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''How I Became a Runner at Age 48''

A Half-Block Jog Gave KASHMIR the Confidence to Run


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  • Great inspirational - informational article!!!! Keep it up!!!
  • I see this is an old article, there are comments from 2011 and an update from the author in 2013. Now that it is being featured, there will be lots more comments. I hope the author will give another update.

    I also began running late, in my late 40s and am now 58 and love it, started very slow, one year of 30 minute interval runs three times a week before I started running more. I have run half marathons, now run mostly 5 and 10 k runs.
  • I became a runner at 16 63. I love it. I love the high get and am a half marathon runner. I had to stop running in October due to surgery and have been given the go ahead to return to it January 1st,. I will have to go back to the beginning but that only makes it more exciting when you are just starting out. As one gets stronger and has more endurance, the high you get is insurmountably.
    I am looking forward to my next half Marathon race in June.
  • I started the NHS Couch to 5k a couple of years ago, got to week 7 and then seemed to hit a wall and stopped. I started again this summer, doing each week twice. I get pain in my bum bones, but even lazy me is starting to look forward to it rather than dread it. Hopefully I can keep going this time. I'm 54
  • There was no mention in this article on how someone should go to their doctor to see if they "should" develop a running program. I was told by both a Sports Medicine doctor as well as my a physical therapist NOT to run or do any high impact aerobics. They indicated I had some structural issues where my body had little or no "shock absorbers" (their words) and I could do damage to my body.
  • How nice to read the similar stories here in the comments. There are a lot of us here.
    My first run lasted 30 seconds. That was nearly 30 years ago. I'll be 69 in June.
  • 52 years old and I started running last year. I LOVE trail running!
  • I started a walk to run program with my local running store at the age of 51. I tried to run before, but never got the hang of it. After Running 101 (5k training), I took Running 201 (10k training, and now I train with a group from the store for half marathons and have a few running buddies. The store does a lot of events and group runs. Running was a big part of my 50+ lb weight loss.
  • Your story is almost mine. I am 53 and started running last year. Keep on going!!
  • Like you I started running in my 40's. Always hated every step but the only reason I hung in there was because I knew it was healthy and my husband and son were runners. One day last year while prepping for our local Turkey trot, I noticed I did not dread every step. I started to wonder how far I could go and now am training for my first half marathon at 50!. Your story is an inspiration to me, thank you!
  • Awesome Article! Yeeaahhh!!!

    I have been walk/Jogging for almost a year & I am 52. Was never into sports, drank a lot with friends, no energy. Tired to stay healthy. Now since 50, I have now done a bunch of 5Ks, joined our gym by the house, we walk the Chambers Bay Golf course & get out as much as we can (it rains here a lot here but now carry umbrella even).

    Hope to be a runner soon though.
  • Very inspirational! I love to run too, but somehow have convinced myself that since I've put a lot of weight back on over the past couple years, and I'm turning 45, that may not be in the cards for me anymore. Well, thanks for the kick in the butt for me!
  • Yeah Robin! I've had the opportunity to run a race or two with you in the past and am glad you have kept it up. You rock! Kept up the good work.
    This is a great story and inspiring for anyone who thought they could not run or be a runner. The advice is right on. It is truly amazing what your body can do. At 40 I am running faster and stronger than I ever did in my 20s and I feel wonderful. I cheer on anyone who is running, no matter how far or how fast-- keep at it, your body and mind will thank you.
  • Almost forgot! Love this story and am in awe of folks who start running at a later age! The advice in the article is great for any runner! I Especially like the "Build your endurance" by running slow advice. This helps even if you have taken a short break from running or are in-between running seasons. Thanks for an inspiring story!

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