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WORKNPROGRESS49 SparkPoints: (101,506)
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10/24/13 8:54 A


TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (110,652)
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10/24/13 8:52 A


"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
MISSMARY3 SparkPoints: (153,725)
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10/24/13 8:50 A

Good for you! I'm glad you kept at it to get where you want to be! Keep running!

36ROCK Posts: 936
10/24/13 8:48 A

emoticon Great job! I'm 57 and started running this year. Did my first 5k and finished but not 1st but not last either! I'm still working at getting faster and you are my motivation! Thank you for sharing!

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LRUSSO65 Posts: 1
10/24/13 8:45 A

Way to go! Congratulations on your determination. emoticon

LCRUMLEY81 SparkPoints: (98,859)
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10/24/13 8:45 A

great job

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10/24/13 8:42 A

WAY TO GO, Keep up the positive attitude!

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COSMOBLOW SparkPoints: (35)
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10/24/13 8:42 A

Wow! I'm a 35 year old woman and extremely impressed by your will & determination! WAY TO GO!!

WALLPER26 Posts: 2,971
10/24/13 8:37 A

emoticon Great job and motivating story.

"The voice in your head that says you can't do this is a liar"

"To be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing it's best,night and day,to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -EE Cummings-

�It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.�
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LAURMILCH SparkPoints: (18,204)
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10/24/13 8:33 A

WOOHOO to you! I'm in the age group (I'm 60) and am considering running/speed walking again after years of little to none aerobic exercise. You motivate me to push a little bit faster. Thanks!

BUTTERFLYBANDB SparkPoints: (26)
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10/24/13 8:33 A

What encouragement this is for me! I have asthma, and I want to be able to just walk a mile. So my next plan for exercise will be 15 min everyday next week of walking. In 6 months I hope to have a story like this. Congrats on 2n place. In my mind you won 1st place. You reached your goal. Determination! Thank you for your story.

SISTA-G Posts: 1
10/24/13 8:32 A

Great job! You are actually in a very tough age group. Keep on running...

10/24/13 8:32 A

Such a great story! Thanks for the motivation!

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CLGALINDO Posts: 171
10/24/13 8:31 A

Looking at your stats, it looks like you have a champion heart as well.

Baby steps turn to leaps and bounds! "Just today" turns into a lifetime of improved health and fitness. It turned this body from a size 18+ to a size 4-6! Maintaining my new life, habits and body.
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10/24/13 8:20 A

That is a great story. I am impressed with your determination, that alone is a great achievement. Since you are a long distance cyclist pushing yourself is probably second nature. To those who do not push themselves that part of the story is probably the most impressive part, for me it was. Keep up the great work!

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LABGIRL16 Posts: 11
10/24/13 8:20 A

You certainly have fortitude and determination! I am in the same age group and have never been a runner, but rather a horseback rider. I don't think I would be able to stick with something that was still hard after three months.

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10/24/13 8:19 A

Keep up the good work. Maybe that will be me in a few months!!!

BECKYANNE1 SparkPoints: (194,158)
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10/24/13 8:19 A

emoticon I used to run in my 20's but quit and just started back up last year too. I've gone from a 32:00 min 5k last year down to under a 27:00 5k this year and I'm 53! I've placed 1st and 2nd in 3 races this summer and my goal is to get under 26:00 min. next year. Age doesn't matter when you're determined! Good Luck in your future races! emoticon

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10/24/13 8:18 A

I too started running at age 50. My friend encouraged me by running from light pole to light pole. Within 3 mo. I was running my first 5k and have been running ever since. I'm still a bit of a turtle, but, I get out there and do it when I can. We're never to old to learn new tricks!

10/24/13 8:02 A

what a inspiration and hope....

just starting a new body regime....and it's hard...

but for health and longevity, along with mental clarity and strength...

I needed to read this, thank you for sharing...

and keep up the great experience of life..

CLGALINDO Posts: 171
10/24/13 7:54 A

Go get 'em on Saturday! We who are in our 50's find this so motivating!

Baby steps turn to leaps and bounds! "Just today" turns into a lifetime of improved health and fitness. It turned this body from a size 18+ to a size 4-6! Maintaining my new life, habits and body.
10/24/13 7:45 A

So awesome! congratulations!

FOODOGWALLY SparkPoints: (5,715)
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10/24/13 7:42 A

Fantastic! Keep going

ROSEMARE SparkPoints: (8,413)
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10/24/13 7:41 A

Wow! A true inspiration!

DONNA_VT Posts: 8,749
10/24/13 7:36 A

How timely for me to see this article. I am run/walking my 1st 5K on Saturday and I am 55. I have a lot of the same thoughts of struggling while I do this but I am hanging in there.

Thanks so much for making me feel like I am not alone.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. By Charles Swindoll

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INGMARIE Posts: 9,839
10/24/13 7:31 A

emoticon congrats to you.
I run 5k races too, took up running again after some 35 years of not running. I love it.

Sometimes the "wrong" train can take us to the right place.
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KATHIC2 Posts: 34
10/24/13 7:31 A

So impressive! You are inspiring!

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10/24/13 7:30 A

You rock!

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KMICHA Posts: 45,846
10/24/13 7:27 A

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Chicago, il

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10/24/13 7:24 A

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BILL60 Posts: 536,356
10/24/13 7:23 A

You are a "Stud". Congrats!!

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CLGALINDO Posts: 171
10/24/13 7:20 A

Well done! You are an inspiration to all of us!

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HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (196,541)
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10/24/13 7:00 A

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I can do it!!
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ELAINEANNE1 Posts: 596
10/24/13 6:55 A

Congratulations on your running achivements. emoticon emoticon

10/24/13 6:54 A

WOW, that's amazing. GOOD FOR YOU!

CLAIREINPARIS SparkPoints: (58,693)
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10/24/13 6:50 A

Oh how wonderful! Congratulations, and good for you for not giving up!!!

GREENHOME1 SparkPoints: (1,089)
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10/24/13 6:40 A

Way to go! emoticon

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ASIDORENKO1 SparkPoints: (970)
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10/24/13 6:32 A

That is awesome!! Thank you for sharing.

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,911
10/24/13 6:15 A

Brilliant! thank you so much for sharing. Do you have a Parkrun near you?? Every Saturday you can do a 5K for free. They are great!

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10/24/13 6:13 A

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10/24/13 6:09 A

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10/24/13 5:48 A

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LEMONLYMAN1 SparkPoints: (35,609)
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9/24/13 12:48 P

Way to go! That's awesome. I started running last year too, and know exactly what you're talking about for the first three months, You've made amazing progress though! emoticon

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NAEGADS Posts: 61
9/24/13 11:47 A

How inspirational and right on time for me! I started running last summer and had been picking up some momentum, then winter hit and I sat on the couch. I've been struggling all summer just to get back into the groove! Your post lets me know that it's okay to fall off the "bike" and get back on again- just slowly.

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9/23/13 6:10 P

That is fantastic! Congratulations!

I'm a late blooming runner too. I did a 5k in April and a 10k this month. Looking forward to next spring and more races!

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LINDAC107 Posts: 25
9/23/13 2:39 P

Totally inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Success comes to those who persist and you worked hard and deserved your win!

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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
9/23/13 12:12 P

And hit a PR. I was worried because this race was in the local running club's gold cup series

I want to post this as encouragement to others. I just started running last year and was lucky if I could hit a mile in 14 or 15 minutes. For the first three months, I felt like I would die and absolutely hated it. I'm short and muscular. Weight and power are my forte. I'm definitely Type II muscle fiber dominant. However, I also have been a long-distance cyclist for 10 years, so I thought I could run if I worked at it. So I plugged away. I went from near death experience to I can survive this. And I kept running. It took about 6 months for me to be convinced I could do it.

As I got better, I decided to put myself to the test and entered my first 5k in the spring. It was quite the learning experience and I literally stopped short of the finish line out of confusion (thought the 3-mile clock was the end and started walking the .2) This was only my third 5k. The last one, I landed in first place. It helps that I'm in the 50-54 category so the ranks start thinning out a bit.

If you would have told me I would be able to take up running at 50, get past my early struggles and now be winning races, I would tell you that you were delusional.

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