Over the next 9 months I will use my weekly Blog to:
- Answer questions that my readers have asked me about my 14 years of running marathons around the world.
- Update my readers on the status of the 14-year commitments that I made in 1999.
- Let my readers know “What’s next for Bob Rebello – 2013 and beyond?”
Today’s Blog will focus on 1 question, and an update on the status of my 14-year commitments.
Question: How is your 20 week Copenhagen Marathon Training Program going?
I am in the 12th week of my 20 week 550 mile training program for the Copenhagen marathon and everything is going as I planned. I have not missed any days of training and my knee that I injured in last year’s Antarctica marathon has not been a problem during and after my training runs. I am running all of my important long runs on Saturday mornings in Coronado because it is a very flat course – there are no hills or cement which is the same type of course that I will run in Copenhagen [Flat as a Pancake] . I start my long runs at 9:30 in the morning which is the same time as the start time of the Copenhagen marathon.
On March 17th I finished a 12 mile long run under some difficult weather conditions – wind and rain – finishing in an average time of 45 seconds slower than my marathon pace. My Saturday long run schedule for the next 8 weeks will start to get a little more difficult as I approach the marathon on May 20th. The schedule starting on March 24th is as follows: 18, 20, 12, 20, 12, 20, 12, and 8 miles. My goal on each of my long runs is to run at least 3 miles at marathon pace and to finish in an average time of 30 seconds slower than my marathon pace.
My weekly Copenhagen training program consists of the following:
M: Cross train 2 Hours [Stationary bike for 1 hour, weights and core/leg exercises for 1 hour].
T: Speed Runs: [8x1/2 mile @8:45 pace]
W: Intervals [4 miles @ marathon pace]
TH: Easy Run [6 miles with 3 miles @ marathon pace]
F: Cross train 2 Hours [Stationary bike for 1 hour, weights and core/leg exercises for 1 hour].
S: Long Run at 30 seconds slower than marathon pace.
Commitments Update: [1999 to 2012]
As you can see from my 14-year commitments status I have received three new donations since my last week’s update – my 14-year total is now at $84,130.00 – if you would like to join the 1,090 people who have donated over the last 14 years please click here. I am now closer to my goal of running more miles than the circumference of the earth as I have now run 23,739 miles over the last14 years.
BOB REBELLO’s 14-YEAR COMMITMENTS AND STATUS [05/23/1999 to 12/31/2012]
- Commitment: To raise $100,000.00 for kidney cancer research in memory of my brother John.
Status: OPEN - Raised $84,130.00 – I only need $15,870.00 to meet my commitment.
- Commitment: To ensure that 100% of all donations go directly to kidney cancer research.
Status: COMPLETE – The $84,130.00 raised went directly to kidney cancer research as I
paid all of the expenses. [Air, Hotel, Stamps, Printing, Photos, etc.]
- Commitment: To bring worldwide awareness about kidney cancer.
Status: COMPLETE – I brought worldwide awareness about kidney cancer through my travels
and my website that has had 5,600 visits from over 100 countries and all
50 US States.
- Commitment: To finish marathons on all 7 continents by December 31, 2012
Status: COMPLETE – I finished marathons on all 7 continents.
- Commitment: To finish a marathon someplace in the world every year for 14 years.
Status: OPEN – Finished 17 marathons in 13 countries. Also finished11 half marathons, 5 10k’s,
& 7 5k’s for my charity.
- Commitment: To run more miles [races + training] than the circumference of the earth [24,901.5].
Status: OPEN – I have run 23,739 miles – I only need to run 1,162.5 miles over the next
You can follow my weekly progress on: Twitter [http://twitter.com/bobrebello], Facebook[http://facebook.com/Worldwidemarathons], Website [www.bobrebello.com].
Have a great day,