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Last November (November, 2000) I came to the realization that at the age of 52, if I ever wanted to participate in an athletic event like a marathon, I had better get started. I joined the Aspen Hill Health Club to start toning up and loosing weight in preparation for running a marathon. I had no idea about what marathon I would run, just that I needed to start preparing for one. My trainer at Aspen Hill, Pat Ghazarian, suggested that I start with just a cardiovascular workout for a month and after that we would add some weight training. When I started my workouts, I weighed 215 pounds and was definitely out of shape. I started my exercise program by splitting my workout between a cross-trainer (15-20 minutes) and a treadmill (40-45 minutes). My initial cross-trainer difficulty setting was 5 (out of 20) and I ran 1.9 miles. On the treadmill, my initial speed was 3.7 miles per hour and I ran 1.25 miles. In December, the weight training was added to my exercise routine. My weight training includes 11 pieces of equipment for legs, arms, back, and abdominal muscles. The initial exercise routine was to perform 2 sets of 12 repetitions on each piece of equipment. My typical weekly schedule is to alternate between the cardiovascular training and the weight training five or six days a week. In February, I saw an advertisement for the AIDS Marathon Training program. Choosing to participate in the AIDS Marathon was easy when I saw that it was for a great cause and it came with a training program. The AIDS Marathon training program started in May, 2001 and requires three runs a week. Two of the runs are on my own and must be for a minimum of 30 minutes. The third run is with my AIDS Marathon pace group and is held on the weekends. The pace group runs start at a length of 3 miles and go up to a full length marathon trial of 26.2 miles. I will be alternating my weight training with my AIDS Marathon runs to created a weekly training schedule.

I do keep a record of my training progress and will provide more of it as time permits. Here is a quick summary of my current status:
  1. The longest distance run in one workout is 26.2 miles
  2. My weights routine is up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions
  3. The heaviest weight I lift is 225 pounds
  4. The total amount of weight I have lifted is 1.7 Million pounds
  5. My current weight is 198 pounds
  6. I have progressed to a difficulty level of 15 on the cross trainer
  7. I am running at a pace of 5 miles per hour on the treadmill
  8. The total miles I have run in training is 861
Graphs for the cumulative miles I have run during training, and for the cumulative weight I have lifted during training are on line.

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