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Although I've been athletic all my life, I became a runner after age 55.

After a woman at a Weight Watchers meeting told everyone how much fun she and her senior friends from a walking club had at 5Ks, my curiosity was piqued, and I signed up for my city's annual 5K on March 24, 2012, which happened to fall the Saturday after I turned 55. I was a walker at that time and intended to just walk the race, which I did.

I found the event to be so much fun that I signed ...
Although I've been athletic all my life, I became a runner after age 55.

After a woman at a Weight Watchers meeting told everyone how much fun she and her senior friends from a walking club had at 5Ks, my curiosity was piqued, and I signed up for my city's annual 5K on March 24, 2012, which happened to fall the Saturday after I turned 55. I was a walker at that time and intended to just walk the race, which I did.

I found the event to be so much fun that I signed up for a couple of more 5Ks that were in the same race series. Before too long, I started jogging and then running.

I signed up for the 2014 Skirt Sports half marathon in Colorado after I realized that the completion time is secondary to the completion itself. I did my usual walk/run and ended with a respectable time of 2:47:21. I was so proud of myself for completing it, especially because it was my first race over 5K.

On June 14, 2015, we went back to Colorado and I repeated the Skirt Sports race, now officially called the 13er. Not only was it my 100th race, but it was also my ninth half marathon. (I have also now done 10Ks and 8Ks.)

I am not the fastest participant on the course, and I alternate between walking and running, but I really enjoy participating in organized runs and hope to continue for at least another 100 races.
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MAILHANDLER
6/22/2012 5:08:04 PM

Lynda and Kathleen: My friend and I will be in front of the bleachers around 6:45 - 7:00. See you then..

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
6/22/2012 4:45:32 PM

I am number 3026 - hope to see you tomorrow!



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KATHLEEN320
6/22/2012 12:11:48 AM

That's easy to remember!



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MAILHANDLER
6/21/2012 9:35:19 PM

I am number 3100... emoticon



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MAILHANDLER
6/21/2012 4:16:49 PM

I only walk...

I got my beachbody friend to get involved in these 5K's. She doesn't walk as fast as me so my times are not so good this year. She keeps telling me to go ahead but I stay with her to keep her motivated. Maybe next year I'll leave her and wait at the finish line.. She has lost 140 lbs and has kept it off for more than a year.

I on the other hand am a "work in progress". I'm almost 20 lbs lighter in less than 2 months, woo hoo!

We will be picking up our race packets today. Maybe we'll run into each other tomorrow.

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