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After the last summer Olympics (summer of 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 2000, weight training was added to my exercise routine. My weight training included 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. In February 2001, 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 required 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 ran the AIDS Marathon in Dublin, Ireland last year. I have continued to train and I ran the DC marathon in March, 2002. I have signed up for the AIDS Marathon Taining Program again and hope to increase my pace from 13 minutes per mile to 12.5 minutes per mile. This year I am performing my weithg training on the same days as my two maintenance runs. Last year I lifted over 1.7 Million pounds and ran more than 500 miles during the training for the AIDS Marathon. 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 for the 2002 AIDS Marathon:
  1. The longest distance run in one workout is 16 miles
  2. My weights routine is up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions
  3. The heaviest weight I lift is 260 pounds
  4. My current weight is 198 pounds
  5. I am running at a pace of 5.2 miles per hour on the treadmill
  6. The total distance I have run in training is 141 miles.

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