I heard a statistic today that really made me think.
Runners typically age at a rate of 0.5% per year. Compare that to non runner who typically age at a rate of 2% per year. Since it is my birthday, I wondered how ‘old’ I really am. For the first 31 years of my life, I was basically a non runner. There were bursts of activity through high school….basketball and track, but that was about it. In the past year, I would consider myself a runner. (I even get offended if someone refers to what I do as ‘jogging.’)
So, if I aged at a rate of 2% each year for 31 years (with maybe a slight downward adjustment for high school athletics), and for the last year I have aged 0.5%, I have two questions.
1) How ‘old’ am I?
2) How long will I need to be a runner to counteract 31 years of non running?
This is more algebra that I am qualified to tackle. But I know that someone out there is smart enough to figure this out. I know enough math teachers!