I've started running again and can get in literally a mile or two at a fast pace before asthma kicks in. Doing the math regarding my goals for the year and my training so far:
The first goal is to get on the board for the MN athlete of the year. The easiest standard there is a mile in 6:30 and I'm in 6:17 shape right now. The first mile race is in May.
The 5K in under 21:00 is much shakier. I'm in shape right now to run 21:51 +/- 0:17. Doesn't look too bad, until you see that that's 3 standard deviations, meaning 99.5% chance I can't break 21 now. I figure I'm more than 186 days from averaging what I need to to break 21, which puts me at September. That's a long time; a lot can happen by then.
A 5K in under 19 looks out of the question already.
The initial goal being to break 21 in the 5K, I'm trying to keep track of those my age in Minnesota who do it. There were 4 at the Valentine's Day TC 5K and I didn't know what 3 of them look like; I found photos online, but they were hard to track.
First, Jim Holovnia, who ran 18:34. He ran a 17:27 last year (and four times under 17:45). Here he is with his team; the photo has a bunch of guys in my age class to watch.
Front: Matt Waite. 2nd row: Jim Holovnia, Pat Billig, Scott Lindell. Back: Rob Class, Wm. Larranaga, Rob Economy. Lindell's the only one not age 55-59.
Eric Porte ran 20:30. Last year, at age 54, he ran a 19:07.
This really is about all you find in photos for him.
Craig Hagensick ran 20:32. Last year, his best was 20:30.
His Facebook profile pic. I have no idea how old it is, but I've met him and it looks maybe 2 years ago.
Patrick Wellik ran 20:51. His best last year was 20:58.
Work photo (optometrist). The only running photo is blurred.
If you want to do an age comparison, here I am in 2018:
People seem fascinated by what other people eat and, when I say what I eat, no one seems to believe me, so here's everything I ate yesterday. It's pretty typical for me; what's not typical is having every bit of food put in the same place with the same plates and bowls for comparison. If you check the time stamps, every calorie was within a few hours.
12 oz. black coffee, 1/2 gallon of water. I wake up thirsty. There was more water later, but I wanted to show this.
1/2 cup mixed berries, 3 apricots, 1/2 peach, 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
Okay, this is what it looked like when I started eating.
200 cal. whole-wheat pasta, 1 1/3 c. broccoli, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, 2 Tbsp. tomato paste, 1'4 tsp. each of parsley, thyme, mixed Italian herbs.
Steve says hi. Like in the last line of a letter (remember when people wrote letters?) between two people who both know him. Like that. Hi.
Oh, and I write about running. 35 years and nearly 600 races thus far.