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09/18/2013

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Rob Jacks

Joe,
I am 48 and find the biggest problem is picking up injuries and 'niggles' that are preventing me from training as hard or frequently as I have done in the past. I can only imagine that this becomes more of a problem in the future years. Consequently, it may not be that I don't want to train as frequently or as strenuously i.e. becoming more sedentary, as you imply above, it may be that due to physical contraints that this is not a viable option.

Wade

Joe,

What a great article. The pictures really hit home.

I can confirm the use it or lose it theory. I am 71 and have been training to "not lose it" for the past decade, i.e., most of my runs at a 9 1/2 min pace. I ran a few races but my times were nothing to write home about.

I decided to get serious a few months ago and started running some 1/4 mile pickup randomly during my runs. The times were in the 7:45 to 8 min range - pretty discouraging - but i keep at it. A a couple of months later these pickups are down to 7:15 - I am encouraged.

Lesson learned, we need to challenge ourselves regularly.

Thanks for the great info - keep it coming.

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