Hope for us late runners
These are the top 100 mile times in 2012. As you can see, it's getting pretty crazy. #2 Arnstein is a 2:28 marathoner I believe. Jim Sweeney has a 2:40 marathon in 2012. Oswaldo Lopez has done a 1:15 half marathon. Jay Smithberger has a 3:23 trail 50k PR, which equates to a 2:47 trail marathon. Which probably means he's capable of 2:30 on the road. Scott Jurek also has a 2:38 marathon PR.
The important thing is that the average age of the top 19 is 37.2 years old! This means, that for people like me who did not start running until college, we have plenty of time to catch up! I'm not planning on peaking for another 10 years! And, it takes much much longer to reach your peak than it does to loose it. So it takes me 10 years of dedicated training to peak but it's going to take me decades to get back to where I am right now.
Good things ahead :)