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Hello just signed up this is my first post. I have recently returned to running after a 5 year absence. First time round i started up in 1993 aged 32 and did my first race over 5miles in 37mins and after 5 years training and racing managed pbs of 5M 27:33 10K 34:40 10M 57:10 HM 1:18:09. My peak was around 1998/1999 however i continued running until 2006 when my 10K time was around 37:00 and 5M 29:00. I took 5 years out to coach my youngest son at football and returned to running in 2011.After nearly 2 years training i am running 5K in low 19s and 10K in 40:20 ish. Has anyone on the forum been in a similar situation, after a lengthy absence? I am now 52 and wondering if the next 3 years will see further improvement as in the 5 year cycle above( by that i mean improving my current times not reaching my previous best ones) Is 5 years in running terms a significant period not only in terms of vet catagories? I have never been one for high milage and even at my best ran approx 40-45 a week. At present i am running approx 35 mpw . Anyone any thoughts on the 5 year improvement phase?