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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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Besides weight loss, what other improvements have you noticed?
Since I started running, my body fat has dropped from 30% to 17-20%. My lung capacity is amazing now, and when I had a recent VO2 test done, my running coach's response to the results was, "Wow. Wow. Wow." My balance is better, and I feel younger today at almost 50 than I did in my 20s. I’ve also been informed by several people lately that I’ve become a female Benjamin Button. I’m aging backward.

What are some of your running goals and accomplishments?
My main goal is to complete the Portland Marathon. My current mileage accomplishment is 15 miles. It totally blows me away that I was able to do that! After the marathon, I would like to find some trail runs because I think that would be super fun!

Anything else you'd like to add?
Every time I tie on my running shoes, I amaze myself with how far I’ve come and what I find my body is capable of doing!
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  • This is the best story ever I have seen. Thank you for sharing you're inspiring real live story!!!! - 12/14/2014 8:21:18 AM
  • ProjectChrissie,
    I also was too embarrassed to run in public... I "practiced" in my basement jogging from room to room until I lost some weight and built some endurance. It wasn't a perfect set up but better than nothing! Then (after strengthening my bum ankle jogging in the basement) I graduated to outside or on my treadmill where people could see me.
    As for the name caller who heckled you: brush it off! I was on the receiving end of comments like that.... I decided to not let it bug me....they don't even know me nor I them, so why let a total stranger dictate how I feel or what I do?!
    Just do what you want...whatever works....and smile because you're getting HEALTHY! - 11/4/2014 7:00:26 PM
  • That story is amazing, I walk alot and am beginning to think that my body has gotten so used to it that it is not releasing any more weight. I have contemplated running but find it intimidating as well, I tried it once, on my evening walk only to be put up by some yelling from a car 'run fat lady run' this was very off putting, so am a bit worried about doing it in public. - 11/4/2014 2:04:46 AM
  • Thanks for sharing. - 8/26/2014 5:42:10 AM
  • Any runners here over 60? How do you cope with hip pain? - 6/11/2014 9:29:55 AM
  • JJOHNSON645
    i have health problems too, being short of breath, back problem, and i am on oxygen how long it take you to walk up to 2hundred steps a day and what exercise did you do jjohnson645
    - 2/26/2014 2:54:21 PM
  • I thank you so much for this article! I'm 45 and have recently (last 6 months) began walking. I was intimidated to walk due to the out of breath issues and pain in my legs/knees. I went from under 200 steps per day to hitting 7500 pretty regularly.

    I used to love running/racing as a child, but haven't been able to do so since about age 12.

    I, too, dream of running marathons or on my treadmill. Your story has inspired me that it is achievable. So again thanks! - 1/24/2014 11:17:09 AM
  • 1KCHANGE
    I use to run in my 30's now starting again age 52 - 1/16/2014 6:18:18 PM
  • congratulations! - 10/4/2013 12:21:20 PM
  • I will be 48 in July and i also started running this year... so far my best 5k is 31:21 and I have several more planned for this summer and want to get my time under 30.... Next summer will be 10ks abd my big goal is to do a half marathon before I turn 50 in July 2015. - 6/5/2013 9:30:30 AM
  • You look awesome. Keep the good work up. - 6/5/2013 7:42:27 AM
  • Very inspiring - 6/5/2013 7:21:55 AM
  • This story is extremely inspiring to me! I am going to be 48 in May, and even though I weigh 280lbs, I really want to start running. I have a friend who is encouraging me to run even though I fear I'm too big. I'm going to start really slow, and hopefully one day I will be able to participate in runs like Robin! Thanks so much for sharing! - 3/28/2013 11:31:54 AM
  • I wish Spark People would allow us to update these articles after time has passed. Since this was written, I ran the Portland marathon, have completed 13 half marathons (maybe more, I can't remember!) and numberous other races. I've also discovered that trail running may well be my favorite form of exercise! I am now 53, and have run races from Northern Washington state to Southern California and Nevada. I've been a member of a Hood to Coast team, and will be running Ragnar Southern California relay race in April this year.
    I am currenlty nursing a broken arm (yes, I fell while running, these things do happen) but am still planning on run/walking the Vancouver USA marathon in June of 2013. - 2/15/2013 5:31:55 PM
  • DJPG50
    Inspiring! - 2/15/2013 2:37:59 PM
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