Rock & Roll training complete

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.

My motto for this race…

me

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14 Comments

  1. kerri says:

    GO STEVE!!
    Rock (and Roll) that race! GO STEVE!!!

    The fingers are crossed, dude!

    (Totally just realized you're doing this race the same day I'm walking Run for the Cure. That's pretty rad. Except you're going waaay farther than me!)

  2. Thanks Kerri, I'm actually thinking of doing a race in Canada next year….

    Btw…What cause are you running for? And are you running it or walking it or both? Better watch out, you might get hooked :-)

    • kerri says:

      DO IT (The Canada race, I mean!)

      The run is for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (as Danielle said :)). I volunteered with the Entertainment Team the last three years and my friend and I decided "Heck, why not do it?"

      I haven't been to any other of these events, but the Run for the Cure has an awesome atmosphere (think sea of pink going down the streets).

      I'm just walking it. I can't get any sort of distance running, so walking was the sensible option! :).

      Hehe, I was thinking the same thing about getting hooked. Hey, we can hope!

  3. Danielle says:

    Hey Steve, I was just thinking of suggesting you come and dazzle us with your walking skills up here! The Ottawa marathon is sometime in May… but you must know more about our races than I do. What are some of the events?

    Run for the Cure is a breast cancer walk/run. Sorry to butt in and answer for ya Kerri!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I have everything crossed that your lungs can hang tough. Rock and Roll!!

    Danielle

    • Danielle, I don't know about "dazzling" anyone, but Ive sure made a few heads turn when I racewalk…

      The race that comes to mind first, is the BMO Vancouver marathon. I think it's in May also. But there are many many others. Im only looking for a half marathon. I'll probably ask my friend and fellow blogger Fran . That guy has run more races in Canada than anyone I know. He's actually paces marathons now. Ive had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times over the years. The last time being the Boston marathon.

      Thanks for crossing your fingers, I need all the positive vibes I can get:-)

      • Danielle says:

        So now you've got me looking for races for you up here. The Calgary half marathon is May 30 2010 and my dad will be doing it : ) But it's something like 3500 feet elevation there so I don't know if I'd recommend it if you're training in SF

        Vancouver Island is beautiful, I would totally suggest that. The Edge 2 Edge half marathon is June 13th 2010

        OK, enough of my planning out your races : )

        • Thanks for the suggestions. I need all the help I can get. I'll look into those races. High altitude..not a problem for me. Ive done races at 7,000 ft. It's usually the constant climbing that gets to me. Even the Las Vegas Marathon, which mostly people believe is at a low elevation, is actually 4,000-5000 ft above sea level.

  4. Amy says:

    Crossing my fingers for you starting right now–

    Live music during a race sounds pretty amazing, actually. And what about a half-marathon in Colorado next year if the altitude isn't a problem? Me & AG would come cheer you on!

    • Thanks Amy! …..That's actually a very strong possibility. It would give me a chance to visit with my partner in crime, Mike, who also lives in Denver. Did you have a particular race in mind?

  5. Tammy says:

    Good luck in San Jose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be thinking of you while I am doing Portland. I know it's your favorite so I'm thinking it will be a fun race :).

    • Hey..Same to you in Portland! I think you'll like it and do well there. Yes, It's one of my favorites and if I was feeling up to it, I'd be there doing it again.

      As they say in Italy. " In boca al lupo! "

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