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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 is so inspiring - way to go KASHMIR!

    I've re-discovered running in the last year, having run all through middle and high school, then quitting because I was burnt out. But in getting back into it, I've found a love for it that was never there before - it's a simple method for fitness (just lace up and go!), it's a way to clear your head after a long day, it's a way to explore your neighborhood and beyond. There are just so many advantages.

    Congratulations on hitting 15 miles! - 4/28/2012 10:06:14 AM
  • PNCLARTST
    Such an inspiration! I am 45 and 50lbs over weight and have wanted to be able to run all my life. I have just started to "learn to run". I am already amazed at what I have done so far. Your post just proves to me that I can go all the way. Thank You! - 3/19/2012 2:19:06 PM
  • Way to go. That is a great accomplishment. I started running at 50 and ran my first 1/2 marathon this past Labor Day at 54. Didn't set any world speed records, but I finished!

    I think you will always be a runner! I know I will. - 3/4/2012 7:15:09 PM
  • Wow, good for you Keep the happy heart . I'm inspired - 2/25/2012 6:26:06 PM
  • TILLIEHASH
    Excellent article and I related very much to it. I started many years ago walking/jogging using telephone poles as my "markers". I would walk 6 poles and jog 1. Over time I would cut down on the walking and increase the jogging intervals until running became natural. Always listen to your body and ease off on "bad" sessions. Iam still going on regular outings and am 75 years young. Good luck to all Spark walkers, joggers, runners. - 2/25/2012 10:08:00 AM
  • Aging backwards, I love it!! - 2/25/2012 8:50:19 AM
  • This is just what I needed to hear! I'm almost 49 and my daughter ran in a Marathon and it was really motivating and inspiring. I've been thinking i need to walk more, maybe jog. This article was motivating. I'd really like to try like you did and see if I could get to this point. I need to lower my BMI. I'd love to see results like you. It has been a challenge for me the past many years. I know life could be better if I put more time into exercising! Thanks for your inspiration. - 1/28/2012 12:42:28 PM
  • I convinced myself over and over again that I couldn't run. I would try with no real method and felt horrible afterwards, body parts moving everywhere and it felt awkward. I decided to try again and printed out a beginners program. As KASHMIR suggests, start off slower than what you think you can do. The program also mentioned that. I haven't started yet because it's dark outside when I get home from work but since tomorrow is Sunday, I will be out there in the morning.

    Thanks for the motivation Robin! - 1/21/2012 7:08:59 PM
  • Thanks for giving me hope and congratulations on all you have achieved! : ) - 11/2/2011 10:35:27 PM
  • AWESOME WAY TO GO !!! Maybe there is hope for me yet - 10/17/2011 9:44:53 PM
  • On the first photo...you look like a tourist.
    On the second photo...you look like the guide that shows everyone around. :) - 9/23/2011 5:00:25 AM
  • PIXIESTIX6669
    Awesome! Gurl...congrats to you on your success...lol, it's almost as if u gave yourself a full body transplant! - 9/5/2011 7:32:12 PM
  • I am so amazed at your process and what an inspiration you are to me. I have started to slog (walk and jog). I thought I was too old to really start running but when I am doing it I love it. I am now excited to keep moving forward.

    Thanx for sharing your incredible journey - I needed to hear that. I am 56 and as I get healthier I feel younger than I ever felt.

    Purrrpy - 9/4/2011 4:46:28 PM
  • DONNASROOM11
    I am 52 years old and have aways admired runners! It is something I have tried to do mutiple times in my life but I can never stay motivated and have no stamina. I can walk long distances but want to RUN even if it is at a slow pace....HELP - 9/3/2011 4:30:00 PM
  • I HAVE WANTED TO RUN FOR SOME TIME (I AM 54 NOW), BUT BEING "WELL-ENDOWED" MAKES IT PAINFUL - ANY SUGGESTIONS? THE SPORT BRAS I HAVE TRIED DID NOT SEEM TO HELP. - 8/24/2011 12:59:54 PM

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