I've been reading these posts for quite a while and I've been intending to start running too but still haven't done it. I wonder if I'm too old at 56?
I hated running at school but have always loved walking and can walk a mile in 17 minutes (which is probably slow). However, I feel I need to do something radical as my stamina is poor and I'm about 1.5 stone overweight. I've also had a horrendous few years, caring for my mum through a traumatic series of events culminating in her death two years ago. Add to that starting a new business and relationship problems and I feel like literally running away from everything!!
I'm not on any medication, have normal blood pressure and no cardiac or any other health issues as far as I know. I have never smoked. But I do wonder if I might have a heart attack if I start running. Two young runners died recently in the Cardiff half marathon. Also I believe Jim Fixx, the running guru died of a heart attack.
Sorry for the long post and all views welcome!