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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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  • Thanks so much for sharing your story. it truly is inspiring. I love that you took it little by little. I have never been a runner, but I know I can do it one step at a time. Thanks for the inspiration.
  • Robin, it's a such a pleasure to be your friend. I have always wanted to be a runner but like you I figure if I couldn't run at 14 what makes me think I can run at almost 40. Your article inspired me to keep trying though!
  • Robin - WOW! You are so inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

    Hugs, Lizzie
  • Great work. Very inspirational. Hoping to be able to write my own "How I became a runner at age 54" some day.
  • I'm 51 and just completed my first marathon in Philly on 11/18/12. My story is similar. 2 years ago I couldn't run 1/2 mile. in the past year i went from running 5k races to compling a marathon. My message: If I can do it YOU CAN DO IT. Please friend me and I can help encourage you.
    Thank you for sharing your story. This is so inspiring! I will be 51 next month and am more that 100lbs overweight. Every time I see someone running, I say to myself that I wish I could do that. Lately, I have been seriously considering starting a "walk to run" program. I know that I will have to start slow. Very slow. I need to just stop considering and start doing. Thanks again for the inspiration.
  • I am so very proud of you, my friend! Thanks for sharing more of your story with us! Congrats to you on all you have accomplished, and hey aging backwards is definitely a bonus!!!
  • My story is very similar to this gals. I started running at age 45 for very similar reasons. My main inspiration was a similar story about someone who was in their 40s who started running. I find it so inspiring and motivating to keep try and going. I am now 48 so this gives me motivation to keep getting out there and hitting the pavement even though it may be difficult at times. Way to go!
    Ah! My beautiful friend Robin! This is awesome.
  • Thank you for sharing your story. As someone who is just beginning her journey, I am finding that I need all the inspiration I can get. I would like to run...but maybe instead of looking too far ahead I need to just take it a day at a time.
    Hi, I am 42 and have just started a run/walk programme with a view to being able to run without the walk pretty soon :-)
    Your story was truly motivating and inspiring and gives me encouragement that I too can do it. I don't have much support around me and so all you wonderful people on Spark People who have amazing stories really do encourage me.
    You should be very proud of yourself. Awesome!!
  • I love your last line about every time you put on your running shoes you think about what your body can accomplish. Very nicely put. Enjoy!
  • Great news . . . it can be done!! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm 53 and just started a run/walk program. My goal is to eventually move to just running. You're story is so inspirational. Thanks for sharing!
  • Wow, extremely inspiring! Congratulations!
    I've never been much of a runner and always said its just not my strength. I have always wished it was though, and hearing your story about working up to running your 15 miles is amazing! That's what I want to do, and your story helps me feel like its something I can accomplish if I just take it slow and keep trying. If 48 isn't too old to make it happen neither is 28!
    Thank you SO much for sharing KASHMIR!!!! I'm really touched!

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