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New to running at an old age (48)

posted almost 6 years ago | Report

I just started running at 47 1/2 and i am still about 30 pounds overweight so i really want to use this to get in shape and be healthy. My sons are both avid runners but to get advice from a 23 and 24 year old on how to build my stamina....not sure they get it. They are very motivating it would be great to talk to people my own age out there running.....

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  • Hi, I just started running this past March and I'm 53. My husband, and daughter (27) and son (26) have been running for years so I figured it was time to join in. Good luck on running!

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • Thanks! You have posted alot of miles for only 9 months! You must be working hard---expecially in all that snow! I thought Maine was bad! :)

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I just started in August and am currently 49 (the big 5-0 comes in March!). There is a great group of over 40 women over at RWOL, but they just changed the forums and things aren't working very well. I don't have any runners in my family (well, I have a few sprinters) so it has been a real blessing to find women my age to share with.

    I am still learning this site but I do like the ability to track training.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • Jo-anna -- welcome to running. Once you get going you will love it! I have been running for 25 years (I am 54). No reason that we can't give you as much support here as you would get at RWOL. I can't get any pages to load at RW tonight.
    In the over-40 dailies at RW, we usually just post our daily workout and send out love, support, hugs, etc. to everyone who has posted.

    Today I ran 5.5 pretty slow miles (10:04 pace; I know Sharie will tell me that's not slow) but the weather was gorgeous; low 40s, sunny, dry and no wind.

    Let us know how it is going, Joanna, and everyone else.

    So glad Lisa set this up. She is awesome!!

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • in reply to what Jackie said:Hi, I just started running this past March and I'm 53. My husband, and daughter (27) and son (26) have been running for years so I figured it was time to join in. Good luck on running!

    Hi Jackie!
    I've been running for a couple of years but got "serious" in the summer of '07. Up until then hadn't run more than 3 miles tops. After running the 5 mile leg of a marathon relay in Oct. '07 someone very casually told me "if you can run 5 miles you can train for and run a half, no problem." She was so matter of fact about it that I downloaded a SmartCoach plan and trained over the winter. Middle distance is the thing for me at this point. No time for the really long training runs but someday... I'm sure of that just because I see all the women running who are in their 60's so why not me. I'm 45.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • Hi Jo!
    When I first started "running" it was to lose the stubborn final 20 pounds of a 70 pound weightloss. Walking just wasn't cutting it anymore and I didn't have time to walk any further so had to do it faster. my 20yo dd just ran her first half with me in Oct. My goal was for her to finish with her hands in air and smile on her face. Our times were the same but she was in front of me and the pictures prove that I accomplished my goal. I only had one training run with her though because it was hard to not give her advice and it was hard for her to get advice from me. I'm sure opposite advice than what your sons would tell you... I kept telling her to slow down. Best piece of advice out there still... slow down, running longer at a slower pace is much better than running faster for a shorter amount of time...plus you lose more weight the longer and slower you go. that's the way to build endurance too...slow down. did I mention to slow down yet?

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  • Thanks everyone for the welcome and advice. I think this will be a great way for me to stay motivated with people my own age telling me i can do it as opposed to a three young guys in excellent shape! (my two sons and a nephew have been keeping me motivated-they are all on the dailymile)
    I have run 3 days in a row (a first) and i want to run today to end the year right and tomorrow to start it right---think a newbie should do that?

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

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    Hi Jo-anna

    I was also 47 when I became a runner (used the C-to-5K at Cool Running.) I was also still over 200 pounds at the time.

    Today I'm 50, 140 pounds and have run two marathons, four half marathons and numerous 10 + 5Ks.

    So stick with it...take it slow...guard against injury and enjoy every run. :)

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • Wow! That's what I need to hear!! I have already lost 30 pounds and want another 30 to disapear---- I started with the C -to-5K also---i downloaded the podcasts by Robert Ulrey, the 9 week program---took me about 3 months but i finally was able to run for 30 minutes and finished my first 5K in October.
    At first i just wanted to run and still be able to breathe after now In my dreams, i would like to someday run a half marathon.

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  • Jo-anna, welcome! I started running a year ago November with the C25K at age 40. Since then I've done a half marathon, a 10-mile race and a marathon. Now training for a half in February, with a bonus half in March thrown in, and then a half with my sister (her first) in our hometown in May. I think running is such a great sport because you can start at any age and there's always someone at your level/pace/age/you name it.

    These ladies really know their stuff too - friendly, encouraging and here to answer questions.

    If you want more inspiration/motivation, I've been reading "Marathon Woman", Kathrine Switzer's autobiography. It's really good.

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  • Hey, that's when I started running too! I turned 48 in September. I bought running shoes back in May and went from not being able to run a mile to finishing my first ever 10K on Thanksgiving Day. I used to run way back when I was in college but lost the habit after I graduated. I'm training to run a 15K in March and a 1/2 marathon in May.

    Congratulations on getting started - that is the hardest part!

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  • in reply to what Jo-Anna L. said:Thanks! You have posted alot of miles for only 9 months! You must be working hard---expecially in all that snow! I thought Maine was bad! :)

    I started on DM in March. I have probably put in over 1000 miles for the year. My miles include running, biking and walking. I have always been a walker putting in a lot of miles. I walked a marathon in 2002 and did it in 6 hours 6 minutes. In 2008 I decided to start running. I usually do short distances, 3-6 miles. December has been brutal in Wisconsin we received over 36 inches of snow so I did more treadmill runs and biking in the basement...... Good luck on running. Hope you find a lot of motivation on DM.

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • in reply to what Jackie said:I started on DM in March. I have probably put in over 1000 miles for the year. My miles include running, biking and walking. I have always been a walker putting in a lot of miles. I walked a marathon in 2002 and did it in 6 hours 6 minutes. In 20... read more

    DM has been great! A good way to start the new year. Alot of my family have joined also and one of my sister-in-laws and i have a challenge going to see who misses a workout day first---doesn't matter the kind of workout as long as we do one per day. I plan on running more often now--with only the occassional walking day thrown in. I though Maine winters were bad but i think you have us beat with 36 inches of snow already!!!!

    posted almost 6 years ago | Report

  • I got hooked on running when I was 49 turning 50. I thought I was just going to run a 5K as a goal and that would be it. One race and I was hooked. Three years later I am still running. I can't say I am doing high mileage. I cut back to 4 days a week due to back pain but I am consistent. This year I plan to run my first marathon so I guess the miles will go up again. Hope this old body can manage it. So many runners have been doing it for years. Starting at 49 is not the norm with those I run with. I look forward to hearing from other older as in other 50 plus runners.

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  • Debbie, I also started running later..... I'm hoping, since we started later, that our knees will last longer and we will be able to run well into our 70's. ;) Good luck on your first marathon. When is it?

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  • in reply to what Jackie said:Debbie, I also started running later..... I'm hoping, since we started later, that our knees will last longer and we will be able to run well into our 70's. ;) Good luck on your first marathon. When is it?

    Not till October. I will be in a club training program for first timers and it lasts a long 6 months. I would be running anyways. Now I will just have a schedule. I did a HM program the last two years that went May- September. I do two training programs a year. Right now it is speed development. It will end the end of April after our goal 10K.

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  • I just started running with my daughter mostly walking, alittel joging wondering how long it takes to build up to a mile or two?
    I just turned 48 last Feb. I want to go slow and build up we just came through a long hard minnesota winter now its nice to be out side!

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  • Hi Sally,

    Your question is hard to answer without more information. It depends on the amount of time you put into running. What are your goals? To run 3 miles or to run a marathon? Go to http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml They have a great plan of Couch to 5k running plan which I've heard many people have great success with. If you want to run farther..... there are other plans on the internet. Good luck on your running!

    posted over 5 years ago | Report

  • Hi there, I'm 44 yrs old and I started about a year ago. I love running, once I'm out there of course. I ran my first 5K this past May in approx 42 mins. My husband runs with me once a week - but I try to run 3 times a week. My goal is to run 3 miles a day. I think you're doing great -- we can motivate each other if you'd like. Have an awesome day!

    posted about 5 years ago | Report

  • I am 45 years old with three back surgeries and two screws in my lower back. For 25 years I suffered with back problems and I thought I was going to have surgery number four. One day I started stretching and a year later I started running. When I started running I felt like I had a shrunken body suit on. I had one gear and that was neutral. i have been running 6 to 10 miles usually every other day for 6 months now. I was having some serious knee pains and as of the last two weeks no pain at all to my amazement. I started wearing knee pads when my knees acted up and i believed that helped. I do lots of backwards walking up steep hills. You burn more calories this way. Yesterday I just ran a 6 min 50 second mile and I believe I can do better by another 20 or 30 seconds. I stand on one leg all of the time to strengthen my legs. Bruce lee said you must think of everything! I recently took up swimming and i would suggest looking up the butterfly dolphin. Great core exercise! Think of swimming as a stretching exercise. I've lost about 15 lbs from running and i never changed my diet. my waist size dropped from 40 to 38 and now I am in 36 size pants as of last week. I believe my weight isn't going to drop much more unless I change my diet.

    posted almost 2 years ago | Report

  • started running at 60 and having fun doing it. i need to lose atleast 10 to 15 pounds

    posted over 1 year ago | Report

  • you did well Corey

    posted over 1 year ago | Report

  • in reply to what Jackie said:Hi, I just started running this past March and I'm 53. My husband, and daughter (27) and son (26) have been running for years so I figured it was time to join in. Good luck on running!

    Hi Jackie, You are an inspiration ! I am also 53 & would like to start running , what is the best way to get started ? , I was a walker for years & stopped about 2 years ago have gained weight , but I had a good check up at the dr. no high bp or anything yet & are you still running ?

    posted about 1 year ago | Report

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