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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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  • 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!!! - 12/9/2012 10:07:41 AM
  • 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! - 12/9/2012 9:47:57 AM
    Ah! My beautiful friend Robin! This is awesome. - 12/9/2012 8:48:37 AM
  • 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. - 12/9/2012 7:30:59 AM
    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!! - 9/12/2012 8:06:37 AM
  • 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! - 8/1/2012 10:55:44 AM
  • Great news . . . it can be done!! Thanks for sharing! - 8/1/2012 8:34:23 AM
    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! - 7/18/2012 7:46:01 AM
  • 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! - 6/9/2012 2:44:37 PM
  • 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
    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
    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

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