10k Check-In

A few weeks ago I started a piece determined to convince you guys that goals were not a necessary part of running for me. It ended with me fully committed to trying to improve my 10k time. So much for my easy going free spirit.

Many of you know that I’ve been doing mile repeat workouts on Sundays and they’ve been kicking my ass. I’ve been doing six of them, at an 8:49 (and sometimes 8:42, I usually do the last couple a bit faster) pace. It may seem crazy to say after putting in several jogs between 12-20 miles for marathon training, but the mile repeats are some of the toughest running that I’ve done. Sustaining a pace where I have to push myself for more than a couple minutes has really been a different sort of challenge.

There are just four weeks to go until my race and I thought since I’m in full-fledged goal mode now, I should put a number out there. While I’m doing my mile repeats at the pace listed above, I think my real goal is to average under 9 minute miles. The reason I started doing the mile repeats at that faster pace was because my best half marathon time is 1:58:22, a 9:02/mile avg. Quickly I thought ok, I can do a 10k way faster than that. As I’ve trained though I’ve realized that it’s not going to be that easy. In all honesty, when starting this process, I had no idea what my best 10k race time actually was so I had to go back in the archives to do some research. I found that in 2010, I ran a 10k in 56:59, a 9:11/mile pace.

I’m not sure what to take from that time. Part of me thinks I can definitely improve upon it considering how much I’ve been through as a runner in 8 years. In 2010 I wasn’t doing different kinds of workouts and I wasn’t strength training. I would just run–as fast and as hard as I could sustain. I’ve got more miles under my belt now–more experience and more knowledge. Still–the other part of me thinks, shit, I am eight years older now, maybe I can’t run any faster than that!

Logically I know that I am not old and I can still improve and get faster. The proof is out there–in all of you guys. I have seen that it can be done. I think I’ve just been feeling a bit sluggish lately. While I feel like a badass when I finish my tempo and mile repeat runs, I’ve also at times been feeling like a punching bag during them. I always run  and work out in the morning– I would never get it in if I put it off till later. For years I have been able to lift and run on empty. I have my regular ACV and lemon before I leave for the gym, and even a little bone broth before I run for the salt, but for the most part, I’ve always had enough energy in me from last night’s dinner to pull me through. Lately that doesn’t seem to be the case. By the time I get on the treadmill (which I usually use for my speed workouts and do after I lift) I feel like my tank is empty and I’ve got very little to draw from.

I’m not your normal carb-loading runner. Grains create too much inflammation in my body and I’ve just never felt good eating a lot of them, regardless of how much I am exercising. I’ve realized though the past couple weeks that I need something. I am not sure if it is me aging or my body changing, but running on empty just does not seem to be working for me anymore. My Vitamix has reclaimed it’s ginormous plot of real estate on the very limited counter space in my kitchen. I’ve been whipping up a smoothie of kale/banana/strawberry/almond milk +vega green protein powder before each workout and so far it does seem to be making a difference. I’ll admit it though, I’m still waiting for that miracle run–where my energy is through the roof and I feel like I could jump right out of the gym. Am I fooling myself? Are these days in my past? I am inspired by so many other athletes who seem to improve as they age. I also wonder though if my expectations for how much energy I can have are realistic. I treated my body so badly from the ages of 15-25, but I still felt like a lightning bolt. I am older now, but I’ve been hoping that taking such better care of myself  would keep me feeling that youth. Perhaps it has. I am sure if I was still partying like I was and abusing my body, I wouldn’t be able to do any of what I do now. I guess I do the best I can and adjust my nutrition–and my expectations, as I go.

So, I think my official time goal for this 10k in four weeks is going to be 55:25 (8:55/mile). I think it’s going to be quite the crapshoot, it could really go either way. Because my fitness has felt so up and down, I am really looking forward to the race as a measurement of how much I should listen to my brain. I am putting in the work, but my heads telling me everyday that I am out of shape and I can’t keep up with the goals I set for myself. It will be interesting to see how my mind and my body either work with or against each other in this endeavor. Either way, I think it’s a goal that’s challenging me in a lot of different ways and will benefit me mentally and physically going forward.

Please, do tell me…

What’s going on with your running/other types of workouts this week? Are you training for a race or an event? Taking it easy?

How do you feel about your energy as you age? Have you gained, have you lost? How have different types of nutrition affected your ability to maintain a certain level of activity? Any pre-workout foods that put your energy level through the roof?

Have you gotten faster as you’ve aged? Slower? How has age affected your performance and how you view yourself and your abilities as an athlete? 

Has anyone trained primarily on the treadmill? How has it translated when you’ve stepped outside and into a race?


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  3. In a similar way to you I know if I was still living the way I was four years ago, there’s no way I would have achieved what I have in the last three. I massively changed my diet and attitude to life, and it has made a huge diffrence. But as I’ve said to you before I am struggling with my energy lately. I’m also suffering from a major lack of appetite lately. I’m not sure if it’s the summer heat or something else, but I’m just not eating or even wanting to like I used to. And I have always been known as an eating machine 😂. I’m currently trying to sus out what is effecting my stomach negatively, and I’m loth to admit it may be dairy 😞.

    Training wise, I’ve been on a break, to let my various niggles rest as best they can around work. I’ve been doing some hill walking instead with the GF to train for the Three peaks challenge we are doing in July.

    Sounds like you’re on a similar nutrition story chick, and I really hope we both find the solution! Also sounds like you’re ready to smash this 10k. An event always pulls out your best too, the atmosphere and competion 😁. You’ve got this 💪 x

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    1. That’s so crazy you say that about your lack of appetite lately cause I’ve been having a bit of the same! I actually didn’t eat dinner the other night and that hasn’t happened in like 10 years ,lol. I just wasn’t hungry! Honestly though, I should have just eaten anyway because when I woke up I got a headache pretty quickly and I am pretty sure not eating was the cause! Sometimes i think it’s the warm weather, i always tend to eat a bit less in the warm weather.
      Glad that you are taking a bit of a rest– I am sure the hill walking is a nice change for your body-still tough but in a different way, less pounding I am sure!
      Maybe try and take a week away from dairy and see how you feel?! I have heard you mention that more than once that it might be the culprit!


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  5. Great goal to aim for and with your sub 2hr half marathon it seems vey achievable. Like you I prefer to run in the mornings and usually go out having only had a glass of water. Maybe your body is just processing the overnight energy more efficiently leaving you short in the morning.
    Good luck with the training x

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    1. This is part of why I love blogging–different ideas and perspectives! I never thought about how my body might be processing more efficiently and leaving me short in the AM (and I am thinking this might actually be true as my #2 business (sorry if TMI) has been the most plentiful and consistent that it’s ever been! Very interesting–thanks Karen!

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  6. Oh oh! Waving hands in the air. Either get your iron levels checked or just buy some good iron and start taking it and see if your energy returns. Runners are notorious for this issue. Happened to me. As for your goals, go for it! I beat my 5k PR last summer at age 52, in 88 degrees! Don’t overdo it before your race , though. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you PK, I will look into this for sure. Also, so freakin’ awesome that you smashed that PR at 52, very encouraging. Much to look forward to! Thanks for chiming in here, happy to have you!


  7. Just a few things:
    a) 10k is one of the toughest race distances IMHO. It’s short enough to push yourself but long enough to really kick your ass.
    b) You are NOT TOO OLD! I’m 34 and struggle to keep up with the 60-year-old ladies I run with all the time. One of my friends is getting a total hip replacement and already planning her big comeback. Keep running, you’ll be forever young

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    1. Thank you for saying A–As I’m training I’ve totally been like, “I should have trained for a 5k, this shit is hard”. LOL. It’s so challenging to work to push and sustain at the same time!

      And don’t worry, I know WE’RE (same age!) not old, lol. It’s funny though–people who aren’t active and are younger than us feel realllly old. Pretty amazing what movement does for us!

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  8. Oh my gosh – mile repeats?! I’m honestly scared of them. In my marathon plan, they’re a part of “strength building” and in two weeks take the place of the speed work runs that I just now feel like I’ve gotten the hang of! I was considering just sticking with speedwork and skipping those strength building repeats for this training cycle! I’m a total wuss. There’s something about running 6 x 1 mile or 4 x 1.5 miles that seems so super intimidating! Glad to read though that you’re doing them and doing them well, at that! Gives me encouragement!

    Hope you knock this 10k goal out of the ballpark! 🙂

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    1. Girllll-I am doing them and I am scared of them LOL. I have no prob with them on the schedule but when it gets to the day, I’ll admit there’s definitely a fear and a sense of dread. BUT the sense of accomplishment when I am done is like pretty crazy great. Definitely recommend!
      I feel like your training has been super strong this cycle and you’re ready for them–I believe in you!


      1. Aww thank you! I was just making some small adjustments to my plan for next week and was *so tempted* to remove the 1 mile repeats but I kept them there with your encouragement!! I’ve got a whole week to psyche myself up!! 🙂

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      2. OH – and I meant to ask you: have you read or listened to the newish book Endure by Alex Hutchinson? I just finished it and found a lot of it to be interesting. He looks at science/theories as well as athletic performance in regards to how much our mind has the ability to influence what we’re capable of doing. This topic of doing workouts outside our comfort zones reminded me of the book. Might be a good one to load on your kindle or something for your upcoming travels! 🙂

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  9. Cat, you’re too young to worry about age ruining your fitness 🙂 Give yourself another ten years!
    I would say intervals take way more out of you than sustained long runs, and some pre-run fuel with quick energy is really helpful (banana with PB). I actually also do my intervals in the afternoon, since my heart rate is naturally higher then. Make sure you’ve got a good warm-up with ddynamic stretches!
    I think you’ve set a very reasonable goal for your attempt igiven your half and increased fitness (even if you don’t feel it, after going through marathon training you are def. fitter!!). Make sure you take it easy the says before the race. But right now, continue to work hard and give your body the rest is craves and needs at least this week and then once or twice a week the next weeks.

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    1. Hey Dorothea! Lol, I almost wanted to print a retraction to this post–I in NO way think that I am old! I was really just trying to point out how my body does feel different than it does in my twenties–and in some ways that feeling is even better. It’s just interesting how things change in general as we age.
      Thank you very much for your advice and knowledge about the necessity for fuel–I really do think that is/was part of my issue. I am not getting used to the smoothie as part of my routine and it is making quite the difference–feels like i actually have something in the tank!
      And yes–REST, have to remember that that is an important part of all of this!! Thank you!


  10. I think that’s a great goal. It would be a great accomplishment that I know you’re more than capable of. I’m so excited that you’re entering this new stage in running. Can’t wait to read the post when you crush this race.

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    1. Aww thanks Randy! It really is a new stage–I feel like I have so much to learn and so much room to grow, and that is really fun and exciting. Guess what? Just came back a bit ago from my first hill repeat workout! I have run plenty of hills (and lots of bridges cause of where i live) during my long runs and done hill intervals on the treadmill, but hill repeats outside somewhere seemed like sort of a pain in the ass. But this morning after lifting at the gym, I decided to do a warm up slow jog to the park 2 miles away where there is a hill I knew would work well. I did just four 1/4 mile repeats and they totally kicked my ass. It’s cool cause the hill is actually longer than that but I figure I can build up over time. Ran back to the gym after and it ended up being a pretty nice run. So yeah–all these workouts are crazy–i am so impressed by you and all the other runners i know that have been putting in this kind of work for years, it’s really incredible.

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  11. “I’m still waiting for that miracle run–where my energy is through the roof and I feel like I could jump right out of the gym. Am I fooling myself? Are these days in my past?”

    no, they’re not. maybe less frequent, but you’ll have those superwoman moments. race day won’t be one of them. race days are all about pushing and grinding to the finish no matter how you feel. but i predict a very good time for you.

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    1. Joseph!! I had a jump out of the gym run today! Finally! I actually was outside doing hill repeats and they were kind of awful and terribly hard. Then I jogged two miles for a cool down after and despite it being a cool down, decided to push it for the last mile, just cause I felt I had it in my legs. It was awesome–such a good feeling. I think it might be because I foam rolled the hell out of my legs last night and a bit this morning–I think it helped get the creaks out!
      Anyway, thank you for the encouragement, it is ALWAY appreciated.
      Btw, How is your running going? Last time we chatted you were resting a minor ache I think, but planning on getting back out there soon.

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      1. Don’t you love it! You train, your body responds.
        As for me, I made it out in the 90 degree heat yesterday. I love the heat. I did 2 miles with no pain. Could have done more but didn’t want to push it. Today was lifting day. I’ll try the road again tomorrow. I want to get back on the hills.

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  12. Cat – great post. I also decided to target to improve my 10Km time, and my race is next weekend. I’m a bit worried as I’ve had a cold this week and my training has not be fully on. I’ve been doing 1KM intervals inside my 10KM training runs – and I find them really tough (much like you are with your mile repeats), its just such a long time to run at such a pace. I also worry that I wont better my best time and that as I get older that it is all slipping away. Good luck with the rest of your training and upcoming race!

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    1. Hey Caroline, thanks! That’s so cool we have both set this 10k goal–I am sorry you are feeling under the weather this week. Hopefully that will change by this weekend–maybe having the cold will get you some more rest, who knows, maybe it will be beneficial!? You never know about race days, right?
      Glad you can relate about how tough it is to run for that longer amount of time at that faster pace. Sometimes I almost feel like it’s like holding my breath or something–it’s this thing I am just waiting for to be over!

      I think our best days could definitely still be ahead of us–as many here have commented. I am optimistic :). Also, I am trying to remember that it’s always a good day if I’m continuing to try! Thanks for chiming in on this one–and so much good luck this weekend! Can’t wait to hear about it!


  13. Easy week for me. Had a competition on the weekend. I’ll get some strength and conditioning work in tomorrow and Thursday and maybe hit the track on Friday.

    I’m fairly low carbohydrate these days. Not keto, but close. Mostly whole foods. I up my intake when required. I’ve found that over time my body has adapted well and I can perform quite well on a cup of black coffee with coconut or MCT oil.
    I have also found that supplementing with baking soda (with water) pre-workout or competition has helped with endurance (it reduces lactic acid build up).

    For the most part, I am faster and stronger as I have aged. I think it is important to understand that you need to train differently as you age. A lot of people miss this important fact and try to train as they did when they were 18 years old and wonder why they don’t recover as well as they did. I’m in my late thirties and definitely train at a lower intensity more often which allows me to really perform when required.

    I’ve never done much treadmill running. I’ve always found that it limits hamstring activation which can lead to tears in competition. Obviously, it can be used a great training aid to get the miles in the legs but nothing really beats getting out and going for a run outdoors.

    Just my two-cents. Hope it helps…

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    1. Hey David. Sounds like a good week. I’m not keto either but close. I love the MCT oil, I drizzle it on steamed veggies in the morning. I am going to look up the baking soda thing though, I have never heard of that one. It sounds interesting. You feel a difference from it? How much are you taking exactly?

      Point taken with the training differently as you age. I’ve definitely added in different types of workouts and expanded what I do, but perhaps I need to look at the intensity at times as well–for longevity.

      All this is helpful David, thanks so much!


  14. OK, have you been taking rest weeks during these big efforts? Just like in your mara training, you need to drop it down, recover and re-accumulate energy, every now and again, but regularly.

    “Sustaining a pace where I have to push myself for more than a couple minutes has really been a different sort of challenge.” — I find this so hard, too, and not sure why as obv when doing mara training and races, one is pushing oneself, just in a different way.

    Re current running I now appear to be cold and cough free (EVERYONE has had a cold and cough here!) and am getting back my running mojo – esp after a great run last weekend by the sea. I have a marathon in August but am being relaxed about it as it’s got a 10 hour cut off and features cake on the way round …

    Re ageing: I will never be fast but I’m more bad-ass now. First marathon was run aged 44 and I am stronger and fitter and more marathon ready now at 46. I reckon I’ve got a good decade of improvement in me in terms of strength and endurance and don’t want to stop running long for a LONG time.

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    1. You know Liz the rest thing really never occurred to me. You’re really supposed to do the drop down thing like all the time?! Might explain a bit of my burnout! Glad I have you to point things like this out, thank you! It totally would be helpful if every third week or so I modified the runs and made them a little lighter–even if I’m still doing the same “type” of run. That’s a really good idea!
      I think the pushing for the pace for a certain amount of time is so different from the marathon training because of our brains. Marathon training you’re like settling in for this long haul. Even though it’s hard, setting out to run 14 miles is def a different headspace than setting out to run 7–4 of them hard. I think sometimes the shorter is even harder because are expectations are higher–like if we can do the long stuff, this should be no problem! Interesting how it can all be very different!

      Glad you are cold and cough free, that is WONDERFUL! Also awesome to hear that you are only getting fitter and stronger as you age. It seems like a lot of people feel the same way, it’s very encouraging! I don’t want to stop running for a LONG time either!!

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  15. I’ve heard that you get better at long distances as you get older, so that must only mean faster… It’s all about practice I guess! I’m sure you can do it, you have determination and that’s such an important factor to keep going and beat your targets. Good luck!

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    1. Yeah, I am sure you are right, it is all about practice and putting the work in. I think this post was a mini pity party for myself lol. Luckily I have you all to drag me out of it! I appreciate that! thanks lady!

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  16. Hey Cat, I’m resting at the moment but when I say resting I am still running daily I am just not following a strick program. End of march I did an Ultr then three weeks later I did a Stage race so much needed rest. Race season will start again soon in a few months but for now enjoying running at different times other than 5am and doing other things like cross fit and yoga.
    Nutrition I have recently adapted a plant based diet and have found that my recovery is a lot better not eating dairy and meat. But, it’s not for everyone.
    Good Luck with everything and remember to be patient. Speed doesnt happen over night but keep up the speed work and one day it will all click.

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    1. Hey Ayesha. I read your last post and saw the iNCREDIBLE pic or you “resting” on the mountain. So amazing. Glad that you are getting what you need in order to prepare for your race season! Cross fit and yoga are such nice compliments to your running i am sure.
      Thanks for the reminder that this isn’t all going to happen over night. I think when things get hard I forget that. Truth is, there is not much worth having that comes over night, right? So I’ll be patient!
      Thanks girl, good to hear from you! x


  17. Well I didn’t start running till my mid 40’s so it’s all gravy for me haha. It doesn’t stop me from wanting to improve or do better now that I’m facing …gulp… 54 in a couple months. I hear you on the running on empty thing. For years I’d head out for a run with a couple cups of coffee and be good. Now, I often need something post workout to keep me feeling balanced. Overall, I try and listen to my body. Sometimes workouts feel effortless, other times, they feel like real work. The main thing is I’m out there doing it. Same for you… do your best and it’s all a win 😉

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    1. Lady! I am so jealous honestly that you didn’t start running till your mid 40s, you’re gonna outlast all of us! I have a friend whose mom started running in her 50’s and she’s now in her sixties and has run like 30 marathons and is faster than me. She is incredible! Plus, her knees aren’t garbage cause she hasn’t been running since she was a teen like many of us!
      Feels good to know i am not the only one who can’t always run on empty. Seems like my body definitely changes from time to time!
      You’re also so right-if we are out there doing it–it’s a win, regardless of “ease”. It’s all in the action. Thanks lady!

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  18. I’m setting personal bests in my mid 50’s on the longer endurance efforts than I did in my late 20’s and 30’s. The main reason for that is the internet wasn’t around when I started running, and most of my training was just me telling myself to beat yesterday. That only gets you so far. Then marriage and kids came along. Now I train much smarter, following training plans for my major races and training by heart rate zones much more often. Easy runs are just that, easy. I never had easy runs 25-30 years ago. Train smart and you’ll see improvement.

    The other thing I would address is that even though mile repeats are great, you should probably add some shorter distance intervals or fartleks, such as 2 minute pick-ups with 1 min. recoveries, or maybe some Yasso 880’s. Mix it up so you don’t get bored or burned out.

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    1. That’s so awesome to hear Chris–and it makes so much sense that you have so many more resources to train smarter with the internet now. I think that’s how I trained for a long time too–the “beat yesterday” mentality. It’s nice we have a little more to go on than that now!

      Thanks for the advice on the shorter distance intervals as well. I actually do do one of those a week with exactly what you say–2 min pick-ups and 1 minute recoveries. Glad to know I am on the right track!!


  19. From what you’ve written, I’m absolutely sure you can do 10km in that time! For comparison, my fastest HM is only a little quicker than yours (1:54) and my fastest 10km is 48mins. I achieved that when my fitbit broke and I wasn’t able to keep track of the time! 😀


  20. I totally understand the challenge of going from long runs at lower intensity to short distances at close to max. I really think we’re designed for endurance and I do enjoy middle and longer distance running, but I have a lot of respect for runners who can really push it at those faster distances. It’s painful!

    I’m taking it easy for another week. The past week I limited myself to a two-mile race I’d already signed up for on Friday evening, and then an easy-paced recovery parkrun the morning after. Physically I’m feeling really good: ran well at the two-miler and my left side is flowing a lot better. If there was any minor swelling to my left knee, its either disappeared or reduced significantly. That said, I’m planning to just do another easy parkrun next week and leave it at that. The week after is when I’ll start back proper.

    In terms of events coming up, I have three- and four-mile races in June and July (part of a series with 1/2/3/4 mile events) and two team relays as part of my running club. Particularly excited about the relays: I’m currently down to run a 10-mile stage on each. The second relay in particular sounds pretty incredible, its over two days with I believe nearly 30 stages, taking in over 200 miles from north Wales to south!

    My energy seems to have steadily increased over the last few years, but I’d attribute that more to change in diet more than anything. I’ve walked a lot from the time I was a child (commute to school usually 3-4 miles there and back) which I think has really helped provide a good base before I started getting into running. Switching to vegetarian and then cutting out all animal products has also been a big factor: cutting out the meat/dairy/etc has had a big impact for me personally, but I think the most important thing was it got me to consider what I was putting in. Past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with organic produce and trying to determine whether it has a meaningful effect on me: too early to tell conclusively, but my cravings are reduced, energy/performance are good and fruit as a dessert/afters (tangerines, dates, bananas, strawberries, etc) are leaving me satisfied.

    I’m actually excited to see how age impacts my endurance performance because I really believe that if I put in the work, make sensible health/diet choices and rest/avoid overtraining consistently, that my best years are well ahead of me. I see plenty of examples from my running club and the local running community of men and women in the veteran 35, 45 and beyond categories who have gotten speedier and stronger with time. When you look at the results of most of the local races, I’d say 30-50% of the top 20 finishers are at least in the 35+ category. So long as I can stick to those points, maintain realistic expectations (goals from within rather than influenced by how others are doing) and have fun I’m looking forward to becoming a veteran runner 🙂

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    1. Sounds good that you are taking it easy for a bit Paul–looks like you’ve got some great events ahead of you, especially those relays, really cool!
      It’s great that your change in diet has helped with your energy and performance. I’d say diet is for sure the biggest factor for most people. If I didn’t eat well, I’d really have nothing! For me it’s just interesting to see that my body and hormones and needs are always changing–little things need to be tweaked at times–just like how I am adding the shakes now when before i used to be able to run on empty just fine.

      I think I am with you on being excited about aging as an athlete–I feel optimistic about it as well. Although I see from the reactions to this post that I may have not conveyed that very well here, lol. I am going through a lot of change right now and I think that always makes me feel like I haven’t got as much gusto as I would like. It will ebb and flow I am sure. You are so right though, so many people reaching their best in their thirties and forties–lots to look forward to!

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  21. Forgot what else I was going to say. Age. I’m a little intimidated by the tri I have coming up–six weeks from yesterday. I looked at last years results, and of the 450 entrants (in sprint and mini sprint–I’m bumping up to my first sprint), there were under 20 total entrants in the 60 and up categories. So pretty much everyone will be younger and have more intrinsic speed than me. On one level, that’s a relief, I can adjust expectations, and on another it is a little intimidating. For me, its the doing that counts, so showing up and doing my best is what I have to go with. My fantasy finishing time is 1:40, and realistically, I’m thinking 1:55. We shall see.

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    1. I think that you’re a little intimidated hints you’re doing something worthwhile–living out of your comfort zone, yes? That’s always good. You feel both relief and intimidation about the age thing. I’m thinking you should also feel an enormous sense of pride to be in that small group of entrants in your age group. Whenever I see people over 60 at events I participate in I NEVER think, “ah, I’ll easily overtake them” or anything like that. Instead, I ALWAYS think, “God I hope I am like them when i grow up!” I think what you have is what everyone wants Steph–to be able to age gracefully and remain strong and active. That is all I think when I read your posts…goals!!

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      1. I like this concept, that the intimidation may be reflecting the level of challenge, and for me, a little intimidation is probably the appropriate amount out of my comfort zone, at least in this arena.

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  22. Well Cat, if you’re too old, I am in soooooo much trouble. And, I’ll probably never see a 9 minute mile again, which is fine with me. My current fantasy goal is a 33 minute 5K. Fantasy being the operative term.

    So much depends on day of the race stuff. Are you getting good sleep? For me, that’s a huge deal. 8-plus hours and my energy is good. Less than that, and I move pretty well for a slug. Interestingly, I’ve started with some smoothies myself recently, they do seem a good way to get going if my usual hard boiled egg is feeling insufficient, or I’ll have one post workout. Yeah, Vitamix!

    No major insights to add, and your goal seems reasonable. Have fun!

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    1. I really hope this post didn’t come off as me thinking I’m old at all Steph, I REALLY don’t think that way. It’s more just the realization of how my body seems to change a bit within each decade. In my teens and twenties I always felt invincible. If I tripped and fell when I was running or playing sports I just bounced back up immediately. Nowadays I get up, but slowly, and I feel the bruising for a few days. It’s strange and just new to feel just the littlest bit afraid to fall. I think it’s a part of aging, and I think of aging as this thing that is happening all the time!

      You’re def right about the race day stuff. I think I’m starting to feel pretty good about just working as hard as I can for the next four weeks and then just giving it all that I got when that day comes. I think when I can detach myself a bit from the outcome I’m able to remember that this is fun! Going for a goal—trying at something, it’s one of the things I enjoy most about life, so I’m happy I get to do it.
      Yay vitamix ❤️. I’m glad to be using it more often (when I’ve gone a long time without doing so I feel guilty my hubs spent so much on it! But hey, it will prob last forever, right? 😍)


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