73-year-old Ed Whitlock completed 2007 Toronto full Marathon in –don’t read ahead–two hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds. That’s right, a sub-three-hour marathon at 73 years old. That was 12 minutes better than my personal best.
At 27 years if you challenge me to race against a 73 year old man, I would tell you with a smile, bring him on. But the story of Ed has changed my bias against old people. In an age in which youth is worshipped Ed proves you can be old in number but strong physically. The dude is as fit as an olympic athlete. According to wikipedia, he holds the world record for runners over 75 years.
So, what can you do to be as fit and fast when you get to 75?
According to an interview with running times magazine Ed trains daily, he does (8-9 minute mile pace) two-hour sessions. When he was “younger” he used to do fairly intense one-hour workouts. Remember, “young” means in his 40s. He was a runner during his teen but stopped when he started working. He began running again during his 40s, and in 1979, at 48, he finished Hanover, German Marathon in a time of 2:31:23.