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Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:34 am

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I have a ways to go performance wise, but have an interest in participating in some over 40 running events (I'm currently 39 and just started running). I happen to like maybe the 400, 200, 100 races or possibly relays of these events.

I have no idea what, when, where, how much, and maybe most importantly......how good.

Any insight or direction would be appreciated!



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Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:52 am

 
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I would look for a local Masters club - they can help with training facilities, coaching, and the other 3 runners for relays! Starting here is a good start - someone should be able to point you in the right direction for a local club.

You can also search the USTAF site for club information. This site also has a section which lists masters meets(as well as lots of other good info).

Good luck!

Here is a link to some clubs in Michigan:
http://www.usatf.org/clubs/search/info. ... nNumber=19



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Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:31 pm

 
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Well, it doesnt look like this is an "easy" thing to get involved with. Looks like a lot of travel would be involved if one wished to compete.

If anyone has any info on clubs or orginazations in West Michigan.....any info would be great!

Thanks!



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Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:24 pm

 
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It really is fairly easy to get started - If you have access to a track you can begin training. Meets depend on what area you are in - but there are all comers meets all over that accept anyone!



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Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:50 pm

 
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Meets depend on what area you are in - but there are all comers meets all over that accept anyone!


I just started running at a local track and took a stop watch to start timing myself (400, 200, 100) I have a ways to go in order to compete, but think I can get there if I work at it for a bit. But the idea of competing against guys my age is intriguing and sounds like it could be fun. Need to see how fast the numbers improve for starters I guess.

There are planty of 3k, 5k, 10k runs but I am more interested in sprints/mid distance.

I am in West Michigan, and the link up above didnt show much in my area. Reality is I better see if I can stick with this and improve. If I get good enough I'll look into competing. :lol:



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Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:57 pm

 
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Lanky - First off congratulations on picking up (or returning to) running. My thoughts are to take it a bit slow. The body is more prone to injury than when we were in our 20s. More importantly, it also takes longer to heal. Translation: if you hurt yourself by trying too hard you're going to miss out on competing in some meets and could even miss a whole season. I'd try to attain a good base by doing a variety of "longer" runs (maybe 3-5 mile runs) along with some shorter stuff (say 1,000m to 1 mile) . Do this for at least a few months if not more before you begin sprinting. If your body isn't already in good running shape and you try to sprint: injury risk. I could go on ad nauseum but will stop there. As for info, check with your local running stores to see if they know of any masters groups.
Good luck!

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Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:25 am

 
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Interesting you speak of injuries. My first attempt I did a 400, 200, and 100 after a short bike ride the track (like maybe a mile). Couple days later my calves are a little sore but not much worse than I expected. I have never been a big distance guy as I have Asthma, but I am in shape due to lifting, jump rope, Biking, Hiking, etc...

The GF only did a 400 and a 200 and she has a nice bump/soreness in her calf muscle.

We are taking a couple days off before we try again. I havent run in so long I basically jogged the 400 as I wasnt even sure I could run a full lap. LOL When I did the 100, about halfway thru I started laughing as my Quads started cramping up on me so bad!



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Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:07 pm

 
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Here is a link to an article on sprint training from Peter Magill's blog "Younger Legs For Older Runners".



Oscar Peyton's advice on preparation for sprints ... ALL Season Work-Out


I hope you find it helpful.

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Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:49 pm

 
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Make sure you jog 800 to 1600 meters before Speed Training.


Looks like this is mainly what I need to add. Like I said I did basically jog the 400 (took me 1:33 :lol: ) I want to get down to a minute or under. Anyway, so maybe I'll do a couple of those before sprints next time. Or work my way up to jogging 2 to 4 laps before doing any sprints.

Thanks for all the help.



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