I was narrowly beaten by a guy in a recent 10k who was built like a brick outhouse and who mainly lifts weights, apparently. Some people, whatever their height and current size, are just natural runners (mind you he was 20 years younger than me too). I hate to think what times he could post if he lost a bit of his upper body bulk. I might be relatively light, but I'm actually a bit too short and broad to be a really great runner or cyclist - except when it comes to going uphill. I also need to lose a few pounds (again) after my two weeks out...
I have to say I was surprised the improvements I have made at my age by: first of all, running regularly and doing competitive events; secondly, losing weight; and finally, training with a club on the track. Three years ago, I was a 22 minute 5k runner... even before I went to Japan I would have really struggled to break 20. Now, I can realistically see myself going under 18 minutes next year.
Actually, these are my goals for next year:
At this stage, I'll be happy if I ever do just one Marathon slowly (under 3:30:00 will do me, but if I ever do another one, I would want to get as near to 3:00:00 as possible)
Edited by FlyingMonkey - 8/3/14 at 1:39pm