Shortly after my 49th birthday, I considered the times I would need to achieve to record an 80% AG at that time. Having completed my 50th year at the start of this month, and spurred on by a comment from runningest sister after last weekend’s Bromley parkrun, I have revised the times, again using the Running for Fitness calculator. The slightly easier targets, combined with several PB improvements since my original post, have moved the Holy Grail just a little closer. In some disciplines tantalisingly so …
|event||80% AG time (male, 50 yrs)||current PB||improvement required||pace improvement required per km|
|800m||2:25||2:26||0:01||1s 3:03 – 3:02|
|1500m||4:54||5:18||0:24||16s 3:32 – 3:16|
|1 mile||5:18||5:32||0:14||8s 3:26 – 3:18|
|5k||18:26||18:53||0:27||6s 3:47 – 3:41|
|5 mile||30:29||31:28||0:59||8s 3:55 – 3:47|
|10k||38:23||39:04||0:41||4s 3:54 – 3:50|
|10 mile||63:00||66:41||3:41||14s 4:09 – 3:55|
|half marathon||83:41||86:29||2:48||8s 4:06 – 3:58|
If, and that’s an important ‘if’, I can stay fit throughout my fiftieth year I hope to enter at least one event each of the disciplines above in a PB competitive state. The comments I made in my original post regarding how many of the disciplines I might achieve an 80% AG at still stand – essentially up to and including 5 miles at the most optimistic – so the addition of a marathon to the list is purely for interest. In any case I will approach these AG goals cautiously as I do not want to jeopardize my returning, and hopefully ongoing, fitness and hence my #50at50 challenge and in particular my first marathon and first ultramarathon within that.
All the same, it would be nice if I could record one.