Well I just had a look at the California International Marathon Results. This is one of my favorite races. It is a a course with lots of rolling hills from about mile 6 to 16 and has an overall downward elevation. It is not an easy course as most people would think. Anyway, I started to look at the results and my eyes began to widen as I saw that 9 out of the 30 top women were over 40. All of these women went under 3 hours and 5 of them went under 2 hours and 50 minutes. Crazy!
For a 46 year old woman a time of 3 hours is equal to 2 hours and 41 minutes when age-graded. It continues to amaze me as to how many women are running well over the age of 40.
BTW, there was one male in the top 30 that was over 40 years of age. He ran 2:29 which is amazing as well.