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

A Half-Block Jog Gave KASHMIR the Confidence to Run


  • In Covert Bailey's PBS-TV series "FIT OR FAT" he explained "Wind Sprints" which are walking a minute, then running as fast as you can for 10 seconds, and then walking a minute, etc. He set up the complete program in his book so a person increases their energy levels and can better run over time.
    I think most people try running to much and have no idea how to train. - 7/28/2011 11:44:54 PM
    I learned to run with markers, too--I used telephone poles. Ran from 1st pole to 2nd, walked from 2nd pole to 3rd; ran from 3rd to 4th, etc. Before long I could run two poles at a time; soon, I was just running. It's great for motivation; you can see and count the poles, and try to beat your record each time you go out. - 7/25/2011 2:57:38 PM
    Congrats to KASHMIR. I think its great she and that people can do this. But not all people can run. I ran when I was younger but as I got older (late 30s) the pain and swelling in my knees made it too painful. I can participate in a variety of low impact activities but need to wear a compression knee bandage for anything with more impact than walking. I'll be 63 in a couple of weeks and am at goal--48 sounds young to me. LOL. - 7/20/2011 8:48:34 AM
    I'm also starting to run after finding my walks are longer and longer. I'm 54 and starting out slow, but would like to work my way to 15 miles like you did. You look marvelous!!Keep up the good work!! - 7/20/2011 7:52:35 AM
  • Robin, you rock! - 7/20/2011 2:32:57 AM
  • You go girl! I am printing this article to keep it on my wall. I have a goal of running in a 5K in a few months so I am also starting out! Thank you for this article! I've shared it with other newbies runners! Keep going! :D - 7/20/2011 12:15:22 AM
    I also love to run. I am 44 and started running 18 month ago. I just started walking, aded speed and time every week, and at some time my body asked for a little run, I just gave it. You could add a little bit more running each week, start walking 10 min, than run 4-5 min, walk-run as you can. Add running time each week, until you run 15-20 min. slowly, if you need to stop, just walk and keep walking. In a couple of months you will be running up to 20-30 min. and walking will just be your 10 min. starting and ending. - 7/19/2011 8:48:02 PM
  • I have been telling you this for years ... YOU are my hero! My inspiration. - 7/19/2011 8:12:34 PM
    Thanks for sharing. I can relate to many of the things you said. I'm the same age as when you started running and I just started running and have had many of the same thoughts. I'm waiting for someone to call my bluff, that I'm not really a runner. But my time keeps getting better and I'm still doing it. So maybe I am a runner! - 7/19/2011 7:33:31 PM
  • Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story. I have always wished I could run and now because of you I will start. You look awesome!!! - 7/19/2011 4:57:41 PM
    I'm so inspired by your story. I am 47 and a beginner at running. I'm lovin' it. - 7/19/2011 1:02:21 PM
  • GIAB1963
    Very inspiring! I've often thought about running but I haven't because I felt that people would make fun of a fat person trying to run. We have a trail near my house but so many people walk and bike it. Any suggestions? - 7/19/2011 12:09:25 PM
    So glad you shared this! I am 49 and took my first 1 mile jog/walk yesterday that was mostly WALK. :) Thank you for your encouragement, you look wonderful and that smile of yours is my "I can do it!!!" - 7/19/2011 8:52:00 AM
  • Great job! You look terrific - and are very motivational. Keep up the great work - and thanks for the inspiration and advice! - 7/19/2011 8:07:10 AM
  • Your story is so inspiring - and also a good lesson that 'age' is a state of mind. Your advice to take it step by step and build up endurance makes sense - thanks for sharing

    - 7/19/2011 5:33:47 AM

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