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Christine Luff

It's Never Too Late to Start Running

By February 19, 2008

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I was talking to my mom today about her plans to run the More Half-Marathon in April. What amazes me most is not just that she's running half-marathons at 58 years old, but the fact that she only started running about five years ago.

Dr. Vonda Wright, a professor of orthopedics at the University of Pittsburgh and a 40-year-old runner, recently studied people who kept running as they got older or began competing in middle age. She wanted to find out what happens to them and at what age does performance start to decline. One of her findings confirmed what my mom had already proved to me: You're never too old to start running.

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August 12, 2009 at 6:55 pm
(1) Cari-Fit says:

I agree! Check out my article on this 60-year old runner: http://www.cari-fit.com/2009/08/think-you-are-too-old-to-start-running-think-again/

October 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(2) Florence says:

Wow, She inspired me to keep running after my first marathon. I am 53 years old and I am going to run my firt half marathon on 10/24/2010 in Los Angeles. I started running on November 2009.

March 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(3) Tara. York, PA says:

Thank you so much for posting this. I googled exactly that, “Is it too late to start running at 36″ and your post came up. It was everything I needed to hear and more, very inspirational and a job well done to your mom for being motivated and not intimidated! Thank you again. You have made a difference. :)

March 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm
(4) running says:

Thanks for your comment, Tara! Very happy to hear that you agree it’s never too late to start running. Good luck to you with your running!

September 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm
(5) Carol says:

I’m 65 years old and have had good health. I speed walk and started running or jogging in-between the walking. Then one day I thought maybe I shouldn’t be running/jogging, I might start having knee problems, etc.

I know that running/jogging can effect your joints because of the pounding on the cement. Should I be OK with continuing to speed walk and then jog or should I stick with just speed walking.

So, far everything is working well, I could pass for 50 and I feel great.
Thank you,


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