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12/28/09 8:27 A

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You are never too old to start. I started when I was 37 years old, and went down to watch the finish of the Flying Pig Marathon. When I saw that the finishers were "regular" people like me, I decided to start running. You'll do fine - just listen to your body and take rest days as indicated by your training program (that is something I've found to be VERY important as I get older...)

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12/27/09 2:52 P

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hello and welcome! i've heard prague is a beautiful place.
i remember reading a story, i believe it was jeff galloway's "book on running", which told the story of a lady who'd had lung problems her whole life, and was told not to run/exert herself. then in her 50's, she decided to start walking, then running, and ended up completing many marathons. i think jeff galloway's father didn't start running till his 50s, and was so out of shape he would run from telephone pole to telephone pole, then ended up sub 3:00 for a marathon.
for the rest of us....i didn't start running distance (or running at all really) till 40, 41. you're never too old, and you actually did not mention how old you are. but there are some things to consider if you are not a spring chicken or already in strong baseline shape.
the older you are, the longer it takes to recover/heal.
if you do not have a running group or knowledgeable friend/coach close by, consider buying a good book on running. jeff galloway's books are good, i myself have "book on running" and highly recommend. the galloway method is running with walk breaks, and is the method i've used on my 10 marathons. it does make it a lot more stress free, enjoyable, and decreases the chances of injuries/burnout.
you will find this forum (and runners in general) full of encouraging and supportive people. feel free to ask and share, and, again, welcome.

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12/27/09 1:11 P

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You'll do just great! Make sure you have a good training schedule you can work with, and running buddies for the longer runs and you'll be just fine!

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12/27/09 11:01 A

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You're never too old! Enjoy the training and remember, slow and steady wins the race!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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12/27/09 10:29 A

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Hi from Prague, Czech Republic. I am new to SP and in need of tips and motivation to reach my goal of walking/running the Prague Marathon in June, 2010. I used to be a boxer and running is not new to me, but in boxing, we ran fast for five minutes to help us with the fights. I am new to long distance running. Am I too old and too out of shape for this? I have 20 lbs to lose. I'm 165 and want to be 145. Looking for buddies for advice and motivation! Thanks!

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