30 May '17, 8pm

86-year-old "puzzled" by how fast he did 10K, defeats racers half his age in Oak Bay

86-year-old "puzzled" by how fast he did 10K, defeats racers half his age in Oak Bay

David Barlow is “puzzled” that he was able to improve his 10K time by two minutes within a one-month span. Perhaps it’s the 30-pound pack he’s been carrying in training. The 86-year-old Victoria resident, who is all the inspiration you need to get your daily training session in, completed the Oak Bay 10K on the weekend coming in ahead of more than 50 people, some less than half his age. The former civil engineer completed the 10K with his daughter Rosemary, an avid runner, in 1:15:22, an average pace of 7:33 per kilometre. He did the Times Colonist 10K, also with his daughter, in 1:17:24 at the end of April. article continues after advertisement “It was a real puzzle, how does one get that much faster?” he asks pondering what the explanation may be. Perhaps, he says, it was the early wake-up call, 5:30 a.m. to be exact, on race day that allowed his pre-race meal, porridge ...

Full article: http://runningmagazine.ca/david-barlow-2017-oak-bay-10k/

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