San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon Here I Come.

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.


Mendy said...

I can't beleive that the SD marathon is this weekend! You're gonna do great. Man, if I was loosing weight for those types of prizes, I KNOW I would hit my goal. Good luck to you, I know it will work out perfectly for you!

Good luck this weekend!!!

Jess said...

Good luck!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I'll give you everything I can. Hopefully it will help...and I won't talk your ear off too bad. ;-)

K80K said...

You're going to do awesome. I can't wait to read the report.

Bob Gentile said...

I am hoping for a 4:45 time for my first marathon, but will take anything short of a DNF.
Good Goal ... ENJOY the moments, it's ur first of Many :-) and yes NO dnf crawl ur ass in if need be !!

You will have a great time with with Chad!

Keep up on ur Fuel and I look forward to ur report!!

Best Wishes!!

Mary Gee said...

Have a great race. I cannot wait to read the full report!

J~Mom said...

Goooooooood luck!!! Have a great time and enjoy the experience!!

jay_say said...

I know your already gone... as Chad went to pick you up... by good vibes are being sent your way! Take care of yourself and Chad while your there... See you when you get back :-)

Jeff said...

Eric -- Congrats on your first marathon finish!

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,

I'm so curious to know how it went. You have to tell us all about it.

Mary Gee said...

How did it go?