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About the author
Charlie Calhoun has been a life long educator and a fitness enthusiast for over 50 years. His career was spent teaching Science, and Health in middle schools and high school. Now he is a professor of Health and Fitness at Westchester Community College in New York.
Like most youngsters I liked playing sports of baseball, soccer, football, basketball and others. While attending Manhattan College I learned about soccer and played on the varsity, a team made up mostly of foreign students. In 1967 few Americans played soccer. I put in extra work to develop skill with both feet and to my great surprise won the team Most Valuable Player award for the 1967 season. I’m still amazed and proud of that to this day.
In my twenties I learned about vitamin and mineral supplements and their value. I was eating high fiber meals and also playing lots of basketball and running during those years. I became a roadrunner in my twenties and by age 30 was competing in races as long as half marathons (13.1 miles). I ran pretty well actually winning a couple of championships and setting personal bests of:
Marathon 2:46 6:19 per mile
Half marathon 1:18 5:57 per mile
The finish line 1983 New York City Marathon
Those times still impress me today. Now much older (67), I still love to work out on a daily basis. Running is my first love but swimming and shooting baskets are great fun too. Last week I ran three strong 7+ mile runs on the hilly wooded trails in the Rockefeller Preserve in Sleepy Hollow, NY. And best of all it was fun and I felt strong the entire way. I feel so blessed to be able to do those things. I credit the ideas found in this book with enabling me to maintain my health and fitness to this point in my life. I feel very fortunate and appreciate it everyday.
The picture above shows me finishing the New York City Marathon. But I don’t feel finished. Who knows, I might still be running thirty years from now. And I hope you are as well.