At the Frankfurt Marathon in October 2019, Irishman Tommy Hughes set an excellent age group record of 2:27 for the marathon, at 59. (Not that I am one to talk, the fastest marathon I every ran was 4:13 when I was 40).
Tommy was an elite marathoner in his younger days as well, representing Ireland in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He then took a long hiatus from running, which he did not take up again until he was 48.
When this worth is outlined on a curve it is a bit above the average for elite professional athletes his age:
Louis, J, BonTemps, B, and Lepers, R, “Analysis of the world record time for combined daddy and son marathon”, Journal of Applied Physiology, 2020. Valenzuela, P, et al, “Lifelong Endurance Exercise as a Countermeasure Against Age-Related V˙O2maxV˙O2max Decline: Physiological Overview and Insights from Masters Athletes”. Sports Medicine, 2019
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What was impressive was not simply Tommys maximum oxygen upgrade, but how high a percentage of it he can sustain. Usually we are informed we can run for a few minutes at this level, however he ran for close to 2 1/2 hours at 91% of his maximum oxygen upgrade.
Remaining fit keeps is healthy. We currently knew that but this is additional confirmation. Im sure my worth would appear closer to the black strong line for mere mortals (I d enjoy to get it tested however never have), but Im still motivated to try to ward off the decline with age.
The short article in sports Medicine  where the V02Max chart appears has a declaration which should influence us to keep fit: “Maximum oxygen intake (V˙O2max) is not just an indication of endurance efficiency, however likewise a strong predictor of heart disease and mortality. This physiological specification is known to decrease with aging. In turn, workout might attenuate the rate of aging-related decrease in V˙O2max” 
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At the Frankfurt Marathon in October 2019, Irishman Tommy Hughes set an impressive age group record of 2:27 for the marathon, at 59. (Not that I am one to talk, the fastest marathon I every ran was 4:13 when I was 40).
I am a Mechanical Engineer born in 1953, Ph. D, Stanford, 1980. I also have a long-lasting interest in outdoor activities and fitness.
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When this worth is plotted on a curve it is a bit above the average for elite athletes his age:
Im sure my worth would reveal up closer to the black solid line for simple mortals (I d love to get it tested however never have), however Im still encouraged to attempt to stave off the decline with age.
Louis, J, BonTemps, B, and Lepers, R, “Analysis of the world record time for combined daddy and boy marathon”, Journal of Applied Physiology, 2020.