Got connected on this website with the story of Larry Macon, the 64 year old marathoner. According to the story (and the you tube video I watched) he ran 105 marathons last year, was up to 139 so far this year and on several occasions did 3 in one weekend. Since I am about his age (67) and feel fortunate ( with the various aches and pains I am dealing with) to get in my weekly 3-4 3mile runs (11 minute pace), I frankly find it hard to believe this story.
I would in no way want to take away from this man, and I imagine it could be true...but, is there any way to substantiate these claims?
Added to that is all the running talk by devotees who may not realize how annoying and boring their monologues can be. Dr. Baggish said his patients often bring in huge folders full of decades worth of data — heart rates on various runs, finishing times in races.
“They can talk about it until the cows come home,” he said.
So it might behoove runners to keep their running talk and braggadocio to their running friends. There may be something more than health concerns behind those cracks from friends and family about failing knees and backs and heart attacks among runners.
I think you are really making more of this than it really is. By his own admission the dude is doing about 13-14 min/miles, so some of those 'races' are probably like 15-16 min/mile. So he jogs/walks for 6 hours or so 2 or 3 times a week. And I suspect that is all he does, flies to another town, and repeats. In other words less than 80 miles a week at a pretty slow pace.
Yes, he is 67, but there are lots of guys that age or so training as many miles even faster. This guy gets noticed because he has a lot of money and a lot of free time and is obviously a bit egocentric. I remember Walt Stack used to do, everyday, a 5 mile bike ride, run 17 miles and then swim out to Alcatraz and back. And until he retired he got up at 2:30am to do this and then go do 8 hours as a hod-carrier.
Actually his marathon times range from a PR of 4:15 (sub 10:00 pace) to 5:45 (just under 13:00 pace) and he said in the interview I watched that his daily week day training was 4-5 miles...but I don't neccesarily disagree with your point.
I guess much of my doubt comes from my own experience as a same age (67) runner...with the aches and pains I'm dealing with I'm happy to get in my 12-15 miles a week at 11:00 pace. If I tried to do even a fraction of what he claims I'd be crippled.
lovetorun wrote: I guess much of my doubt comes from my own experience as a same age (67) runner...with the aches and pains I'm dealing with I'm happy to get in my 12-15 miles a week at 11:00 pace. If I tried to do even a fraction of what he claims I'd be crippled.
If it makes you feel any better you are probably far better off, healthwise, doing what you do than that guy's schedule. It is all just vanity, as Walt Stack noted about his own crazy training. And in the end rather pointless, but if it keeps this guy happy, whatever.
Old guys run fast. From mastersathletics.net And 11-minute miles will crush plenty of 30-year-olds. Good running.
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