I think I’ve revealed before that I am a master’s runner (I’m 44) and have been running and doing triathlons for about 12-13 years now. Over the past year, I’ve had PRs at several distances–which leaves me asking the question: How much longer do I have to PR? I mean really, I’ve gotta think that after being at it for so long and being my age, I’m pretty much in a fight with Father Time at this point.
Some background–I’m pretty sure one of the reasons I’m hitting these PRs is because this is one of the first consistent periods of time where I have really focused on my running. When I first got started I was very triathlon focused. Then I had pregnancies, new babies, miscarriages, injuries, etc. All worth it, but at the same time serving as interruptions to what otherwise would have been a steady period of training. Finally, as of winter ’08-’09, I really buckled down and started focusing on my running. I still do a bit of swimming and cycling, but right now, that’s all pretty much to support my running.
So who knows how long I can ride this wave. I’m going to keep on giving it what I have and see what happens. I certainly have good examples to follow–several of my running partners are older and faster than me. I have a running friend who is around 60 and he’s still one very fast guy. He hit his marathon PR at 50. Amazing. I highly doubt that will be me, but one can hold out hope, right?