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We had the chance to catch up with Howard Silverman who just completed his 13th marathon and we wanted to know more about what motivates Howard at 63 to lace up his shoes and get running everyday!
Howard: Growing up, I was totally un-athletic. The closest thing to a “sport” I played was bowling. In my late 20’s, I decided to join a gym that had a small track. That track motivated me to start running. First, I tried running just a single time around the track. Then, two times around. Soon I was running around the block outside!
Eventually, I decided to participate in races, mostly 10k’s. At 34, I ran my first marathon! After the marathon, business life and family commitments with three young children consumed my time. I ended up taking 20 years off of running, and I gained 100 pounds in the process! I was placed on medication for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. At 54, I decided to start running again and managed to lose the weight I had gained. Now, at 63, I have been running consistently for almost 10 years. Running has helped me take back my health and I’ve come off of all of the medications!
Howard: Good, overall health motivates me to run. Running helps not only my physical health but my emotional, mental, and spiritual health as well. Also, I love the immediate sense of accomplishment you experience with running. There is a sense of gratification that comes with completing a run that is difficult to find elsewhere.
Howard: My friends have told me after my marathon the first words out of my mouth were, "Give me Oreos or give me death!"
Howard: The thrill of competing alongside other runners from around the world in the NYC Marathon has inspired me to continue progressing in my running.
Howard: I like that the Gone for a Run Virtual Races are designed as virtual races rather than in consolation for a canceled race. The distinguishing feature of running the “Miami” or the “Buffalo” marathon is the location. A virtual marathon that is designed as such is appealing and fulfilling. Also, the online community at Gone for a Run is something I find encouraging.
Howard: My advice to new runners is to "have fun and stick with it!"