More marathon finishers over 60

POSTED: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- Think your days of getting into shape are over or you just can't keep up anymore?

Think again.

According to a new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, when it comes to oxygen use in runners from teens to late 70s, those 60 and above were just as physically capable as those in their 20s and 30s.

The downside is, the older you are, the more prone to injuries you become.

"Age is only a factor in the way that you train. The largest number of injuries for runners is due to over-training," Todd Millard, On the Run - Waco store manager said.

The study also says those 60 and older are now the largest growing group participating in marathons, while those 40 and below are becoming less likely to finish the runs.

So if running is on your new year's resolution list, here are a few mistakes to avoid:

"Too much too soon is generally the biggest problem. The other thing is, running too fast. You know, take it easy from the start, let your body acclimate to its new surroundings of being physically active again," Millard said.

Having trouble finding motivation? Find an accountability partner or group to keep you motivated.

"One of the biggest pieces of advice i could give to someone who wants to start it up again is find a group, get involved in a group."

And get to hitting that pavement.

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