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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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  • I loved this article & it made me feel hopeful. I tried doing the couch to 5K, but got discouraged because I couldn't keep up with their schedule. This makes me want to try your advice & go much slower. I also am trying later in life. I just turned 48. Thank you for sharing your story. - 7/13/2015 3:00:04 PM
  • Happy to see this. Apparently, I'm not the only "nut" who started running late. ;-) I'm 52,and started back into running a year and a half ago. It's the best thing I've done for myself in a VERY long time! Now my husband runs with me. Next stop, Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon! I'm SO excited!!! Keep running! We'll be the 80 year olds who blow everybody away! - 7/13/2015 1:24:29 PM
  • SOPHIEFOSS
    So inspiring! I'm 41 and can finally run for more than a few minutes... I'm more than a little afraid to try running more than a couple of blocks but your story makes me think I could! - 7/13/2015 1:23:50 PM
  • SEWBLESSED5
    Good for you! This is such an inspiring article. I just turned 53 and have started adding a little running to my walks. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. - 7/13/2015 11:16:10 AM
  • GOMEADOW
    My 9 year old son is a member of the Run Hard running team. This is his 2nd season and he's asked me to run the 5K race with him. His first 5K race my husband literally got off the couch and ran with him with no problem at all, but my husband was active in sports for most of his youth. I guess he has muscle and endurance memory??? I'm a different story. I have never competed in any sport and I've never been interested in running (unless something was chasing me I always joked). But I want to do this for my son. He's been training me with some of the Run Hard training plans and I've been power walking with a co-worker the other days.

    Your article was extremely inspiring for me. I've been searching for information and tips online about running and really stumbled on this article by accident. I'm feeling hopeful that my body will surprise me too and I'll actually be able to pull this off. Thank you for taking the time to share your story. - 4/16/2015 6:42:36 PM
  • That's so awesome and so inspirational, thanks for sharing. I'm a walker right now, but I have dreams of becoming a runner once I reach that point where - like you said - the walks started getting longer. Thanks again! :) - 4/13/2015 6:09:43 PM
  • what an inspiring story! I'm almost 43, I can walk fast for kilometres but running has always been difficult for me. This story has inspired me to give it a try! - 4/6/2015 4:01:12 AM
  • 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

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