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expatCanuck Rookie 7 posts since
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May 17, 2012 9:12 AM

any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

I'd like to start running, if only to get to work (or home) more quickly.

I walk the 3.8 miles to/from work as often as not, so I'm not quite a couch potato.

5'11", 175 pounds (5 of which really should go).  51 years young.


I'd welcome hearing from former walkers who've migrated to running

(at least some of the time).




- Richard

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    1. May 17, 2012 4:51 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Take a look at the Couch to 5K plan.




  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    2. May 18, 2012 3:54 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?


    I started out just walking and progressed to certain areas along the route for running, and then extended those areas.  You might try jogging for a half-mile or so out on your regular walks and then eventually increase the pace and the overall distance.  It may take some time to run the entire 5k distance, but the walk/run method is a good way to start. 


    Wishing you all the best.

  • artiefxst Rookie 5 posts since
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    4. May 23, 2012 4:12 AM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Hi Richard it's good to see runners my age starting up.I'm 51 and started running about a year and a half ago.

    I started on the treadmill and when i reached 3 mi. i started to think about doing a 5k race for a charity.That was

    a little over a year ago and since then i have run about 10 races from 5k to a half marathon.I feel great and i'm

    sure you will too.Sign up for a 5k you are fast on your way and it will really motivate you.Just remember to enjoy running,

    alot of people our age can't even think about running.Stay healthy,and run strong.peace.

  • KimDe Rookie 1 posts since
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    5. May 23, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Hi Richard-

    I'm 54, about 70 lbs below my all time high, and I've been running regularly for the past 2 years or so.  I recently completed my 4th half-marathon and have done several 5K's.  I worried about my age and possible joint problems.  I asked an orthopedic surgeon about it and he said as long as I hadn't suffered any previous injuries in my knees or hips, age shouldn't be an issue.  So, I kept on running and now run with a group almost half my age!  It's great and I really don't feel 54 anymore.  I think you'll be surprised at how quickly you'll be able to run the entire distance.  Good luck!

  • JMCCPA Rookie 7 posts since
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    6. May 23, 2012 12:38 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Hello, Richard:

    I am 51.  I started running at 49 and completed two marathons last year.  The body can do it as long as you are smart about it.


    A few suggestions:

    - Be sure to purchase a good pair of running shoes from a qualified running store.  Do not just pick these out yourself from the racks.  Have a professional measure and assess your particular foot and stride characteristics.  This is important in preventing injuries in the older runner.

    - Increase mileage and pace very slowly to prevent injuries.

    - Take a rest day between running days to allow the body to adjust and repair itself from the new stresses and strains you are placing on it.  A couple of days of rest are better than a couple of months of physical therapy.

    - Drink enough both during the exercise and through out the day.  Older runners training in the heat are often bothered by a lack of hydration sooner than the young pups.

    - When you are older, it is often more about the journey than the finish line.  Chose to have fun with it.

    Good Luck!

  • justinw11 Rookie 2 posts since
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    7. May 23, 2012 1:24 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    My thoughts and experience: You should listen to your body and do what doesn't hurt. Increase distance and effort gradually. When I started running again (2+ years ago, after a long hiatus), I would run for a minute and then walk for five minutes. I gradually increased the running and decreased the walking. Even after I got to all running, I kept at least one rest day in between running days. Last year, I trained for my first marathon. I tried to be careful about increasing mileage gradually, and built up to 10 mile long runs.


    Unfortunately, I forgot to follow my own rules, and made a drastic increase in weekly and long run distance. The resulting injury kept me from running for four months. I am now back to training for my first marathon. Hopefully I will not repeat last year's mistake.


    Good luck.


    PS - I'll be 75 this year so 50+ seems pretty young.

  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 226 posts since
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    8. May 23, 2012 1:37 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Good for you for turning your commute into a workout!  I started walking the dog for exercise almost 20 years ago.  Eventually I started powerwalking with handweights and then I started jogging.  10 years later I ran my first marathon.  Last year I did my first Ironman.  Best of luck with you transition into running - you never know where your fitness journey will take you!

  • lucyland Rookie 1 posts since
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    9. May 28, 2012 11:08 AM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    I concur with a C25K plan--building up your miles, finding the right shoes (VERY important), and I'll throw in intervals as recommended by Jeff Galloway.


    Stretching and drinking a recovery drink, such as Fluid Recovery, are crucial. At 53 I just finished a 13.1 (intervals) and am booked for a 5K, a Sprint Duathlon, and a Progressive Marathon. My C25K program was completed at the tender age of 51. Why do this? Because we can!

  • GapsrRunner Rookie 1 posts since
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    10. May 30, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to justinw11)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Hi, congratulations on your continued running at 75!


    I just turned 70 and have been running since I was 35. I have completed 6 marathons, all after 50, but had to curtail running due to heel spurs developing during my 60's. After getting the heel spurs out of the way, I am back to running. I generally run 2-3 miles a day 5-6 days a week. Last year I ran a 5K with my son and granddaughter. I look forward to continue running through my 70's. The only issue I am dealing with now is that I can't seem to get beyound the 3 miles a day without feeling I have run ito the wall. I would like to run 5 milers and hopefully a 10K. Don't know if its something in my diet that I need address to enhance my endurance. any Ideas on this would be greatly appreciated. 

  • Rob Pelletier Amateur 20 posts since
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    11. May 30, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    Some great advice in this thread - read carefully and heed.  If you do get silly and hurt yourself, deal with it (doctor, physiotherapist, whatever is called for) and learn from it.  The lesson is NOT "I guess I'm not suited to running."   It's more likely, "Maybe I should have built up my pace and/or distance more gradually"  or "Maybe I should have bought the right shoes after all!"  A local physiotherapist in my home town says the three main enemies of the new runner are "Too much, too fast, too soon".


    When you go to that qualified running store to buy the right shoes (one of the more important bits of advice in this thread), ask about beginner's running classes - a great way to learn from those who have been around the block a few times and to share the learning experience with new friends.  Some of my best friends are fellow runners...



    I started 3 years ago this month at age 55, I went from being a couch potato (never did anything athletic in my whole lfe) to a beginning runner.  Learned from other runners, and the running program I participated in had guest speakers weekly:  physiotherapist, dietician, respiratory specialist, shoe sales person, clothing/equipment - a wealth of information from people who know lots of relevant stuff.  Last week, at age 58, I ran my first marathon.  Not fast, but an accomplishment that still has my head reeling.  Can't believe that feeling when they put that medal around your neck, or when you put that "26.2' sticker onthe back of your car.  Silly, I know...


    I applaud anyone who takes that first step to better themselves in such a significant way.  I have never been in such good shape - sometimes I have a hard time believing that these muscular legs are actually mine!  I have found my diet has improved, I am in the gym more often, even doing a bit of yoga...


    I was absolutely sure when I started running that I would hate it, get bored quickly, etc.  Still waiting for that to happen... 


    Good luck!


    (from another Canuck)

  • gel52 Rookie 1 posts since
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    12. May 31, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to expatCanuck)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    There are many great responses in this thread. I would suggest that you listen to your body. Yes, there are the normal aches and pains that come with starting to exercise. Then there are indicators from your body that says that something isn't quite right. Take a break and find out what is going on. Perhaps additional time will be needed between workouts.


    Also, there is a lot of great information on concerning nutrition. Theories and practices have changes a lot since high school or college days.


    Be serious about what you are doing, but remember to have fun too.


    Enjoy and be healthy!

  • Joseph W Marquez Rookie 1 posts since
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    14. Jun 3, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to Rob Pelletier)
    any recommendations from 50+ former walkers?

    I appreciate all the individual stories of success and failure here.  I am turning 55 this year and started running 7-8 months ago already sustaining an injury that kept me out for a few weeks.  Lost 20 lbs and I am at high school weight now.  I too would like to finish a marathon and am taking it slow and easy.   Yes, there is a wealth of running information available everywhere and it is good to learn the basics before hitting the pavement.  My injury was the result of poor running form.  Fortunately for me my PT is a marathoner so her advise was great.  I was not blessed with the perfect bio-mechanical body (bow legged, toes flare out and left leg swings out) but I am learning what is the best way to run for my body.  Thanks again....josreb

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