My training for the San Jose Rock&Roll half marathon is complete. Now all I have to do is stay healthy enough to do the actual race. I will remain in rest and recovery mode until race day.
In training for this race, I did (22) 5-mile tempo walks, (1) 8-mile LSD, (3) 10 milers ( two LSDs and one at race pace) and (1) 12 mile LSD. In total, I only spent 7 weeks preparing for this one (which is a record for me), and I didn’t do any gym workouts or cross training of any kind. All I did was walk. I hope it’s enough.
This is both an exciting and important race for me for several reasons. Firstly , because this will be the first half marathon Ive attempted in two years (excluding the 2008 ET midnight marathon which I never count) and I have no idea on how well I’m going to perform. Generally I can push myself a little harder during a half marathon, because I don’t have to worry about stretching my lung power out for 7 or 8 hours, like I would in a full marathon.
Secondly, though Ive heard a lot of good things about this race promoter, I’ve never actually done any of the Rock &Roll marathons. They’re supposed to have tons of live bands performing along the course. How cool is that?
Last but not least, a lot of my friends, from all over the country, including Ms Lizzy, will be doing this race. It’s always nice to have the support of your friends and fellow walker/runners at a fun event like this.
My goal for this race, as with every race I do, is simply to finish it… AND… without making myself sick. Because of my declining lung function I’m not going to able to racewalk very much, so I’m thinking that I’ll probably finish in the 3:15-3:30 range. Pretty slow I know, but considering everything, I think it’s respectable. Of course, if I finish faster, I’ll be bragging out it for sure.
So, everyone cross your fingers for me…..that my lungs behave for the next 13 days.