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Croney

(4,606 posts)
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 12:51 PM Sep 2022

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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I placed 5th in a 5K today. (Original Post) Croney Sep 2022 OP
I think about a 5K or 10K race, just have never signed up for one. multigraincracker Sep 2022 #1
That's a lot more running than I do, and faster too. Croney Sep 2022 #3
Hey! Congrats! I walked one today, but I was out there! Scrivener7 Sep 2022 #2
Congrats to you! You probably walked it faster than I ran, Croney Sep 2022 #4
Not if you placed 5th! That's great! Scrivener7 Sep 2022 #5
Ha, as I explained, I placed 5th in my age group of 5. Croney Sep 2022 #6
Oh!!! I misread that! Scrivener7 Sep 2022 #8
That is what makes us winners, for sure. Croney Sep 2022 #10
Congratulations! MANative Sep 2022 #7
You are very active! I haven't run an 11-minute mile in, like, forever. Croney Sep 2022 #9
I enjoy it, so I'll keep at it :) MANative Sep 2022 #11
We have a nice Rec center here multigraincracker Sep 2022 #12
My shape has changed dramatically since I started running MANative Sep 2022 #14
Wow, congratulations! Croney Sep 2022 #15
Thank you!! MANative Sep 2022 #17
Once there were only two in my age group. bmbmd Sep 2022 #13
Took me a minute to get it! 🙂 Croney Sep 2022 #16
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multigraincracker

(32,327 posts)
1. I think about a 5K or 10K race, just have never signed up for one.
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:22 PM
Sep 2022

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.

Croney

(4,606 posts)
3. That's a lot more running than I do, and faster too.
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:27 PM
Sep 2022

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.

MANative

(4,105 posts)
7. Congratulations!
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 01:44 PM
Sep 2022


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?

Croney

(4,606 posts)
9. You are very active! I haven't run an 11-minute mile in, like, forever.
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:01 PM
Sep 2022

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.

MANative

(4,105 posts)
11. I enjoy it, so I'll keep at it :)
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:30 PM
Sep 2022

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!

multigraincracker

(32,327 posts)
12. We have a nice Rec center here
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 02:57 PM
Sep 2022

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.
I’m 6’3” and weigh 190, the same as I did when I got out of high school in 1968. Body shape is not the same.

MANative

(4,105 posts)
14. My shape has changed dramatically since I started running
Sun Sep 18, 2022, 03:12 PM
Sep 2022

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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