Never too late or too old to start getting fit!

I thought that at 43, I would have been one of the oldest people to start running and felt a bit subconscious about it, to be honest.

However, with the likes of Ernestine Shepherd and Chau Smith (70 and 80 respectively), I learned that it's never too late to start.

Ernestine is also a body builder, but she runs everyday - and she's 80!!

Chau Smith started running at 48 and now she's 70 and now look at her!

I'm focusing on running first, then once I've got a decent routine, I'll focus on fitness.


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12 Replies

  • You're probably in the younger category here so lucky you!

    No such thing as old age. It's a myth.

  • Your age is great for running purposes. Loads of us here left it very late but no matter. Better late than never. I am encouraged at races to see loads of older runners. Some very quick too

    Good luck. Have fun 🙂

  • I was marshalling at a triathlon at the weekend and the oldest person to complete the course (1.2mile swim, 56 mile bike followed by a half marathon) was a lady in the 70-74 year category and she did it in 7hours and 8 minutes. My 17 year old son also completed it in 6 hours and 15 minutes to prove that age has no boundaries.

  • There are many older runners here on the board and out and about. You're almost a spring chicken. Those two women certainly inspiring. Good luck with your running and fitness journey!

  • I never thought I'd be called a spring chicken at 43 - thanks for that!

  • No age at all!!!!!

    Just don't get ideas about running every day like them............that will take a considerable time.

    I loved your typo..........., subconscious about running.........that is deep....

  • Oh to be 43 again!

    Running clubs and Crossfit boxes and bodybuilding gyms are full of people in their forties, fifties, sixties, seventies...

    you are never to old become a better version of you

  • I'm 51 and on week 5. Not going to lie, it's bloody hard ! But I'm buggered if I'm going to give in. She really is just a number 😂 x

  • I like your name. I wish I'd called myself Jamtoday! Running. Yes. Hurts. Am starting at 66 but am in better shape to start now than the last several times I vowed to get fit. No longer deskbound, time to spare, fresh air, scenery - and a good Pilates teacher and physio. Different eras - pros and cons. Plus now has this forum and system. All v good.

  • I'm 56 and I only started running 7 weeks ago. Regret not doing it when I was younger, but making up for lost time. I'm determined to finish this!

  • I am 48 and started to run for the first after years of inactivity about 8 weeks ago. i did my week 8 run 1 today and managed mins successfully.To me age is just a number

  • I meant I managed 30 mins successfully in my week 8 run 1

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