Older, Faster, Stronger

Older, Faster, Stronger

What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer

Book - 2014
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"One part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women's running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows ho endurance training can stall aging. She then tests herself against the world's best older runners at the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy. Millions of women have taken up running in recent decades--the first generation of women to train in great numbers. Women are qualifying for the Olympic marathon in their 50s, running 100-mile ultra marathons in their 60s, completing Ironmans in their 80s, competing for world masters records in their 90s. What are the secrets of these ageless wonders? How do they get stronger and faster long after their "athletic prime"? Is there an evolutionary reason women can maintain endurance into advanced years? Webb immerses herself in these questions as she trains to see just how fast she can get after 50"--
Publisher: Emmaus, Pennsylvania :, Rodale Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781623361693
Branch Call Number: 796.42082 WEB NVD
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 23 cm

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stinkpot
Sep 08, 2016

Chalk full of technical results from medical studies. Very inspiring, though, if you want to keep pushing yourself!

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bobgrant
Dec 16, 2014

Turns out, there's not much to extrapolate. Yes, exercise can make your old age much better, and even strenuous exercise is not out of the question, even for the very old. I don't think anyone will be shocked by that info. It is harder to tell, though, from Webb's book, how much exercise may be enough and how likely the average person is to be able to achieve it. Webb herself is clearly very competitive and fairly obsessed with her weight as opposed to her fitness. She doesn't talk enough about exercising safely and most of her examples are women who were athletes of some stripe as young women and are going back to that life. I applaud them but I know many more people who were not athletes than who were. I found this book very frustrating as someone who was not an athlete but who works out hard but doesn't run. (PS; Webb clearly is not overweight - or at least not the way most people mean it. And she is very derisive of people who carry "Lard" as she puts it. She is so worried about this that she is horrified to find, through an advanced body scan, that she carries more fat than an 85 year old runner she knows. Without this scan, she would have never known this but she resolves to train it out of herself, as if she had committed a crime. Body composition is not a subject that I would trust her advice on.)

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