I thank you so much for this article! I'm 45 and have recently (last 6 months) began walking. I was intimidated to walk due to the out of breath issues and pain in my legs/knees. I went from under 200 steps per day to hitting 7500 pretty regularly.
I used to love running/racing as a child, but haven't been able to do so since about age 12.
I, too, dream of running marathons or on my treadmill. Your story has inspired me that it is achievable. So again thanks!
I will be 48 in July and i also started running this year... so far my best 5k is 31:21 and I have several more planned for this summer and want to get my time under 30.... Next summer will be 10ks abd my big goal is to do a half marathon before I turn 50 in July 2015.
This story is extremely inspiring to me! I am going to be 48 in May, and even though I weigh 280lbs, I really want to start running. I have a friend who is encouraging me to run even though I fear I'm too big. I'm going to start really slow, and hopefully one day I will be able to participate in runs like Robin! Thanks so much for sharing!
I wish Spark People would allow us to update these articles after time has passed. Since this was written, I ran the Portland marathon, have completed 13 half marathons (maybe more, I can't remember!) and numberous other races. I've also discovered that trail running may well be my favorite form of exercise! I am now 53, and have run races from Northern Washington state to Southern California and Nevada. I've been a member of a Hood to Coast team, and will be running Ragnar Southern California relay race in April this year. I am currenlty nursing a broken arm (yes, I fell while running, these things do happen) but am still planning on run/walking the Vancouver USA marathon in June of 2013.
I just started to become a runner at 69 and now 70 years old, I have also gone very slow but I am improving. When I started a year and half ago. I was 122 pounds over weight and could hardly walk the 100 yards to my mail box and back. After a lot of walking and stretching my distance I have now lost over 100 pounds and can slowly jog about 4 tenths of a mile and my goal is to do one mile before setting any other goals. I am going do my first ever formal walk/run 5K event a week from this Sat. on 2/23/2013. There is also a one mile fun run before that I will also try even though I may not be able to jog the whole distance yet, I am going to give it a try. ☺
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