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I'm over 50 and I'm going to start running!! Thank-you Samantha!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I've been intrigued by running my whole adult life. Way back in my 20's I tried to start running with no idea of how to begin or succeed. So I failed. Quickly.

Then I injured a knee. then both knees were weak. I didn't do the rehab correctly. My knees hurt off and on (with a lot on "on") ever since. Then I re-injured the really bad one again 5 years ago.

I've looked at joggers and runners over the years with envy, but thought I was too out of shape and had bad knees. And I'm a smoker. I KNOW. AND I gained a lot of weight. I hovered between 130 and 140 until I hit my 40's, then ballooned up to 203 (emotional eating).

2 years ago I started exercising and joined Sparkpeople. My knees no longer give me problems (knock on wood). I've lost 44 pounds as of now. I can do lots of squats. I can see muscles in my legs I've never seen before. Still, I never considered running.

My 21 year old daughter just came home from college for a visit. She's, of course, size 5. She's always been little, but always had a little belly pooch. Well, she's been running every day for a month. ( I know--and I've told her she needs at least a day of rest, but she's young and has her own opinions)

Her belly pooch is now gone!!!!! Just from running!!! She is thrilled and super motivated to keep going. She has inspired me to run. I'm not gonna say "try."

So I researched running on SP and, along with lots of articles, there is.....

5K YOUR WAY. I am sooo doing this!

1. Complete the 5K Your Way Walking plan (5 weeks)
2. Complete the 5k Your Way Walk/Jog plan (5 weeks)
3. Complete the 5k Your Way Rookie Running plan (8weeks)
4. Complete the 5k Your Way Running plan (5 weeks)

This site is the most amazing place in the world! I love it! It has answers to EVERYTHING!!
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    I'll echo some of the other comments. I started running 4 years ago when I was 44. I've completed 7 half-marathons and numerous 5k's. I'm now training for my first marathon. Congrats on your plan that you have in place. emoticon

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I know quite a few people who were NOT runners or even walkers, and are now really INTO running by following the PLAN that you are following.



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TXPATRIOT 7/7/2013 12:34AM

    I started running again in my 40's and have lost over 70 lbs. so far. Training for a half marathon in the fall.


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ELEPHANTSOUL 7/7/2013 12:14AM

    I too am an aspiring runner with a pooch to lose! Lol. Another great app that my best friend has had much success with is Couch to 5k. :)

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RIMRANCH 7/7/2013 12:01AM

    That is great. I started running when I was 50. I have completed 6 half marathons, plus a 10 k and 2 5 k's. you can do it!! emoticon

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