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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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  • Great work. Very inspirational. Hoping to be able to write my own "How I became a runner at age 54" some day. - 12/9/2012 1:04:21 PM
  • I'm 51 and just completed my first marathon in Philly on 11/18/12. My story is similar. 2 years ago I couldn't run 1/2 mile. in the past year i went from running 5k races to compling a marathon. My message: If I can do it YOU CAN DO IT. Please friend me and I can help encourage you. - 12/9/2012 12:01:46 PM
  • 1TINNYSKINNY
    Thank you for sharing your story. This is so inspiring! I will be 51 next month and am more that 100lbs overweight. Every time I see someone running, I say to myself that I wish I could do that. Lately, I have been seriously considering starting a "walk to run" program. I know that I will have to start slow. Very slow. I need to just stop considering and start doing. Thanks again for the inspiration. - 12/9/2012 11:22:09 AM
  • 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
  • THEMRSH
    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
  • LOUISIANA_LOU
    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
  • MARSALIC
    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
  • PNCLARTST
    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

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