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    Fauja Singh, the Harold Stassen of road racing

    Fauja Singh, the Harold Stassen of road racing

    Fauja Singh, the baddest 101-year-old vegetarian marathoner on the planet, has maybe possibly (but not really) retired from competitive racing.   Singh, who turns 102 on April 1, finished last weekend’s Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25-mile) race in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds—half a minute faster than he ran it last year...
    Fauja Singh: don’t want to look, can’t turn away

    Fauja Singh: don’t want to look, can’t turn away

    When you’re, say, 50, it’s easy to feel like you’re dull. Uninteresting. You can feel invisible. So when you find something that puts you in high relief, that gives you an identity—especially if you excel at it and it demonstrates what a complete badass you are—you’re going to hold on to it.   No. More...
    Can seniors run barefoot? (Redux.)

    Can seniors run barefoot? (Redux.)

    If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve learned to be skeptical. Maybe cynical. You may even have crafted a few homemade conspiracy theories that you’re reluctant to divulge because everyone knows what conspiracy theories mean. (They mean you’ve taken the first step on the meandering trail to someone’s-been-sneaking-into-my-apartment-and-moving-my-reading-glasses-and-car-keys.) You might even think that Nike’s huge advertising...
    How dangerous is distance running for old folks?

    How dangerous is distance running for old folks?

    Older runners who are in excellent shape, with years of marathons under their collective and not very long belts, can still be cut down in mid-stride by a cardiac arrest. That’s the lesson suggested by the autopsy of famed 58-year-old endurance runner Micah True (AKA Caballo Blanco), who reportedly died from an undiagnosed enlarged left...
    The Boston Marathon is thundering toward you

    The Boston Marathon is thundering toward you

    Patriot’s Day is coming on April 15, which means the granddaddy of marathons (well, American marathons) will be run in Boston, which means we’ll see a lot of stories about granddaddies who run marathons. Older marathoners are considered feature-bait, because they are thought to be unusual. Marathon-running preteens are also unusual but also possibly a...
    Can seniors run barefoot? Should they?

    Can seniors run barefoot? Should they?

              Running barefoot combines the joys of being naked (at least on your lowest extremities) and not paying for expensive footwear (although most of the major shoe companies have introduced poorly identified “five-finger” shoes, some of which cost $150 or more). And then there is this other joy: If you read...
    Doing well with less: older runners slower but just as efficient

    Doing well with less: older runners slower but just as efficient

            When olds are active…really active…they are a special class. They don’t perform like younger athletes. They don’t recuperate like younger athletes. And they shouldn’t train like younger athletes. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t similarities. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (and summarized in yesterday’s New...
    Put down the ginger curry and applaud Fauja Singh, 100-year-old marathoner

    Put down the ginger curry and applaud Fauja Singh, 100-year-old marathoner

            At age 100, British runner Fauja Singh completed Sunday’s Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:25:16, placing 3,850 out of 3,855. Which means first that he is a phenomenal athlete and second that five people had to slink home after the race and admit they were beat by someone who was born the...
    Exercise and weight loss: Do these running shorts make me look “skinny fat”?

    Exercise and weight loss: Do these running shorts make me look “skinny fat”?

                      Over the past month or so, the web has blessed us with a handful of articles on the limited effect that exercise—especially running—can have on weight loss.   Some of the arguments are simplistic (albeit accurate enough): people who work out a lot tend to eat...
    Olds just won’t stop running marathons

    Olds just won’t stop running marathons

                  If you were out pounding the pavement yesterday morning, you might have missed the New York Times story on the aging world of competitive running. Writer Tom Sims notes that 30 years ago, “the median age for a marathon runner was 34 for men and 31 for women....
    62-year-old has 400 marathons to go

    62-year-old has 400 marathons to go

                We’re not sure if we should be impressed or appalled by Japan’s Hajime Nishi. Maybe we’re both. We like the idea of setting ambitious goals, and Nishi is certainly unafraid of reaching beyond his grasp. He’s aiming to complete 1,000 different marathons in 250 countries, which would sound ludicrous...
    Sarah Palin places second again

    Sarah Palin places second again

                  At 47, Sarah Palin is a few years shy of fitting into this site’s target demographic. But still, credit is due the former Alaska governor for her performance last weekend in the “Jump Right in and Run” half-marathon hosted by Iowa’s Storm Lake Running Club. Running under her...