Masters Running

THE ULTIMATE RESOURCE FOR MASTERS RUNNERS

Getting older doesn't mean you have to get slower or that you can't accomplish your goals. We'll show you how to Master your running as you get older.

Masters Runner Training Plan

We know there is very little information available for masters runners, and we are trying to change that. Through researching the latest studies and reporting the findings back to you, to interviewing some of the most inspiring and influential masters on the planet. 

We are continuously looking for new information to help you understand how you can stay healthy and make the most out of your training as a masters runner.

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MASTERS HEALTH & NUTRITION

Think Running is all You Need to Keep Your Heart Healthy? Sorry, it’s Not!

This article sorts through the most significant findings so far, and gives a list of heart healthy foods for masters runners to stay healthy, and limit risk of heart disease.

Is Your VO2 Max High Enough to Prevent Heart Disease?

Individuals with a higher VO2 Max are not only at a lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers, but by increasing your VO2 by a minimal amount, you can seriously reduce your future risk. 

Menopause and Running: This is What You Need to Know

Menopause can bring many uncomfortable side effects for female runners, but there is little research about it. This guide explains why exercise is just what you need to feel better.

Magnesium for Masters Runners: Does it Assist with Recovery?

There are so many foods we need to include in our diet, but what makes Magnesium so special? Interesting findings about why we all need more to run better and how it can improve our long term health in many ways.

The Female Masters Episode: How to Stay Injury Free

Female masters runners have few resources available when it comes to running. Bennett Cohen has some advice just for you; how to run your fastest times ever, and prevent injuries. Nice to see information for masters for a change!

How to Eat to Perform as a Masters Runner

Masters runners cannot get away with eating the same way as when we were younger. This article has some helpful, practical advice on how to eat healthy as a master to feel strong and stay fit as you age.

MASTERS TRAINING

Track Doesn’t Have to Be For Just Younger Runners. Read Our Masters Guide

If you have always wanted to try track racing, here is the lowdown on how to race track, and the basics you need to know come race day.

How to Accept Change & Progress as a Master

When your true PRs are behind you, racing motivation can drop. We show you how to reset the PR clock, try new distances, & find other ways to enjoy running.

How to Prepare for Running in the Heat as a Master

Running in the heat can be tough, but did you know as a masters runner you are at a disadvantage? These simple tips explain how to successfully run through the summer at every age.

Increase Your Hormones to Run Faster as a Master (and Stay Healthy)

Higher levels of testosterone and hGH result in faster running, but masters hormone levels drop as they age. This circuit will increase levels using the 4 variables to get the most effective workout to raise levels (and stay injury free!).

Stabilization and Strength for Master’s Runners

Master's runners need to make strength and stability a priority to stay healthy, we explain why, and share 6 of the best exercises to make sure you stay healthy.

How to Master Being a Masters Runner

Experienced runner Amanda Loudin gives some very helpful advice on how and why you need to adjust your approach training as you age, to become a master, in every sense of the word!

INSPIRATIONAL MASTERS RUNNERS

You Can Be Fit After 50!

Think you are "too old" to run? Wrong! This interview with Older, Faster, Stronger Author Margaret Webb shows how you can begin running at any age!

What can You do to Change the World?

Listen to this inspiring interview with Kathrine Switzer about that historic day at the Boston Marathon, and she talks about the importance of running and runners in creating freedom for people all over the world.

The Secret to 200 sub 3:00 Marathons

Ever wondered what life is like for a marathoner who has run 200 sub 3 hour marathons, and 76 sub 2:20 marathons? We interview this inspiring masters runner.

What Choices You Need to Make to Commit to Your Running Goals as a Master

Susan Loken is one inspirational masters runner! From a run-walk mother of 3 to a 4 time marathon masters champion, learn her tips & tricks to running fast!

How to Use Age Grade Calculators Effectively

Age grading calculators are common for masters runners striving for improvement, but are they reliable? We find out and explain how to use them correctly.

Leading the way for Masters Running

Masters Runner Kathy Martin has held every world record from the 800m to the 50k, and is continuing to change the rules when it comes to masters running.

RECENT MASTERS ARTICLES

December 31, 2017

How to Adjust Training as You Get Older

On today’s Extra Kick, Coach Dylan explains why our training and recovery needs change as we get older and how to adjust for healthy, longterm running. Listen iTunesListen Android Audio Transcript Coach Dylan: Hey Runner Connect fans. Welcome... 

October 9, 2017
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What Does It Mean To Become A Masters Athlete

The term masters has a bad connotation. I mean it sounds old. Especially for those “younger masters.” I remember racing the Masters Track and Field Championship at the ripe age of. Wait for it. Thirty. Yes, I was thirty years old and racing... 

November 28, 2016
Training was going so well and you could tell a big PR was around the corner, but life got too busy, and now your race is in jeopardy. These 5 ways to cope with life setbacks will make you sigh in relief and stay confident that everything will be okay!

5 Reasons to Be Okay With Missed Workouts

We all seem to get busier and busier as the years go by, and this time of year becomes the busiest of all, and finding time to exercise can be almost impossible. How to stay motivated to run during the holidays? Motivation may not be the issue, but finding... 

November 3, 2016

How to Nip Injury in the Bud Without Bringing Training to a Halt

You wouldn't be a runner without a healthy dose of obstinance, and that can be both good and bad. While it might get you through the last miles of a marathon or give you that second wind needed to nab an elusive PR, it can also cause you to ignore... 

October 17, 2016
How many of these are you guilty of falling for? Masters running is a little different to running in your younger years, but older runners do not have to change everything, and actually many of the training aspects are the same as before; what works for you! Before you change everything about your masters running training, take a read of this.

10 Things You Think Will Change as a Older Runner (But, Don’t)

Remember the days you used to practically spring out of bed? Soreness, tightness, ashiness. What was that anyway? Maybe when you had a really hard workout the day before, you might feel a bit sore….for a day or two! Getting older has many downsides,... 

August 8, 2016
Most people thought runners should stop once they got to a certain age, but now we know running over 40, 50, 60, and even 70 is good for us. Here is how to increase your speed as a older runner without ending up injured.

How to Avoid Injury and Increase Your Speed as a Masters Runner

Masters running did not always exist. There was no running advice for older runners, and running over 50 was considered rare. Many thought that running was harmful for middle-aged people. But slowly, more older runners training for races began to show... 

March 28, 2016
Great recovery hacks for every runner! Recovery is important for every runner, but it becomes critical for masters runners wanting to stay healthy and keep running, no matter how old you are.

6 Surprisingly Effective Ways To Improve Post Run Recovery

As runners, we spend an inordinate amount of time planning our training—where to fit in speedwork, how often, which races, and so on. If you’ve got lofty goals, that’s as it should be. But we also need to plan in recovery. For masters runners, this... 

February 8, 2016
I had a really hard time adjusting to running as a master at first. Especially when you know your PRs are behind you. These tips from Miss Zippy will change your perspective, and bring new life to your running.

9 New Ways to Stay Motivated as an Older Runner

The day comes for all of us, no matter how competitive or talented, when our times start to slow down. For some, it’s a day of dread. Years of hard work and PRs over and out? What now? I always assumed I’d fall into that category. A consummate competitor... 

December 21, 2015
I like that there are more of these articles out there now! Masters runners need different training to open runners. Helpful article explaining the 3 main ways we need to adjust our running to prevent injuries and race well as we age.

How to Succeed at Running as a Master

Masters runners are just like open runners. Except when they’re not. Before we dig into this article, let’s start by saying that everyone is an experiment of one. Your mileage may vary. Rules are made to be broken. You get the picture. But there are... 

November 16, 2015
Masters runners cannot get away with eating the same way as when we were younger. This article has some helpful, practical advice on how to eat healthy as a master to feel strong and stay fit as you age.

How to Eat to Perform as a Masters Runner

As all masters runners know and understand, things change as we age. We’ve already covered the need for more focused strength training, more recovery, and additional stability work. Now the question we need to address is whether or not masters runners... 

November 2, 2015
There are so many foods we need to include in our diet, but what makes Magnesium so special? Interesting findings about why we all need more to run better and how it can improve our long term health in many ways.

Will Magnesium Improve Recovery and Increase Strength?

Runners are always interested in one of two topics; injuries or how to get faster. If you are struggling with some kind of niggling pain, or even worse, you have been forced to take time off, you spend a lot of your day searching for answers on the internet. (Although... 

September 7, 2015
Is running good for our hearts or not? Research can't decide. This article sorts through the most significant findings so far, and gives a list of heart healthy foods for runners to stay healthy, and limit risk of heart disease no matter what the research finds in the future.

Think Running is all You Need to Keep Your Heart Healthy? Sorry, it’s Not!

There’s been a ton of attention in the news lately about long distance running and heart health, including our post looking at whether your VO2 max is high enough to prevent heart disease. As we stated in the post, there are still some limitations... 

August 24, 2015

Track Doesn’t Have to Be For Just Younger Runners. Read Our Masters Guide

On an anecdotal level, most masters runners tend to gravitate toward longer events—marathons and ultras seem to be a good fit for older runners who maybe don’t have as much “snap” in their legs as when they were younger. Sure, they might venture... 

June 8, 2015
Menopause can bring many uncomfortable side effects for female runners, but there is little research about why it happens, what to do, and what you need to be concerned with. This guide explains why exercise is just what you need to feel better.

Menopause and Running: This is What You Need to Know

There are some running related topics that come up over and over: What should I eat before I run? How do I get rid of a side stitch? What can I do about my shin splints? But there are other topics you wonder if you are even allowed to talk about them... 

June 1, 2015
Age grading calculators are common for masters runners striving for improvement, but are they reliable? We find out and explain how to use them correctly.

How to Use Age Grade Calculators Effectively

A few weeks ago we gave you some suggestions on how you can accept change and progress as a masters runner from our expert masters runner Amanda Loudin. One of the suggestions she made was to use age grading tables to keep your motivation levels high... 

May 25, 2015
A recent study found that individuals with a higher VO2 Max were not only at a lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers, but by increasing your VO2 by a minimal amount, you can seriously reduce your future risk. We show you how to find yours.

Is Your VO2 Max High Enough to Prevent Heart Disease?

As Runners we believe our sport is truly the best out there. We know how great our community is, how supportive we are of one another, and we understand how runners are able to make a 180 degree turn from “never running again” to signing up... 

May 18, 2015
Running in the heat can be tough, but did you know as a masters runner you are at a disadvantage? These simple tips explain how to successfully run through the summer at every age.

How to Prepare for Running in the Heat as a Master

We’re headed into the summer months. Those days when even running in the early morning brings a good dose of heat and humidity. It impacts our race times and sometimes even the quality of our daily runs. Runners Connect even looked into how sunscreen... 

April 20, 2015
When your true PRs are behind you, racing motivation can drop. We show you how to reset the PR clock, try new distances, & find other ways to enjoy running.

How to Accept Change & Progress as a Master

This has been the year for me that most runners dread: The year when it becomes apparent that most of my PRs are behind me. And strangely enough, I’m ok with that. I’m 49, which isn’t exactly washed up. It might even mean that I could pull... 

April 1, 2015
Ever wondered what life is like for a marathoner who has run 200 sub 3 hour marathons, and 76 sub 2:20 marathons? We interview this inspiring masters runner.

What is the Secret to a Sub 3:00 Marathon?- Doug Kurtis

Have you ever met someone whose excitement and passion is so infectious that you cannot help but be in awe of them? How about someone who you struggle to even wrap your head around their incredible accomplishments? We all know those storytellers who have... 

March 20, 2015
Experienced runner Amanda Loudin gives some very helpful advice on how and why you need to adjust your approach training as you age, to become a master, in every sense of the word!

How to Master Being a Masters Runner

Why do you race? This is a simple question that may have a very complicated answer. The reasons why individual runners race, can be as varied as the shoes on their feet! As much as we runners like to think that we’re invincible and that age... 

January 12, 2015
As you get older, your body changes, but by how much? We look at the research comparing older runners to younger runners to see how biomechanics change over time.

Running as you age. Is it all bad?

In the past, we wrote an article on how children can be compared to a spring in the way they run. By looking at the way children run, and then monitoring the changes as they grow, we hoped to find some useful insights into our own biomechanics. Today,... 

November 3, 2014

The Scientific Research on How to Prepare Yourself to Run Back-to-Back Marathons

For most people, training for a single marathon is enough. But a growing number of runners desire something more. They’ll run two in a weekend, or four in a month, or even four or five marathons on consecutive days. Other runners seek out several-day-long... 

October 6, 2014

3 Reasons a Gait Analysis at a Running Store May Not Help You Find the Right Shoe

Ask a group of runners what the reason for video gait analysis is and one of the most common answers will be “to help you choose the right running shoe.” It may be closely followed by ‘to have your running technique analyzed’ but even in those... 

July 8, 2013
We examine the research on why older runners are at a higher risk of calf injuries and steps they can take to prevent them from occurring

The Relationship Between Age and Calf Injuries

In our article about Common Running Injuries in Men, we found that particular injuries that are common among male runners—knee osteoarthritis, meniscus tears and calf strains—are also conspicuously more frequent as runners get older. Calf strains... 

March 14, 2012

How much does age affect running performance – is it all downhill after 40?

The last twelve months have not been kind for Haile Gebrselassie.  The 38-year-old Ethiopian, hailed by many as the greatest long-distance runner of all time, had to drop out of the Berlin marathon because of an asthma attack, saw two of his world records...