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I started running when I was 43, and am now 52. Hope to still be running in my 80's!
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them”
¯ Denis Waitley
This really is quite an accomplished group.
I started running when I was 54 and ran my first marathon at 55. I've run 8 more marathons and 17 halfs. I love running. Three years ago I started running with a group. I now love running with a group. Runners are such friendly people. I'm not fast, but I sure do enjoy the sport and the people.
I have been running on and off for about 15 years. I ran my first half marathon at 35 without proper training and ended up kind of burning out. When I had my son at 40 I started back up again and ended up with a horrible case of Plantar Facitiis (sp?). That sidelined me for several years, gained a lot of weight and then my father passed away a year after my son was born. I felt very depressed and after doing a lot of walking and shuffling around I finally got off my butt "officially" about 4 years ago. Since that time I joined a running group and have been slowly improving. I just turned 48 and actually beat my best time of 2:07 at 35 this year with a 1:58 half! You can get faster as you age!
If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.
I remember running in PE in Jr High and High school if that counts? I did run for a while, maybe 4 or 5 months a few years ago but didn't stick with it. I really started running 14 months ago at 39yo after I had lost a bit of weight and had been walking regularly for almost a year.
I have ran 2 half marathons, and a few shorter distance races in that 14 months with 5 more races by Jan 1st. I will start the training for my first full Marathon in January and run it in May. I had hoped to do my first full marathon while I am still 40 but my body wasn't ready yet so 41 is fine with me. I am hooked on running!
I am not yet where I would like to be, but I am no longer where I was.
Are we awesome or what?!?! YES! We are awesome!
You are all inspiring to me. I started running 3 years ago at 45 yo mostly due to stress and walking just wasn't enough for me anymore. Running has saved my life. I would never had believed this would be me. I love running races and I love watching others run their races.
Live your life as though you are obligated to make the world a better place. Make a difference today.
I'm 66 and was never a runner. About a year and a half ago, my younger sister ran her first 10k event and liked it so much she challenged all her siblings and cousins and all our children to join her in the event the next year--2012. In January 2012 I took up her challenge and started the walk/run training regimen figuring I would enter the event as a walker. I planned to train as a runner till my knees began to give me trouble, which I fully expected as I have some lunar cartilage deterioration. Funny thing happened--the knees never gave me trouble and before I knew it I was running the full 10k. Circumstances prevented me from joining the actual event I had trained for, but I ran 10k that day on my own, just to do what I had started out to do. I've kept up with running since then, joined one 64 k relay, and keep my eyes open for another event nearby before winter. My goal is to run 3 times a week, but I rarely meet that goal now that I'm not in training for a specific event.
I started running at 49 (am 51 almost 52 now). Have run several 5k's a 10K and a couple halfs, and plan to keep on running for years to come.
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
I started running at 59.
I am NOT very fast, but it keeps me very active and healthier than I might have been.
Looking forward to my 4th HM in October.
I use Jeff Galloway's run-walk-run method.
"It's not how old you are, it's how you are old."
"I am still learning." Michelangelo
I started C25K at age 53. Plan to finish first marathon at age 56.
Finished: Walt Disney World Marathon, January 13, 2013.
Finished: Disney Princess Half, February 2013
Finished: Orange Blossom Half and 5K, March 3, 2013
Finished: Divas Half, N Myrtle Beach, April 2013
I was the kid who couldn't make it once around the 1/4 mile track in school, and after Jr High School never took a single gym class. I began running at 48 and haven't looked back. I've completed 1 full marathon, and numerous halfs.
~Robin~ Vancouver, WA - SPSW 180
BLC 24-Silver Spies
2013 race schedule
4/19-4/20 Ragnar Relay So. Cal
6/16 Vancouver USA Marathon 6:16:45
8/3 Race for the Homeless 10k 1:14:02
9/8 Pints to Pasta 10k 1:09:47
9/28 Best Dam Run 10k
10/6 Portland Marathon 6:09:32
10/7-10/31 Dia de las Muertos virtual marathon
10/12 Great Bacon Run 10k
11/9 Chicks Fat Ass Relay
12/7 Christmas Story 10k (virtual)
I started running (by choice) in 2011 when I was 64. I have run 14 races of varied distances since I started, and I was 65 when I completed my first marathon this past May. Running is what keeps me young.
I've been a casual runner since I was about 14 or 15. I ran occasionally when I was in college. I got regular about it after I graduated. I'll be 50 this month.
An attitude of gratitude can wipe away bad thoughts anytime.
- A fellow Sparker
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I didn't start running until 6 1/2 years ago at the tender age of 44 so you are not alone. In fact I recently read an awesome stat women not outnumber men in every race distance with the exception of the marathon and that the over 40 age group has seen the most significant boost in adding new runners. WOO HOO!!!
Other than running as part of the conditioning required for high school sports (especially soccer) and as part of a college health class, I never ran until 3 years ago. That is when I consider my life as a runner to have begun, at age 46. Any running I might have done previously was out of necessity or requirement. I choose to run now and I love it!
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.
- Thomas Carlyle
5K - 23:45 (6 races)
10K - 50:12 (3 races)
10 Mile - 1:27:07 (2 races)
Half Marathon - 1:56:35 (1 Race)
I *never* ran when I was younger (always the slowest kid in school, so I hated running). Didn't start until I was 55, doing Couch to 5K. Now I've completed 14 half marathons and plenty of shorter races as well; I'm planning to tackle a full marathon next year. I'm definitely an AOA (adult onset athlete) and loving it!
Denise (Half Fanatic #1279) - PDT Time Zone
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- William Bagshot
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How many of you have been running since you were younger? Have any of you just started running?
I am 54 years old and just started "running" last spring. Quite a challenge and something new for me! I've walked quite a few marathons, half marathons etc but ran my first half marathon this past July.