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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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This is a great story and inspiring for anyone who thought they could not run or be a runner. The advice is right on. It is truly amazing what your body can do. At 40 I am running faster and stronger than I ever did in my 20s and I feel wonderful. I cheer on anyone who is running, no matter how far or how fast-- keep at it, your body and mind will thank you. Report
Almost forgot! Love this story and am in awe of folks who start running at a later age! The advice in the article is great for any runner! I Especially like the "Build your endurance" by running slow advice. This helps even if you have taken a short break from running or are in-between running seasons. Thanks for an inspiring story! Report
For Noel 711. Recommendations to keep the aches away. I'm a 57 year old runner -- ran most of my life, but took a 8 year hiatus before I took up running again. My annual goal is a local half-marathon and several other runs around where I live. I think the main thing to keeping the aches and pains from taking over are: 1. Proper nutrition and hydration, before, during and after runs. 2. Good footwear -- I prefer zero gravity shoes and running technique. 3. Warm up joints before run and most importantly -- Stretch after the run (a combination of traditional runners stretches and yoga moves). 4. Massage your own joints and feet daily; and treat yourself to a total body myofascial massage once a month! Report
I'm 58 and have started running this year too. For the same reason, too. I was walking for miles and my body was too used to it. So I started doing the run til I'm out of breath, walk til I recover,then run again thing. I am still doing that, but I can run farther every week. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! :) Report
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! Report
This is the best story ever I have seen. Thank you for sharing you're inspiring real live story!!!! Report
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! Report
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. Report
Thanks for sharing. Report

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