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

A Half-Block Jog Gave KASHMIR the Confidence to Run


  • 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 look like a tourist.
    On the second look like the guide that shows everyone around. :) - 9/23/2011 5:00:25 AM
    Awesome! Gurl...congrats to you on your, 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
    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
  • 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

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