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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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  • 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. - 6/5/2013 9:30:30 AM
  • You look awesome. Keep the good work up. - 6/5/2013 7:42:27 AM
  • Very inspiring - 6/5/2013 7:21:55 AM
  • 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! - 3/28/2013 11:31:54 AM
  • 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. - 2/15/2013 5:31:55 PM
  • DJPG50
    Inspiring! - 2/15/2013 2:37:59 PM
  • I've never seen this before Robin. Great story! I registered for the PDX marathon half a few weeks ago, OMG! What did I get myself into? - 2/15/2013 9:48:47 AM
  • Love your story and thanks for sharing it. I didn't have as much success with starting to run at 40 (knee problems) but perhaps I'll try again - with a coach this time - once I heal. - 2/15/2013 9:44:15 AM
  • 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. ☺ - 2/15/2013 8:27:29 AM
  • MRSMAGOO1234
    Your story is fantastic.Ive been thinkingabout doing the jog/walking thing.I use to run short sprints 18 years ago and no one belived that this was how I controlled my weight, muscle tone and stress.Im inspired at 53 to give a try again.We have a bike path.Im not going to lose anything by not trying except time and that is prescious.Thank you for reminding me. - 12/9/2012 11:44:09 PM
  • You are so awesome! I'm very glad to have met you, and been able to know you through SparkPeople! :)

    Jocelyn - 12/9/2012 10:02:33 PM
  • Robin, when was this article written? I know you've completed at least one full marathon and lots of half marathons as well as multiple relays. You are so inspiring and I love having you as one of my running buddies! - 12/9/2012 9:48:22 PM
  • you know i start running about 4 mths. ago. I have been averaging about 3.5 miles to 8.5 a month. i really enjoy it - 12/9/2012 7:42:39 PM
  • Wow! That is great! You are inspiring. Our bodies are amazing and fearfully made. - 12/9/2012 4:37:32 PM
  • So inspiring! And Hawaii is one of my favorite places.
    - 12/9/2012 3:19:20 PM

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