Posted by: Joe English | December 14, 2010

Training — Is over-40 too old to improve? No way!

running-advice-bugLisa writes in with a question that’s been on my mind recently. She asks this brief question:

I am 41 years old. When I was 29, I did 24:34 in the 5K. I have been trying to break my personal best since. Is it too late to do that? Or am I too old to do that?

First, the answer to the question about age: can runners get faster and continue improving into their 40s, 50s and beyond? The answer is yes. Improving running speed in older runners has to do with three main factors: the quality of your training; your health overall and your flexibility and strength.

We recently did a video on this subject in which we talk about the master’s runner and these very issues.

There are a couple of important things to keep in mind here.

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