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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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  • 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.
  • DJPG50
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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. ☺
  • 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.
  • You are so awesome! I'm very glad to have met you, and been able to know you through SparkPeople! :)

  • 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!
  • 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
  • Wow! That is great! You are inspiring. Our bodies are amazing and fearfully made.
  • So inspiring! And Hawaii is one of my favorite places.
  • BETH_46
    Very inspiring! I noticed you mentioned a running coach. Did you start with a coach, or did you do this on your own for a while and then hire a coach?
  • OMG!!! Your story is sooo similar to mine. At 49, I started running about six months ago and I LOVE it!!! I too have seen a change in my body in just the short time I've been running too. Love the part about looking younger too.

    Just went to an Xmas party the other night and saw a bunch of people I hadn't seen since the last Xmas party (it was hubby's work party). I've lost 60lbs since then and so many people told me that I looked 10yrs younger.

    Keep up the good work!!! You're truly an inspiration. :)
  • Thanks for sharing your story. I need to read things like this!!! I've been walking for a long time and really enjoy it, but I've been wanting to try jogging. I know I'm not in the best shape to start running, but I want to try. There is a 5k coming up in my town in January and I really want to sign up, but I'm afraid that I'll be embarassed because I know I'll have to walk part of it and probably come in last. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration.

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