|1st 100 yards|
Two years ago, at age 46, I ran my first race ever: the 2012 Steps 4 Stellar 5K. I had a blast. Runners registered quickly, signs marked every mile, and cheerful volunteers greeted us at the water station and post-race buffet. There was even a basketball tournament being held in the nearby courts, all adding to the energetic environment. I had a perfect and positive experience, just like this year.
|Getting ready to start|
I was proud to complete the 2012 competition, without stopping or walking, in 33:05 (minutes:seconds). At the same time, I was envious of other runners whose times were better than mine. The 2012 1st place female winner in the aged 50-59 group clocked in at 29 minutes.
Then, it dawned on me, I'm not slow. I'm just too young.
|Showing off our awards for winning in our|
respective age groups, here with
Sofia and Bonnie (left and right respectively).
I met Sofia during the awarding ceremony of this year's race. She placed first in her group (women aged 50-59) with a time of 25:13. She started running 10 years ago at age 44, and has completed various distance races. Believing that age is inversely related to speed, I was surprised to find that Sofia accomplished her best 5K time last year at age 53, and not when she was much younger.
Mark, our family friend, finished in 30:24, almost 4 minutes faster than his 2012 5K time. Shouldn't he be slower because he's now 2 years older?
|Hooray for Mark!|
Here are some interesting articles on age and performance:
- Late Starters run faster in middle age
- Study proves Running economy does not decline with age
- How much does age affect running performance – is it all downhill after 40?
- Exercise and the Older Adult
Race FactsAddress: Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park, 2600 Parkway Blvd Allentown, PA
Course: relatively flat, mostly asphalt with about 1/10 mile grass
Date and Time: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 am
Kids Fun Run: none
Parking: Free and plenty
Participants: 177; includes runners, walkers, dog walkers, stroller joggers, children
Post Race Nourishment: water, banana, bagels, sliced oranges
Prizes: drinking glasses with race logo to top 3 men, and 3 women overall and each of the following groups:
Results: immediate; Online results were published Monday after the race
Restrooms: porta potties, and park restrooms
Shirt: Tech shirt
Water Stations: 1 station accessible about 3/4 mile going out and back