08.15.13 • 12:42:pm #224
N. Huntingdon, PA
I started running at the age of 49, just on a bet. I have always been a fast walker and could walk a mile in 15 minutes. I enjoyed it and entered my first race, 5k. There were a lot of changes going on in my personal life that caused me to become depressed. I couldn’t get the medicine right, was sick all the time, just feeling miserable physically and mentally. I remembered how I felt running, free. It had been several months when I started running again, slowly. I ran through the pain, the tears and the days that were the darkest. When I turned 50 I entered a half-marathon. No one thought I would ever make it, let alone cross the finish line. My time wasn’t the greatest, but I did it, I finished it. Everyone was shocked, me included. I still run, I’m 51 and have done another half marathon, taking a half-hour off my first half and am signed up for two more this year. I’m outside, I’m free and it helps me get through some of the dark days. I thanked that person who dared me to try. Doctors were never able to get my medicine right as it all made me very sick, but I’m at the point they said I don’t need the medicine. Just keep running. It’s not a cure, but it helps, it helped me and still does. I don’t have as many panic attacks and when anxiety grabs me by the throat, I grab my shoes and hit the trails.08.15.13 • 8:09:pm #225
I started running to get in shape like everyone else. What started as a hobby has become more as I compete in races throughout the year. I’ve always ran in Nike’s, switched to the Asics GT 2000′s and those just tore up my right foot. I have PF now because of it b/c I never had PF with my Nike’s. I switched to the Wave Inspire 9′s and I absolutely love them. Probably the best shoe I’ve had. I still have the PF, but my Mizuno’s make it easier to run. Thanks.08.20.13 • 7:27:am #229
After 3 months of boot camp type workouts, I just decided I wanted to try it – to see if I could. Started small with a few 5Ks and then thought, “what the heck – let’s see if I can o a 10K”. Somewhere in the training for the 10K, I thought of the struggles my mom lived through, quite gracefully, while she battled multiple sclerosis for 27 years. I decided I wanted to run a half to honor her tenacity, grace and strength. During the last few months of training, and facing my own (not nearly as scary) health issues, it occurred to me that I have a little bit if that strength and tenacity in me too. Now I look forward to that quiet time with the sound of my feet hitting the pavement, the welcome sunrise somewhere in my run and the inevitable high I hit during my run. When I get to a point where I think I can’t make it to my goal, I just reflect on my mom and how she never let anything stop her – not even physical pain and illness…and I keep going. In one short week, I will have run a mile for every month she battled MS and in 4 short weeks, I will run that first half to honor her.08.20.13 • 12:51:pm #230
San Antonio, TX
I turned 50 and thought to myself;… I wonder if I can make it to 100? I was overweight and feeling tired all the time. I didn’t have money to join a gym, or participate in other costly forms of exercise. Heck even running shoes are a splurge for me. But there was running. It didn’t require much equipment and could be done anywhere, anytime. But I hated it…grrruugghhh soo boring (Diagnosed adult ADHD)I pushed through those mental roadblocks though. The first few weeks were such a struggle, but I remember a Bible study where I learned the significance of numbers. Specifically of the number 40. The number forty is used by God to represent a period of testing or judgment (the length of time necessary to accomplish some major part of Gods plan in his dealings with various portions of mankind) It is in essence, “long enough” to make a habit. SO I committed myself to run everyday, no excuses, for forty days. Voilà! I was addicted. Now I can’t stand to go more than 3 days without a run. Will I reach 100? God only knows, but at least I am taking the steps (pun intended) to make sure I am doing all I can on my part. I am now convinced that running is more than anyone who is not a runner can know. It is a mystical, spiritual exercise. Learning to push your body through discomfort is 99% a mental accomplishment over just a physical accomplishment. So running has not only made my body stronger, it has helped tremendously with my ADHD, and I no longer take chemicals for that. I am at a healthy weight, and have more energy now. I hope I can keep running the rest of my live and God willing…live long and die fast!08.23.13 • 11:40:pm #236
Natural Antidepressant and Anxiety relief. Off all medications. When I get stressed or anxious – I hit the road – instead of turning towards bad habits. Plus the endorphins after a run is superb. I am happy all day! I just completed a 21K xterra trail run. and onto my 1st marathon. ready for an ultra, if the body will cooperate.08.24.13 • 3:24:pm #237
I ran all throughout high school and got burnt out. I stopped running for a year or so and once I got to college I decided I needed a new way to challenge myself so I signed up for my first half marathon in Montgomery, AL. After I started my training for the half I learned my grandmother (dad’s mom) was in and out of the hospital and soon after I learned my uncle (also dad’s side) had cancer though out his body. I ran the half and went to visit them they both seemed so proud that I did something that a lot of people never complete. That was the last time I saw either of them. Now I run, not only for my health but for their memory as well. I will continue to run and challenge myself because it has become a part of my life. I work at a running specialty store; hoping I can help people start running and make running a part of their life as well.08.25.13 • 11:30:am #238
North Las Vegas, NV
I started running as a teenager. I wanted to go and visit with my boyfriend and didn’t have transportation, and could not seem to get there fast enough on a walk, so I began jogging and realized I could get there faster and felt great afterwards, and that is how I began my jogs. I still run today in my late 40′s but not due to lack of transportation.08.27.13 • 10:24:pm #243
I moved to a small town for a new job where there were more miles of dirt road than people.08.29.13 • 10:04:am #252
I run to out run depression. I struggle with Adrenal Fatigue (or, rather a bunch of symptoms my doctors would rather not investigate, and just throw pills at). I started running in January 2013, I ran my first 5k in March 2013, and finished without the help of EMS, which had my criteria for success, but blew myself away when I finished under 45 minutes.
It is now almost September 2013, and while I have kept off all the weight I lost (20lbs, just a by product of moving) and am healthier than I have ever been, I seem to have lost momentum. I haven’t run in over 20 days. I am getting very frustrated with my inaction. I have considered signing up for another 5k, but am afraid I will flake. Anyone tips, tricks, threats or coercion anyone may have to get back in the swing of things would be appreciated.
Judith08.29.13 • 10:20:am #253
N. Huntingdon, PA
Don’t get frustrated Judith. I did the same thing. Sign up for another 5k. You will be surprised at how excited you will become. Remember how good it felt to be out there running. Nothing but you and the trail or pavement. The peace and the freedom. One foot in front of the other. No matter your time, you are still a winner, a runner, an achiever.
Start again by walking. Don’t criticize yourself for not doing it. I actually signed up for a half-marathon when I went through that. It got me moving again.
Remember, it’s one foot in front of the other.
09.01.13 • 10:42:pm #259
- This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by Betsy.
I’ve always been a big guy. I’ve played football my entire life and made it an obsession in high school. At 300 pounds, I was still in great shape. I went on to play college football but tore my acl a year and a half into it. Of course I was down and upset. I hadn’t realized how out of shape I had gotten until 3 years later. I decided to try running and failed several times to find motivation. Finally I found a great location and great gear. I became addicted and have been since. For the first time since 8th grade, I’m under 300 pounds and loving it. Now I feel Like nothing can stop me! I started running to get back in shape, but I can honestly say it has been the most relaxing and motivating thing I’ve decided to do in years.09.02.13 • 3:48:pm #263
Does it really matter why… just start to run and you will see…09.03.13 • 12:58:pm #270
I guess it’s because of the long legs. Even so, I remember running the mile run in grade school and coming in last because I didn’t understand pacing. I even remember the time…somewhere north of 9:00. From then on, I saw running as a constant challenge of pushing myself. By senior year of high school, I cut that time down to 5:00 and became captain of both the cross country and track teams. During this time I ran with the classic Wave Rider 8′s.
Twelve years later, I’m a recent postgrad in Rhode Island training for Boston in April. Many of my friends ran that day, and luckily no one was near the finish line when the bombs went off. Three weeks later, I bought my Wave Musha 5′s in preparation for marathon training.
Running has always been a form of therapy to me. It got me through numerous personal tragedies, and cannot be happier knowing that my first marathon is less than two months away!09.04.13 • 11:45:am #272
A little over a year ago my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer and my dad, almost exactly a month later was hospitalized for a very large abdominal aorta aneurism. They were both treated and have now recovered from their battles but this scared the hell out of me and was my wake up call. I was 45 years old at the time and had been a smoker for most of my life, that combined with high cholesterol and my weight put me in the high risk category for a heart attack by the VA. I decided after my parent’s encounters that I couldn’t keep going the direction I have been going and decided changes were in order.
I quit smoking cold turkey exactly on July 10, 2012 and knew I was gonna have to do something to help fend off the urge to smoke so I chose running as my crutch and medication so I started running on September 8, 2012. As of today I have not picked up a smoke, fully changed my diet, lost around 20 pounds, have run five 5k’s, two 10k’s, an 8 mile trail race in the mountains of Wyoming, a Marathon in the mountains of Colorado and have logged over 850 miles over the last 12 months. I have also signed up for two more 5k’s and a Half Marathon to close out 2013. I hope to break through my goal of 1,000 miles for the year of 2013 and am currently just over 750 miles into this goal. I also plan on running a 50k Ultra Marathon in the spring of 2014.
As an added note, I recently learned that a cousin of mine has been following my Journey very closely. Through complications with an infection, he had to have one of his legs amputated below the knee and is now being fit for prosthetics. He has told me of his desire to run again and how much I inspire him so I have promised to run a race with him when he is ready and able. It amazes me that he looks to me for inspiration when he is actually the one who inspires and motivates me now!
I have learned over the last year that it is never too late to make changes and that your changes may not be just be for you but may also be the inspiration or motivation someone else needed to do the same.
09.07.13 • 3:17:pm #275
- This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by pupdawg.
San Antonio, TX
Two years ago, my low back problems took a turn for the worse. I herniated two lumber discs and that led to the discovery of stenosis, scoliosis and an unstable lower back. The doctors said that the herniations weren’t a thing out of the ordinary but that for my instability, they couldn’t do anything but fuse my back. That meant 9 disc levels, 18 pins and that I wouldn’t be able to run ever again. I had been out of work on disability about 6 months due to barely being able to walk so I decided that I needed to take the risk, get the surgery and move on with my life. 7 months after surgery, I was back at work, 100% fused, but I could not run. My left leg muscles had atrophied so badly from the injury that hip flexors did not respond to running. I returned to the gym right about the same time I returned to work and started strength training and low and behold, two weeks ago, I tried running while on a walk and I was able to run! I immediately went to a running store, bought some shoes and got on the road. I ran my longest distance today since two years ago, 4 miles. It feels amazing specially after someone says you won’t be able to run again! Be safe but never give up!
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