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1. Get a complete physical. This includes your heart. Joggers over 40 suffer heart attacks; e.g., Jim Fixx, author of "The Complete Book of Running."

2. Ice your knees for 20 minutes after you run to reduce inflammation. Long-term, ice beats Advil.

Like Rog, I have found running tough on my knees. Last summer I felt extreme pain after running 12 miles, and on Christmas Day I felt pain after 5 miles.

For the past month a chiropractor has done Active Release on my knees to get the cells under my knee-caps to point in a north-south direction. Now these cells point in random directions, he says. For the past few weeks I ran 1 mile, three times a week. Now I am at two miles. My chiropractor wants me to gradually add miles and then stop if I feel pain.

3. How do ordinary people train to run a marathon? This link from PBS is helpful. One of the "ordinary" people from the hour-long special is Jonathan Bush, CEO of Athena Health (ATHN) and George Bush's cousin. Another aspiring marathoner is Steve DeOssie, who was a long-snapper on the 1990 Super Bowl Champs New York Giants. DeOssie's son Zak was on the Giants' team that upset the 18-0 Patriots in last week's Superbowl.

4. Good luck!

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