Return to running in late 60's

by David
(Norwich England)

I am enjoying it-really!

I am enjoying it-really!

I first started running in my late 30's and ran a ran a marathon in Zimbabwe and another here in UK plus a couple of half marathons. However work demands meant i could not give time to training and running stopped. After I retired I started going to gym doing treadmill work etc and that has lead on to returning to running. I have lost nearly 3 stone and I have found I still love the buzz at the start of a race plus getting getting medals and/or T shirts for competing. I have found a runners club that welcomes and encourages the over 60's and of course Parkrun is a great place for newbies to start. I have completed two half marathons and a number of 10K races and love the fact that you can normally find someone running at your pace who is not competitive and happy to chat with and support you on the run.

My main problem now is injury having had an achilles and a knee pain problem. A site dedicated to the 'more mature runner' is a good idea.Personally I found that its a mental battle to make the first step, ( I'm too old, too fat, everyone will laugh) ,but in reality mostly people support you and help you

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Jun 14, 2017
Welcome back to running!
by: Nicole

Thanks for your great story David and congratulations with the weight loss. I too love the buzz and atmosphere of races even if there is a level of stress too! I hope that your injuries heal fast and that you are back running soon.

Aug 05, 2017
Runnin in Later years
by: Alison Doyle

Impressive. I started when I was 55. A 10k was on my bucket list Am also taking a bit of timeout due to knee injury but hoping to start again in the near future. All the best with you running. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks :)

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