Old Runners Never Die - They Just Slow Down at a Faster and Faster Rate
After 50 years of running, going slower and slower at a faster and faster rate, certain truths have become evident. We do get slower as we age. We probably need more rest days. We still need to slow down at the longer distances. The competitive juices still flow in the elderly. We get points for showing up.
We get slower at a faster rate. After hours of applying math to the many age adjusted factors for runners which are available online, a simple rule of thumb emerged. The annual slowdown factor at any given age is proportional to the age. Divide your age by 60. That's the percent that you can expect to slow down in the next year. A 40 year old runner can expect to slow down 0.67% in the next year. A 60 year old runner will slow down 1.00 percent.