I convinced myself over and over again that I couldn't run. I would try with no real method and felt horrible afterwards, body parts moving everywhere and it felt awkward. I decided to try again and printed out a beginners program. As KASHMIR suggests, start off slower than what you think you can do. The program also mentioned that. I haven't started yet because it's dark outside when I get home from work but since tomorrow is Sunday, I will be out there in the morning.
I am so amazed at your process and what an inspiration you are to me. I have started to slog (walk and jog). I thought I was too old to really start running but when I am doing it I love it. I am now excited to keep moving forward.
Thanx for sharing your incredible journey - I needed to hear that. I am 56 and as I get healthier I feel younger than I ever felt.
9/3/2011 4:30:00 PM
I am 52 years old and have aways admired runners! It is something I have tried to do mutiple times in my life but I can never stay motivated and have no stamina. I can walk long distances but want to RUN even if it is at a slow pace....HELP
In Covert Bailey's PBS-TV series "FIT OR FAT" he explained "Wind Sprints" which are walking a minute, then running as fast as you can for 10 seconds, and then walking a minute, etc. He set up the complete program in his book so a person increases their energy levels and can better run over time. I think most people try running to much and have no idea how to train.
7/25/2011 2:57:38 PM
I learned to run with markers, too--I used telephone poles. Ran from 1st pole to 2nd, walked from 2nd pole to 3rd; ran from 3rd to 4th, etc. Before long I could run two poles at a time; soon, I was just running. It's great for motivation; you can see and count the poles, and try to beat your record each time you go out.
7/20/2011 8:48:34 AM
Congrats to KASHMIR. I think its great she and that people can do this. But not all people can run. I ran when I was younger but as I got older (late 30s) the pain and swelling in my knees made it too painful. I can participate in a variety of low impact activities but need to wear a compression knee bandage for anything with more impact than walking. I'll be 63 in a couple of weeks and am at goal--48 sounds young to me. LOL.
7/20/2011 7:52:35 AM
I'm also starting to run after finding my walks are longer and longer. I'm 54 and starting out slow, but would like to work my way to 15 miles like you did. You look marvelous!!Keep up the good work!!
You go girl! I am printing this article to keep it on my wall. I have a goal of running in a 5K in a few months so I am also starting out! Thank you for this article! I've shared it with other newbies runners! Keep going! :D
7/19/2011 8:48:02 PM
I also love to run. I am 44 and started running 18 month ago. I just started walking, aded speed and time every week, and at some time my body asked for a little run, I just gave it. You could add a little bit more running each week, start walking 10 min, than run 4-5 min, walk-run as you can. Add running time each week, until you run 15-20 min. slowly, if you need to stop, just walk and keep walking. In a couple of months you will be running up to 20-30 min. and walking will just be your 10 min. starting and ending.
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