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''I Can Finally Call Myself a Runner''

My First Mile Wasn't as Bad as I Expected


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  • What an inspiring story. I need to get some faith to think I can run a marathon but want to do while I can as knees go out later. I hope to get where you are and run my first marathon someday soon. I was always an athlete when younger but after 40 it's hard to get that thing off the couch after a long day of work. - 9/4/2012 9:28:56 PM
  • It's nice that you were in such great shape that you could just start running without any kind of work up into it.
    I used to run, those days are over. Two knee replacements, no running. But some brisk walking, a little easy jogging is good for those who can't run or don't want to.
    So run on runners, just watch those knees. They take a pounding and sometime in the future they might give out. - 8/3/2012 8:13:02 PM
    I was a runner when I was in school; but now I won't see that again. Well, maybe with somebody pushing my wheelchair. I can't push it. - 8/3/2012 11:00:10 AM
  • GREAT article and I feel like you've written MY story!! - 8/2/2012 6:46:06 AM
  • Awesome article! I am also a new runner. Completed multiple 5K runs my first year and shortly after first year completed a half marathon. currently training to run a full marathon this December. Good luck!!! - 5/3/2012 11:40:42 AM
  • J21883
    Great story! I used to always hate running, about 6the months ago i thought id give it a try since i was getting bored with the gym machines. I am addicted, just finished my fist 5k 2at weekends ago and came in 3rd in my age group. Cannot wait for the mud run i signed up for in July! - 4/17/2012 10:14:46 AM
  • I've never been a runner and will never BE a runner. With a replaced right knee, I can't even jump rope. Impacting exercises and those that require kneeling are simply not for me. I'll take a brisk walk any day! - 4/13/2012 12:27:00 PM
  • Great story! Don't be surprised if you do find yourself training for a half marathon. My experience was much the same. Last fall I tried the SP Rookie Running Program after a thirty+ year hiatus from running. During the Christmas holidays I had that "Hey, I'm a runner!" moment when I ran for a mile and a half without stopping and without feeling uncomfortable. I completed my first chip timed 5K and have run several half marathon distances since then I am registered for the Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon, which will be held May sixth. I am really looking forward to it. - 4/12/2012 8:48:33 AM
  • This was so much fun to read. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us aspiring runners. - 4/2/2012 3:35:15 PM
  • Not all of us can be runners. At the age of 76, I thought I was doing well getting in a lot of walking and water aerobics.
    This article makes walking sound as though it is not important, yet I have read of many who have lost a lot of weight and attribute their success to WALKING!!! - 3/6/2012 9:43:16 PM
  • I really didn't like this article. Its discouraging to people actually trying to learn to run/jog. The writer makes it seem like anyone can go from moderate amount of exercise to running a mile straight the first time out the gate. Don't buy it. Running can be fun but it definitely takes pacing yourself, decent shape, and proper breathing. - 3/5/2012 3:00:11 PM
  • This was extremely inspiring. I too am thinking about running. Walking briskly isn't quite cutting it for me and I admit I am a little scared to really run. I know I can run for short periods now but I definitely should push myself to see how much longer I can run! - 3/3/2012 12:29:22 PM
  • OK, this was inspiring. It's all in my head. I just have to do it... slow and steady! - 11/29/2011 10:53:28 AM
  • LOVE this article! - 10/26/2011 12:13:35 PM
    Running is great and it makes me happy and healthy. - 7/19/2011 6:45:09 AM

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