THE ARTICLE, “MEB'S TIPS FOR PERFORMING INTO YOUR 40'S AND BEYOND” presented on the Gearjunkie.com website is possibly the most concentrated wise advice on running training and racing that you will ever encounter. Don’t let the title fool you. His deep understanding is valuable to appropriate for runners of all ages, given that over-training is the most common situation leading to a side-lining injury.
Younger and older runners may be equally as likely to “power-through” a hurtful session or an especially fatiguing program if there’s a goal outcome or race on the line. Perhaps it’s because we don’t know any better? That’s been my excuse but I can no longer use it.
The subtitle to this piece proclaims, ”Its possible no endurance athlete has been more consistent, for longer, than Meb Keflezighi”. In it he was asked about “how to keep performing at your peak year after year”. For those who don’t recognize his name, this US Olympian’s experiences in the 10k and marathon began in the year 2000 and were repeated in 2004 and 2012. He’s won the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon and has run many others as an elite entry. Once again he qualified for the Summer Olympics in 2016 at age 40 and ran it at age 41.
The article expands upon his insights:
-You still got it
-Embrace your age
-Listen to your body in training
-Evolve your nutrition
-Put in the time (before and after your run)
-Err on the side of less
-If you do it right you can race more often
-Age is just a number
-In the end know when to ease off the gas
One of the most helpful tips, which he sets by example, is to allow more recovery time as you age. His training “week” is 9 days rather than the 7 days in a calendar week. There are 2 extra days in which to fit in the work he would have done in 7. GREAT ADVICE AT ANY AGE, especially if you find yourself to be injury prone when you start a new plan in advance of an important race. You have 2 extra days to rest, cross train, or work on strength.
I am keeping this article for frequent reference; there’s quite a bit of information packed into a small piece. For the time being, it will serve as a substitute for his training book “Meb For Mortals”. If Keflezighi can qualify for the same Olympic endurance test as 30 year-old Galen Rupp, his advice is golden.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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