According to data released by the running app Strava, which sourced times from the London Marathon, runners in the age group were on average slower than those in the and age groups. The times:. One theory on why? Older folks logged more practice miles.
No cheering fans. Then again, when I laced my shoes that morning, I had no intention of running a marathon. And that—plus a healthy dose of cajoling, a few miles of walking, and several bathroom breaks—is how I found myself dragging my feet across the trailhead parking spots with Brendan, his eyes glued to his watch, waiting for it to register the magic number As I finally disintegrated into my car seat after a sopping hug and high-five, I wondered: Is this what dating an ultrarunner looks like? Photo: Brendan Leonard. High school cross-country and track were both sweet solace for me through awkward phases; in college, I found a similar refuge in trail running. I relish running as more of a spontaneous, natural expression of joy that happens to be good for me.
Most typical marathon training plans are 16 to 20 weeks long. On the other days, you can cross train, do some low intensity exercise think yoga or Pilates and, most importantly, rest your legs, allowing them to fully recover. Each training plan will include different runs, which require you to alter your pace to avoid burning out.
It's no secret that marathon times -- unlike most other track and field events -- have been getting faster and faster over the past decade. Among the 20 fastest men's marathoners of all time, Haile Gebrselassie's time is the oldest on the list! There's been plenty of discussion about why this is happening; the most recent entry in the field is a paper from French sports researchers, just published in the Journal of Sports Sciences , that examines a range of demographic, morphological, and environmental factors. The paper collects data on the top marathoners from each year dating back to for men and for women.