The official count down is on. With just under 46 hours, I will be running my first marathon. I have a wonderful pacer/crew that is accompanying me for as long as his knee can hold up. Chad. I did find a wonderful quote for someone that is willing to do that. "A race is just a race, but a friend who paces you is a friend for life." - Joseph Franko.
We leave in the early am tomorrow and get our packets and check out Dean Karnazes at the expo. The start of the race on Sunday is 6:30am California time. I am hoping for a 4:45 time for my first marathon, but will take anything short of a DNF.
My tapering for the race is more like a cliff, I feel that I have tapered too much, but isn't that the way it usually feels with a taper. After the race, I am focusing my attention on the gym and shedding 12% of my body fat. I have been tested and got my RMR (resting metabolism rate), VO2 max, and my actual training zones for me.
Here is a printout of the VO2 and training zones from the test.
I am looking forward to the new competition that I entered at Lifetime Fitness. That is the body fat loss challenge. I am at a 26% at the initial weigh-in. I have 2 months to shed off the most fat, and I could win the first place is a package valued at $1,900 or so of massages, personal training, Polar 200 series watch, etc. If my current weight is 204 and I want to loose 12% body fat (not factoring in new muscle) that would be about 25 pounds of fat. That would put me around 180+/- for my body weight. I honestly could care less about the weight, as much as the body fat and feel good about getting rid of the man gut. My trainer, yes there is a trainer assigned to me for the next couple of months to assist me in getting through this competition, feels that I can complete it in the two months, or be really close.
Best of luck to all the runners out there running a race this weekend, and everyone be safe.