Originally Posted by gdl203
Thanks for the advice.
A marathon (or even half) is a bit out there for someone of my age who's never ever run. I'll take it one step at a time. I just signed up for the 5K before the NYC Marathon in Central Park on Nov 3.
A half marathon is probably much more accessible than you think, and given no medical complaints or injuries and a sensible fitness program and plenty of time to build slowly I think pretty much anyone can do one as long as the goal is to do it, not to do it fast. I spectated at the Great North Run the weekend before last which is a 50,000 or so entry half marathon and there were people of every shape, size and age crossing the finish line, albeit slowly for some of them. Distance running is a function of training physically and mentally rather than talent or age though of course those things will help you to go faster..