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I recently ran a 10k = to my age in minutes. I turned 40 this year and with a lot of training, I finished two 10Ks at 40 minutes (40.07 and a 40.16) (although, I wanted to be 39 again, I am happy to have gotten this far to finish in 40 minutes).
I heard some say that running your age in a 10k is the equivalent of golfing your age for those older people.
To me this sounds like a great goal to have! I hope to continue running 10ks at or below my age in minutes.
Does anyone else have running your age in a 10k as a goal?
I didn't start running till the day after I turned 40 and didn't run my first 10k till 5 years later. After the 2nd year of racing, I was consistantly breaking my age. It was like bowling a 300 game. Unfortunately, I have not been able to shoot my age in golf. My goal now is to run a marathon when I'm 90, and let any other's in my age group go ahead of me as I will want to let them win their age group, as I will want to tell them, I'm coming back next year again, and I don't think you other guys will make it (Ha) This was a true story at the NYC Marathon several years ago when ABC was still televising it nationally, and they interviewed 3 men all over age 90, and wanted to know who was going to win their age group.
It looks like running your age in a 10k gets easier with age. I found an age-graded calculator that shows what your time is on an age-graded basis at
I might have to change my goal to try to maintain an age-graded time of 40minutes or less, to maintain that fountain of youth of being 39 years old again.
Cool, I didn't even know about this running a 10k in your age thing, but I got to checking my last 10k when I was 48 1/2 and sure enough my time was 48:36. I suspect it does get easier with age as long as you stay in shape, I think I could do at least that good now, a year later. I've cut my mileage a little, but that would be a good guage on how I'm doing, if I can do a 10K under my age I'm doing good.
Help! Is there a separate "index" for women? I'm 44, and definitely cannot run a 44 mile 10K. My club had a very hilly (and very cold) race this morning, and although I haven't seen my official results yet, my guess is that I was somewhere just shy of 49 minutes.
OK...so if it had been flat, I might have been closer to 47 or 48. I must say that, up until now, I've been happy with my results...but now you have me questioning my performance! Please tell me that this forumla includes some sort of adjustment for women runners!