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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.


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).

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