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41 years old and just ran my fastest 10K (Read 1735 times)

flovesparko


    Although I've only done a handful of 10K's in the last nine years I've been running on and off, I just PR at 41 years old for a 10K raced yesterday. I ran hard and almost always feel like quitting after the first mile but still finished strong with a enough of a kick to get my pace down well under 6 minute pace. I ran 37:44 (6:05 pace) in windy and very humid conditions. I think I would have been closer to 6:00 pace on a good day. I still get inspired by the older guys that beat me. One guy was 47 and ran 5:42 pace. Stay strong and healthy to all my fellow RA runners!
    KMB


      Holy Crap - way to go! I'm almost 41! Sweet!!!!!!!!!


      Puttin' on the foil

        Hey, that's great! I too had a PR at the half marathon distance in March at the ripe ol' age of 41! It makes me wonder "what if" I had taken running more seriously earlier in life. Great job on you PR!
        Don't be obsessed with your desires Danny. The Zen philosopher Basha once wrote, 'A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.'
          Good job!! In my 10th year of running--some 23 yrs ago (age 43--then) I PR'd every distance from 1 mi/5K/10K/1/2 and a full marathon. I have found a lot of folks who seem to improve over a 10 yr span if they are consistent and stay away from injuries. I know this is supposed to be about you--but my ego seems to get in the way a lot. For example, at age 64 I ran a faster marathon than my first one--31 yrs earlier: 3:58 in '77--3:57 in 2008! Sorry. I do get in the way. Great job on your 37 min 10K. keep going. There is no finish line. Nick
          flovesparko


            Holy Crap - way to go! I'm almost 41! Sweet!!!!!!!!!
            KMB, next year will be your year! T-bone, Thanks for not living near me;-) you have some wicked fast times! long run nick, Great job, I love hearing that! Everytime I get done with a race I wonder how I'm going to do this next week, let alone many years from now.
              Hey, that's great! I too had a PR at the half marathon distance in March at the ripe ol' age of 41! It makes me wonder "what if" I had taken running more seriously earlier in life.
              I'm in the same boat T-Bone, but better late than never. That's a great race, keep at it and keep those PRs coming.

              E.J.
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              C.J


              RunningKidCJ

                wow 37:44 that is amazing. Congratulations!!!!

                If they can do it, then why not me!!


                Runs with the pack

                  That's a flat out GREAT time. And doing it at 41 has gotta make you very happy! Congratulations.
                    A 'PR' at age 41... that's awesome! Keep going, who knows you may ran a few more PR's? Sometimes age is just a number. I ran all my PR's from ages 37-43. Franc
                      Inspiring! Keep up the smart training.


                      Needs more cowbell!

                        Yeeaahhh!!! I love threads like this--really give me hope, since I started relatively late in life, too. Awesome job! Big grin

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                        Prince of Fatness

                          Congratulations. I just ran a PR Sunday in a half marathon at age 46, so you're never too young. Keep going for those PRs.

                          Semi-retired.

                            This is the best thread I've seen on this site. No question. I'm 34 and I have been assuming my lifetime PR's are all going to be from high school/college, dusted in time in an era with Kurt Cobain, the OJ trial, and Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan. I'm not sniffing any PR's yet by any means but am running more miles and faster than at any time since 1995. BUT recently my tempo runs have been getting good enough that the whole "sub 17 5K" idea has surfaced for the first time since I've seen the Quebec Nordiques play! Congrats to everyone who has been cranking out these PR's even later in life!!!! I hope to join you in the next year or two. Flovesparko - 37:44 is moving for 41 or ANY age...I did 37:39 at 19. Sweet!


                            Running nut

                              That is really inspiring. I was a decent runner in high school but lacked focus and discipline (I guess I still lack those things now at 32 but to a lesser extent). My goal over the next few years is to beat all the PRs set in my youth and this thread shows that it is more than possible - if I keep up with training it is inevitable.


                              glutton for punishment

                                Although I've only done a handful of 10K's in the last nine years I've been running on and off, I just PR at 41 years old for a 10K raced yesterday. I ran hard and almost always feel like quitting after the first mile but still finished strong with a enough of a kick to get my pace down well under 6 minute pace. I ran 37:44 (6:05 pace) in windy and very humid conditions. I think I would have been closer to 6:00 pace on a good day. I still get inspired by the older guys that beat me. One guy was 47 and ran 5:42 pace. Stay strong and healthy to all my fellow RA runners!
                                holy bejeezus batman!! thats awesome i am in awe of you 6 minute mile dudes i am trying to get to 7 minute miles i am 50 and i think my 22:45 5k is something to behold and then this 51 yo dude clocks one at 16:30. i am like Damnnnn!
                                PRs: 5K - 22:15 May 09 10K - 47:11 feb 09 15K - 1:16 april 09 HM - 1:47 nov 08
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