not h.c. for nothing...sometime it'd be good to hear the hc life of running story. me, i smoked till i was 26 ( and other bad habits), never got into organized sports...always liked running though, and picking up speed as I move along (relatively)
Rudy: Basically I have been a runner forever. Long story, short, I ran my first race at 8 - an 8:50 mile. Ran in HS: 2:07, 4:39. Spent time in the service - a year in Nam. Ran at a Community College one year: 1:58, 4:29, 9:34 (2-mile), 9:48 (Steeple). Road raced for years with PRs coming in my late 30s: 14:54 (5K), 30:48 (10K), 50:59 (10 mile); 1:08:45 (1/2), 2:24:34 marathon. I ran well until 45 (2:33 marathon) then during the years of raising my sons (I was 43 & 46 when they were borne) I trained some but not consistent, plus had injuries. August of 2013, I retired and made my comeback. Probably 75,000 miles and a few hundred races. That is it is a nutshell.
Those PR's in your late 40's remind of Pete Magill, just a couple of years later and some might have been national masters records, I think...and help explain how you can make a 2 year comeback at retirement. Great running story - thanks!
Just take a couple of trips to the Cities with Harry and you'll hear ALL the stories, twice!
jk...I do my share of blathering as well.