All I'm trying for now is small improvements.
Tuesday: managed three 800m repeats, rather than two. Then had an asthma attack.
Thursday: managed 8 hills, rather than 7.
Saturday: ran an Afton loop 5 minutes faster than previous time. Fell at 9 miles - really hard.
Sunday: one mile - very sore from yesterday's fall.
Big, good news
I've suffered moderate to severe depression my entire life. This summer, it was noted that my vitamin D levels were a bit low (as are everyone's in Minnesota), so I was put on megadoses.
6 weeks later, the depression lifted. Hasn't been a problem since! I'm a little at a loss, as I feel I've wasted decades when a cure costs $10 a year.
A new player
Out at Afton, I ran a bit with a guy that I met out there, a triathlete. I mentioned that I was training for the Afton 50K and hoping to beat a 52 year-old guy who's broken 11 hours in an Ironman. This guy said that he's 50 and trying to break 10 hours. And he's running Afton as well.
That's now 5 major players in the old guys division.