Last year when my friend Stu McLaren suggested I try a half marathon, I really thought he was nuts! There was NO way I could do the full marathon, which is 26 miles, but the half marathon at 13.1 miles???? Could I actually finish a half marathon? Hmmm…
The Pre-Race happenings at the Sands Convention Center was very interesting and CROWDED! I met some old friends as well as some new peeps.
Fast forward to December 4, 2011. When I decided to register for the half marathon this year, it wasn’t a matter of if I was finishing, it was about having a plan and improving my time from last year.
This year I had a trainer, Nancy Dickinson, and a plan. What a thought, an actual plan. Last year my plan was to to not stop walking and to finish.This year I was focused on the race in 3 sections. Nancy broke it down into the first 3 miles, then 7 miles then the last 3 miles.
I recorded my various speeds on my metronome and played them throught the race. Last year my average speed for the entire race was 3.3 MPH. This year, by the end of the race my plan was to average 3.6 MPH. Turns out I did a bit better and averaged 3.75 MPH!
In the last mile I found some “NEW” friends. The last mile is the HARDEST! I was wearing a shirt that read on the back”
Help Robby Fight
Obesity and Diabetes!
In that last mile, Linda Lewis Keeney from www.OneBraveThingaDay.com and a few of her peeps came up from behind me…
Linda asked, “Are you Robby?” I said “Yes I am.” One of her peeps ask me, Are you the Robby that was on the Oprah Winfrey Network and I again said yes. We became fast friends in that last mile!
It was an AWESOME Race! I had a BLAST!!!
Until The Next Race…
Keep Being Brilliant,
Robby LeBlanc here on December 1, 2011 and in just 4 days I’ll be part of the 44,000 people that have registered for the the Rock “N” Roll Las Vegas Marathon! That just blows me away that 44, 000 people have actually registered for this once a year Las Vegas event. Last year I believe there were about 30,000 people registered. It will be very exciting. They will be blocking off the entire Las Vegas strip From Tropicanna all the way to downtown from 3 pm till 10 pm.
My trainer, Nancy Dickenson gave her TEAM of Runners/Walkers a workout Schedule to follow, which I have been doing religously. So this week, we are scaling down on the daily miles and focusing on getting rest. Being rested and mentally prepared for the Mararthon is critical. So last night I did a casal 2 miles on the tradmill and came home. This morning I’ll meet with Nancy and the TEAM at the Las Vegas Athlectic Club for a very light workout.
Preparing for a marathon has many moving parts. There is the mental aspect, Diet, Exercise and so on. Part of my daily rituals besides my working out are, checking my Blood Glucose levels and my Blood Pressure. Being a diabetic I have to keep a keen eye on all my numbers. I need to check my feet first thing in the morning for any cuts, blisters or maybe something that may be stuck in my foot, like a pin that I may not feel due to Daibetic Neuropathy.
In training for this marathon, I have had to put on some serious miles on a weekly basis. The more miles I put on, the more wear and tear on my feet! So I have been finding myself checking my feet and Bloob Gluscose levels more regularily. This morning I woke and checked my blood and it was 110. This is higher than usual for me, as I’m usually in the 90-100 area. This just tells me I need to keep a keen eye my food choices today.
To Better Health…
Keep Being Brilliant,