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Sun Sep 18, 2022, 12:51 PM

I placed 5th in a 5K today.

There were five people in my category, women 70+, in a field of 2,000. When there are three or fewer women running, I get a medal, and I have about twenty so far; we do four races a year.

My husband was first in his age group, 70+ men, just once so far, but he is a much faster runner than I am. My joints are all replaced.

If there are other senior runners here, I'd love to hear your stories.

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Reply I placed 5th in a 5K today. (Original post)
Croney Sep 2022 OP
multigraincracker Sep 2022 #1
Croney Sep 2022 #3
Scrivener7 Sep 2022 #2
Croney Sep 2022 #4
Scrivener7 Sep 2022 #5
Croney Sep 2022 #6
Scrivener7 Sep 2022 #8
Croney Sep 2022 #10
MANative Sep 2022 #7
Croney Sep 2022 #9
MANative Sep 2022 #11
multigraincracker Sep 2022 #12
MANative Sep 2022 #14
Croney Sep 2022 #15
MANative Sep 2022 #17
bmbmd Sep 2022 #13
Croney Sep 2022 #16

Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:22 PM

1. I think about a 5K or 10K race, just have never signed up for one.

72 and run 3 or 4 times a week, from 3 miles to 8 miles. Have a 10th of a mile track in my back yard. Every 10 laps a mile. Just enjoy my headphones and the fresh air. Average about 12 to 15 minute miles. I have a pacemaker and my doctor told me to keep running.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:27 PM

3. That's a lot more running than I do, and faster too.

As long as I can keep my 5K time under an hour, I'll keep doing it. After an hour they start pulling up the sensors and packing up.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:23 PM

2. Hey! Congrats! I walked one today, but I was out there!

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:29 PM

4. Congrats to you! You probably walked it faster than I ran,

but being out there is what counts!

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Response to Croney (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:31 PM

5. Not if you placed 5th! That's great!

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:35 PM

6. Ha, as I explained, I placed 5th in my age group of 5.

It does sound grand though. 🙂

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Response to Croney (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:46 PM

8. Oh!!! I misread that!



But think of all the ones on the sofa. We timed better than ALL of them.

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Response to Scrivener7 (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:04 PM

10. That is what makes us winners, for sure.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:44 PM

7. Congratulations!



I'm 62 and just started running last year. Doing my 2nd 5K run next weekend. I'm slow as molasses (best speed about 11 mph pace), but I run at least twice a week and do other aerobic activity (rowing, elliptical) and weight training three or four days a week. My husband says I'm a "late-blooming athlete." Fortunate to have my original joints and no pain (so far!) when I run.

Have you been running all your life, or did you start later on? Any advice for newer runners?

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Response to MANative (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:01 PM

9. You are very active! I haven't run an 11-minute mile in, like, forever.

I started running in my 30's, then drifted away from it for 30 years. In 2014 when I turned 70, I just found myself running every day again. I do Zumba, that's my other sport.

You're only 62, so my advice is to run as often as possible, so your muscle memory will just kick in and it will be as natural as breathing. I need to follow my own advice and your example; I'm starting to let my age be an excuse.

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Response to Croney (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:30 PM

11. I enjoy it, so I'll keep at it :)

Not a huge fan of running in the super cold weather in January and February here in CT, but as long as there no ice on the ground, I'll keep at it. Can't run on a treadmill to save my life - just can't get the rhythm right!

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Response to MANative (Reply #11)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:57 PM

12. We have a nice Rec center here

that I use in bad weather. 5 1/2 laps for a mile. For a dollar you can run all you like. Little old women fly by me and I lap some younger guys. I never ran until I hit 60.
Im 63 and weigh 190, the same as I did when I got out of high school in 1968. Body shape is not the same.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 03:12 PM

14. My shape has changed dramatically since I started running

Lost over 80 pounds and went from a size 16 to a size 4. Who knew this body was inside all the extra fluff?! I feel so much better, though, and that's what's really driving me. As long as I can use my gym for other aerobic training, I can balance that with less frequent running until the weather warms up. 😊

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Response to MANative (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 03:19 PM

15. Wow, congratulations!

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Response to Croney (Reply #15)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 04:09 PM

17. Thank you!!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 03:12 PM

13. Once there were only two in my age group.

I came in second.The other guy came in next to last.

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Response to bmbmd (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 18, 2022, 03:20 PM

16. Took me a minute to get it! 🙂

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