There are many seasoned runners over 40, 50 and even eighty-who run, and also many who compete on a regular basis. But unless you’ve been running all of your life-aging stereotypes aside-you should start out slowly and carefully, irregardless of age. But if you are past 40, and haven’t been doing your ‘urban warrior’ running bit for many years, because you were working hard and raising kids and developed a bit of a spare tire-you should proceed cautiously. With muscles perhaps a little less developed, and the runner a little more softer, injuries can be more common than some kid who may have just started running.
Even if you have been running for many years, injuries can dawg you. Micro-injuries can form in muscles over time, especially with athletes who have been running all of their lives, and now are over forty. Training tips for seasoned runners can include running shorter distances than their usual, years-past regimen. Doing fewer competitions is one of the keys to sparing the now more aged athlete from injuries, which can now take much longer to heal, as youthful substances like human growth hormone (HGH) start to recede more dramatically from the glandular components of the human body.
Using natural anti-inflammatory substances like curcumin on an onging basis helps all runners, irregardless of age, maintain their peak performance for longer periods of time. If runners become injured, this wonderful East Indian spice-with so many health benefits attached to it-heal the injuries much quicker. This author and running-experiencer used it in his thirties for a horrendous injury brought on by tripping over a piece of industrial garbage discarded in my running pathway. As I flew several feet through the air, invariably smashing against the concrete, I initially thought nothing of it. As my muscles and tendons already stressed and strained from my training later became badly injured-as the injury became progressively worse over the ensuing days-I ended up not being able to walk at all without great pain. Later I stumbled onto curcumin, which eventually recovered my leg, and enabled me to return to my running.
My age was just slightly past forty at the time, which contributed to the severity of the injury at the time. Muscles start to lose flexibilty and injuries over the years start to leave more scar tissue, further weakening and compromising the integrity of the muscle. But the injury could have been far worse with me had it not been for years of strength training my legs through weight training. Past forty, and all age groups inbetween, cannot solely rely on running. Legs need strength training and conditioning to maintain the integrity of the muscles and tendons over the ages.
Hand-in-hand with that goes proper stretching before and after running and weight training. Without it, injuries become far more common, and can be more worse and debilitating for the past forty runner. In some cases, for the elite runner and the beginner-it has forced them into retirement. But always remember, forty is the new thirty. There are many elite runners in that age group running circles around younger runners. But they got there, not out of a sense of bravado, but out of a methodical exercise regimen that anticipated changes in their body, in which they compensated with practical, down-to-earth methods. Some methods of which I have outlined here.