How to keep running into your 80s
What we're here to tell you, however, is that you don’t need to let age get in the way of your running dreams. In fact, you could be running the best stats of your life well into your senior years.
Take John Shaw, for example, who, at 63 years of age, and with a long-standing calf injury, recently broke a world record that had stood for 20 years, and went on to achieve a single age world record at the recent Gold Coast Airport Marathon, completing the course in an incredible 2 hours 45 minutes. That’s right: two world running records under his belt already this year – and he’s in his mid 60s.
John, like hundreds of other runners around the world, had invested in a Bionic Runner, which not only allowed him to train harder and run faster, but also allowed him to maintain his running fitness through injury.
"I was searching for a cross-training tool to complement my running," says John. "I am a huge fan of Meb Keflezighi and knew he cross trained with an ElliptiGO – I was researching this when I stumbled upon the Bionic Runner"
The Bionic Runner – which, unlike an elliptical trainer, mimics the natural gait and timing of running – was successfully launched via Kickstarter in December 2014. Since then, runners in 34 countries around the world have purchased the Bionic Runner, and are reaping the benefits.
"Every bit as tough as running, yet without the risk of injury, in the last 12 months we have seen how the Bionic Runner is already changing the way athletes and amateur runners think about their training," says Steve Cranitch, founder of Run4.
Thanks to its non-impact closed kinetic chain, with the Bionic Runner, you can eliminate the risk of injury from impact fatigue and joint over extension – the two most common causes of joint, tendon and muscle-related strain injuries.
"This means you can push yourself harder in training than you normally would running – increasing fitness, strength and endurance so that, on race day, you’re not only fit, but faster," adds Steve.
Like John, Nicole Weijling-Dissel came to running later in life, taking it up in her early 40s, initially in order to lose weight. Fast forward six years and Dutch-based Nicole has broken national Masters records in the 800m, 100m, 1500m and 200m events, and claimed Gold at the World Championships in 2015 in the 800m and 1500m. Also like John, Nicole complements her running training with sessions on the Bionic Runner.
"I use the Bionic Runner now foremost to strengthen my core, and because I really enjoy running on it," says Nicole. "It’s a fantastic way to improve my condition – physically and mentally."
For passionate and devoted runners in their senior years, there’s no doubt the Bionic Runner is proving their ticket to an enduring – and successful – running career.