Thursday, December 22, 2011

Old(er) runners: We're efficient and injured

There's an interesting piece in today's New York Times, regarding a recent study on aging runners:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/for-older-runners-good-news-and-bad/

You can plow through all the scientific findings on your own, but here's my nickel tour of the results:

1) Older runners are just as efficient as younger runners.  We can turn energy into footstrikes with the best of 'em.

2) We're losing upper body strength and flexibility.

3) We're getting injured from the knees down and we stay injured longer because we're old and we don't heal  well.

4) When we are hurt, we keep piling on the miles.

Does any of this seem like new information?  I've been living in the bubble described for the past 10 years or more.  Conserve energy, run smart, get hurt, run more.

The hardest part is staying in the game.  Few of those who started the endurance sport shuffle when I did, remain.  More are coming into the sport at a later stage in life (read the article) but longevity is hard to come by. I'll post more on this in the future.

Great time of year to frame up all the blessings from the past year, thank the Lord, then step out the door for another run.  Merry Christmas.

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