Track and field for Masters athletes

A grey-haired woman leads women in a race on an outdoor track.
Canadian Masters athlete Karla Del Grande, who was inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame in 2019, competes in the W65 category at the 2019 Outdoor Ontario Masters Athletics Championships. PHOTO: Doug “Shaggy” Smith

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This is the first in a series of articles that will cover all aspects of Masters athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events. Since it is a complex subject that can easily take up hundreds of pages in a book, I will limit the content of these articles and focus on one distance only: the 400-metre. While the 400m is considered a “sprint”, the vast majority of principles I will explore apply to most distances and sports in general.

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