How To Maintain Your Edge In
Masters Running Books
Masters runners may be aware of their declining strength and may wonder if there
is anything they can do to maintain their competitive edge. Fortunately for
these runners, age does not have to signify an overall decline in performance.
Runners in their 40s and beyond may have to modify their training to remain
competitive but they will likely find there are a number of ways they can help
themselves to maintain the competitive edge they held over their peers at an
earlier age. This article will provide some basic tips for masters runners who
want to make sure they are remaining competitive in their age group.
One of the important things a runner can do to maintain a competitive age later
in life is to never get out of shape in the first place. This tip is not useful
for runners in their 40s or later in life that are already out of shape and are
looking to regain their competitive edge. However, masters runners who are still
in shape at an advanced age can rest assured that they have already taken a
tremendous step towards helping themselves to remain as a competitive runner.
Additionally, younger runners who are researching masters runner at an early age
to ensure they are well prepared for running later in life can use this
information to motivate themselves to stay in shape.
Incorporating high intensity workouts into the training program on a regular
basis can also help masters runners to maintain a competitive edge later in
life. It is not necessary to perform high intensity training every day but
runners who do 1-2 high intensity workouts each week will likely find themselves
better prepared for races than their peers who do not do this type of high
intensity training. High intensity training such as interval training is so
important because it is this type of training which really helps the runner to
improve by challenging the body. For example doing sprints engages the fast
twitch muscle fibers which are necessary for speed. Therefore, doing these types
of workouts followed by adequate rest periods, which allow the body to recover
properly from these workouts, will help the runner to maintain a competitive
Another way masters runners can maintain their competitive edge is by competing
on a regular basis. There is no shortage of races available for runners of all
levels which can help to keep an older runner racing regularly. Training for and
participating in these events will keep the runner motivated to improve because
he is training for a specific purpose. Additionally, runners learn a great deal
from competition. By running in races on a regular basis the runner will learn a
great deal about himself as well as about race strategy. This information can
all be used to help the runner improve.
Masters runners are also advised to make strength training a part of their
training regimen to help them remain competitive among their peers. Studies
indicate runners begin to lose strength as they age. This is a result of the
normal aging process where both muscle and bone become depleted. However,
regular strength training can help to delay both muscle and bone loss making
runners who strength train stronger than their peers who do not incorporate
strength training into their workouts. Both hill running and speed can be
enhanced by strengthening muscles.