Last week at the Virgin London Marathon, according to an article in the Sunday Times, many runners aged between 55 and 64 ran as fast as those in the younger age bracket of 25 – 34.
This is wonderful news for us older runners who always imagine we get slower as we age – if we train well then there is absolutely no reason why our running endurance should diminish. It was Strava who examined the stats of those runners using their tracker app at the London Marathon and they discovered that the 55 – 64 age group ran an average marathon race of 4 hours, 4 minutes and 17 seconds JUST 15 seconds behind the average pace of the 25 – 34 year olds!
I’ll have some of that!
It’s well documented that running increases longevity (according to a study in the Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases Journal) a single hour of running can add seven hours to a person’s life…Crikey! And boosts our cognitive function…There are loads of studies out there that demonstrates this fact – one such from the University of Eastern Finland found that ‘participants who engaged in physical activity at least twice a week had a lower risk of dementia than those who were less active. The research also showed that it’s never too late to start. Becoming more physically active after midlife was shown to lower dementia risk.https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201404/physical-activity-improves-cognitive-function
So, as I hurtle alarmingly towards a rather big and shocking birthday, this gives me hope and gets me out that door on rainy, cold days. It reminds me too that we’ve just got to keep on keeping on. Which I will certainly be doing.
Age is just a number and it’s never too late to start running…or run a marathon!
Come and join our Running workshop here in Marlow on the 17th June for inspiration – http://www.pilatesandrunning.co.uk/?page_id=438