At what age do runners reach the peak of their physical ability?

imageThere’s no doubt that age is an important factor in running fast.  A 25-year-old runner will generally run faster than a 65-year-old runner – even if both runners have the same training program. There is a reason why there is a separate masters division ain many races.

But at what age do runners the height of the potential ability? A recent study analyzed this very question. this study analyzed performances of runners from the ages of eighteen to seventy in the 2010 and 2011 New York City Marathons.

According to the results of the study, men reach the peak of their ability at age 27. Women reach the peak of their ability at age 29.

Of course, running can still be incredibly fulfilling if you are past these ages. However, if you are fifty years old, try not to get discouraged if a 30 year old beats you. Rather, compare yourself against runners in your own age bracket – or simply focus on beating your own best time.

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