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5/13/09 1:08 P

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I guess I am the spring chicken here. I started at 38!
Hope to still be running when I am 83 (and beyond!)

This above all: to thine ownself be true.
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5/5/09 7:46 P

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I started running at 43 last year and just this last Sunday completed my first half marathon at 44.

Old isn't what it used to be :)


"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

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5/4/09 4:14 P

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I started running before Christmas 2008..I'm 44 and was a confirmed couch potato that wanted to make a change in her life.

I ran my first 5K (ran/walk)April 25th and finished just shy of 50 minutes. I have been so encouraged by my friends, family and co-workers. I've finally decided I don't really care how I look running--I just want to run, feel good and improve my time.

I agree with those who said get good shoes and I mean good shoes. Equipment matters and a good training program. When you are out running just enjoy the time and know you are doing something great for yourself!!!


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If you believe it, you can achieve.

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5/4/09 10:58 A

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I started at 48, and ran my first race yesterday at 49. I'll be doing my first 1/2 in June and my marathon in October.

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4/19-4/20 Ragnar Relay So. Cal
6/16 Vancouver USA Marathon 6:16:45
8/3 Race for the Homeless 10k 1:14:02
9/8 Pints to Pasta 10k 1:09:47
9/28 Best Dam Run 10k
10/6 Portland Marathon 6:09:32
10/7-10/31 Dia de las Muertos virtual marathon
10/12 Great Bacon Run 10k
11/9 Chicks Fat Ass Relay
12/7 Christmas Story 10k (virtual)

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5/3/09 9:23 P

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I started at 59, 1 1/2 yrs ago. I had to run to keep up with hubby who was trying to run a 5K. He's long stopped running. I still am. Up to 6 miles at a time.

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5/3/09 2:18 P

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I started just before I turned 44 and despite occasional aches and pains I continue to surprise myself!

Guthrie Gallop-5/9/09 38:21 (First 5k)
17th Annual IOP Connector Run 10k-10/3/09 1:08:41 (First 10k)
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K 10/16/10 28:48 PR
James Island Connector Run 10K 11/6/10 59:03 PR
Charleston Half Marathon 1/15/11 2:17:37 PR (First Half)

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5/3/09 1:18 P

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I started running just shy of 49 and weighing in the 220's - and I'm happy to say that just shy of 50, I am now starting my SECOND SEASON of running! I ran a 5K this year and not too far behind me, finishing strong, was a lovely woman of nearly 84! Totally cool!

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5/3/09 12:28 P

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I also started running at 45, did one 5K, and then participated in my first triathlon shortly after turning 46. The advice you've gotten is all very good - good shoes are CRITICAL, take it slow and listen to your body, and STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH!!!

As for the neighbors - I was running on the TM at the gym at first, so it wasn't an issue, but started running outside to train for the tri. My neighbors heard about my triathlon and soon I felt like Rocky Balboa... people would wave to me, ask how the training was coming, how soon the race was, kids would ride alongside on their bikes, etc... It was actually kind of fun.

Now that the race is over, and I'm still running, they just wave. I guess it's just normal to see me running by now... which is just the way I like it!


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5/3/09 11:26 A

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Good for you all! I started at 50 and have completed three half marathons (am turning 53 this year.) I did slack off after my third half this year, but am getting back into running again. Have fun and stay safe. (Hubby started running at 55 and has completed his 2nd marathon (at 57).

Lifes journeys consist of challenges . Challenges lead to growth. Growth leads to wisdom. ....No wonder I'm such a wise.... (one) !

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5/3/09 10:47 A

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I started at 43, and I also live in a small town. In my first 5K race, as I was returning toward the finish line, I saw an ambulance approaching and thought it was coming for me. Turns out, there are always ambulances at races--who knew?! I'm going to be 45 this year, and I'm still going strong.

And who cares what the neighbors think? You'll do great!

~ Pattie ~

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"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Mary Anne Radmacher

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5/3/09 8:40 A

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Yes, you can do it! I started back to trying to run when I was 56 (last year), I'm now 57. I use to run in my 20's and have fond memories of those times but I injured my knee back then and didn't go back. So...I'm starting again. I joined the Running Room "Learn to Run" clinic in Jan. and after the 3rd week I injured my gluteus medius muscle so I'm having to take it very slowly. I'm up to 2 in 1's (walk 1 min run for 2 mins) and will probably stay here until I'm feeling really good! It was very exciting to participate in my very 1st race ever on March 15th (see my SparkPage for details)and am planning on walk/running on Oct 4th in the CIBC "Run for the Cure" in Toronto.

"Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal."

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Goal 1: To lose 13lbs by April 30th (Onederland)

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5/3/09 8:38 A

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okay gang, I guess I am the really insane one - I am 58 and am running for the first time. I am currently in W8 of the C25K and running for 25 (not 28) minutes non-stop! If a year ago anyone would have told me I would be doing this I would have called then crazy...but I guess I'm the crazy one!!

I love the challenge and am looking forward to my first 5K on June 6th.

Pace yourself...but go for it!!

"We are twice armed if we fight with Faith"

"Don't ever let your fear grow larger than your faith"
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5/3/09 8:28 A

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I started just shy of 42----you can do it....


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5/3/09 8:21 A

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Would you believe I started at 50 and again at 51. I hope to get it right by age 55.



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5/3/09 8:16 A

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Fourteen years ago (when I was young and more fit), I ran an 8K and a women pushing a baby in a stroller passed me! I'm now 48, decided to try runnig again and will be running my first 5K in June. I am really slow, partly because I'm only 4'10" and my short legs can only go so fast. Anyway, I have found that now I have to be very aware of my form (such as making sure I don't favor one leg over another, making sure my shoulders are alined) or else I'll have aches and pains the next day.

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5/3/09 3:12 A

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Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only crazy 'older' person out there. I'll be out as soon as there is a little daylight out and the birds are chipping!!!! Thanks to all!!!

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5/3/09 2:29 A

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All of these youngsters. I didn't start running until I was 51. Just take it slow. Listen to your body. Set goals that can be reached. Good shoes very important. you'll be ready to run that 5k in no time.

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Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
Champoeg Park 10K 54:37
Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

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HTC 8/27,28
Best Dam Run 10k 9/25
Victoria Half 10/10

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5/2/09 10:57 P

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I'm starting at 44, I know what ya mean about the neighbors. I felt like a total idiot when I first started jogging, but remember you're doing this is for you, not for them so don't worry about what others think.



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2/5/11 Winterlaufe 3/20/11 St Patricks Day
5/28/11 Bay Shore Half Marathon
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5/2/09 10:22 P

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I started at 46 and am 47 now. I'm a slow runner and take lots of walk breaks, but running has made a HUGE difference in my fitness and weight loss!


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5/2/09 10:20 P

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I started at almost 43. I live in a small town too, so you just need to leave the house at 5:30 in the morning to out-fox most of your neighbours. There will be some up at that time though, but you'll soon learn which ones! LOL - good luck!

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5/2/09 10:04 P

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I started at 43, and again at 44 & "ran" (ok, jog-walked) my 1st "event" at 45.

My only advice would be to take it easy, set realistic expectations, & listen to your body. I wish I had listened to my left knee & then again to my right knee (thus 2 restarts). Oh, & invest in a good pair of running shoes from a running store (b/c the staff is so well trained).

I know there are other "late starters" here, too.

All the best!!

Nancy in BC (PST) - Keeping it Real & Making the BETTER choice!
"I don't want to be the Granny who sits. I want to be the Granny who MOVES!" (~ me)
"I can do it because I want to do it!" (~ my DH)
Proverbs 30:7-9

"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,� says the LORD Almighty." (Zechariah 4.6)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

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5/2/09 9:56 P

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I'm guessing that there are others that have started at 45 years plus. I'm just curious if you have any words of wisdom besides having the ambulance ready - thank goodness I live in a small down and they would be available. emoticon

I know I can do this and am excited - only nervous because of my age and oh my - the neighbors might see me - ha ha

Thanks for any advise.

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