Look forward to being competitive in a new age category.
Learn to evaluate results in relation to your workouts and your effort.
Spend longer on your warm-up and warm-down.
Start to add extra recovery time and crosstraining days.
KEEP ON RUNNING
Running economy doesn’t necessarily deteriorate with age. In a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, runners of various ages were analysed for running economy, lactate threshold and muscle strength. They showed differences for the latter two metrics, but no differences in economy were found between the age groups. Work to maintain yours by regular strength training (see p80).