Senior Marathon Runners - Age Is Just A Number - Participate In Senior Marathon
I want to run a half marathon, and remain injury-free, to celebrate 60 years of being alive…. That’s where the sentence truly connects “Age Is Just A Number”…learn from senior marathon runners
Senior Marathon runners are growing in numbers – actively participating in half marathons – marathons organized for senior citizens. Some of these runners have been running all their lives and can’t fathom doing anything else. Others have taken up running later in life and have gotten attracted to the health benefits running provides. Either way, there’s no reason you can’t run a marathon in your 60s, 70s, or even older.
In the early-2000s, the Internet was filled with stories of 90-year-old Fauja Singh and his marathons (42.195 km). The next decade saw a rise in older people taking to running, a lot of them from Coimbatore. (source)
Tips For Senior Marathon Runners
Make No Mistake That Running Is Truly A Discipline
Running is not for everyone and that’s ok. Some might have a preference for, say, swimming or cycling and will do better pursuing those activities instead of following the cliché.
In general, there are plenty of health benefits in simply staying active, as long as you’re moving and not just sitting, you’re going to be in better health. The key is to learn to move right and not get hurt in the process. Active lifestyle full of injuries defeats the very purpose of being active.
I’m here to tell you that all is not lost and it’s not as bad or difficult as it might seem to you right now. You need to LEARN how to move right just as you did with everything else in your life.
It’s good that despite of you being a Senior citizen you have shown keen interest to take part in Marathon or probably “Half Marathon” to start with…we’ve gathered few tips for senior marathon runners.
Difficulties To Overcome
By the age of 60 most people accumulate lots of bad habits and fears and are somewhat unaware of it. The first steps in learning how to run correctly will take a lot from you, and you’ll need to open your mind, feelings, adjust your muscles’ work and neuromuscular patterns for these changes in order to start building a new you. It’s a long way, but it’s worth it
Walk Before You Run
They say that a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step; they also say you have to walk before you run, and we’d have to agree. If you push your body too hard too fast you’ll end up with injuries that could sideline you. Trying to do too much too soon is counterproductive.
But don’t think that walking is a waste of time. Just lacing up the sneakers and walking around your neighborhood can give you some amazing results. Folks who walk regularly have stronger bones. Walking is one of the best ways you can fight osteoporosis. Those without exercise become weak but those that are exposed to some physical stress gain calcium and greater bone density.
Find Yourself A Running Buddy
A great way to get into running is with a buddy. If you can schedule some time to do regular walking with a friend you may find you’re more likely to stick to your exercise program. Also, people who are older may benefit from the added level of safety that jogging or running with someone else brings.
Some people report feeling bored going on long walks so having a friend along with you can make the experience more enjoyable for you. If you’re more of a loner and get yourself some headphones and listen to some great music and you’ll find that time flies as you get healthier and stronger.
Do Regular Strength Training
Strength-training is beneficial for runners of any age, but those benefits are even more significant for older runners. People naturally lose muscle mass as they age, but regular strength training can help you avoid the decline. Improved muscle strength means that your muscles absorb more of the impact while running, which eases the stress on your joints.
Simple leg and core exercises such as squats, planks, push-ups, and lunges can make a big difference in your running performance and injury resistance.
If You Get Injured, Be Patient
As we get older, it does take longer to recover from injuries. A calf pain that sidelined you for a couple days when you were in your 20s may now take several weeks to heal. Don’t rush back to running too quickly, as you may find yourself out for even longer than necessary.
Lastly, Take Care Of Your Diet
The idea of drinking lots of water throughout the day is a winner so try to drink as much as you can handle. Proper nutrition alone is not enough. Unless you combine adequate protein intake with exercise, you will not succeed. Running is exercise, of course, and running has been shown to delay and slow muscle loss in older runners.
Getting out the door is not always an easy task. But runners are an addictive breed that thrives off the benefits and the positives that become even more apparent as they age.
Running is a lifelong sport. You can start as early as grade school and keep going as long as you can put one foot in front of the other.
It is important to eat right and practice your fitness regime daily however; if you can have a personal trainer will be a huge difference.
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