then endurance). I do my PR's by AG now, too. I'll never run sub 17 5k's again like in my early 20's! Of course I gained and lost 60 pounds between then and a few years ago when I lost that 60. My PR's now are the New Me PR's!

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    1. Running healthy is definitely better than speed, anyway! Good luck with your "New Me PRs".

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  5. Ha ha ha ha! You didn't know that 35-39 is the most competitive age group? Yep, it seems like it is in many areas. I have just over one year left & then I can finally move to the 40-45 age group. ;)

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  6. Gonna hit AG 50 soon enough. Not sure but feel like once you hit high 40's my body slows. I dunno tho. Been back to running after 10 years. So maybe I will get faster.

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