Runners in their 30s
Tomorrow I turn 30 years old. Some people fear this age, but I am super excited. In addition to the birthday festivities, I am looking forward to entering a new era. A new era in my life and of course, a new era in my running.
I’ve always heard that women runners peak in their 30s. I’m not sure where the science is to prove this, but I like the idea. It means I still have hope. In looking at the top 20 finishers in the London 2012 Marathon, 14 were over the age of 30. And Irina Mikitenko from Germany, who finished 14th, was 40 years old at the time. This makes me realize 10 years is a long time and A LOT can happen in 10 years.
If it is true – that women distance runners peak in their 30s – I have a few guesses as to why. First, your time is very limited. Every workout matters and if you need to get to a meeting on time, you better run a little faster. 🙂 Second, how many things have you experienced in your 30+ years of life? I’m thinking quite a few and therefore, you have a mental toughness that younger 20 something year olds don’t quite get. And perhaps the biggest reason, at least for me, is experience. I feel like if there were a checklist of all the missteps runners should take before they hang up their running shoes, I coud check off 90% of them. I’ve run a lot and I’ve learned a lot. Although they have been hard and not always fun lessons to learn, I’m thankful for every single one of them. It’s because of these lessons and these experiences that I will eventually be the runner I know I can be.
Here is to a new decade!
Happy Trails & Happy Running,