Bill Rancic – husband to E!’s Giuliana Rancic and doting dad to Duke – will be participating in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3rd. The Giuliana & Bill star has partnered with Timex to train with the brand’s next-generation GPS innovation – the TIMEX IRONMAN Run Trainer 2.0 GPS watch – which provides real-time pace, distance and heart rate data.
Bill recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop on life with his son – and shared more information about the marathon.
CBS: You’ll be running in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon on November 3 – how did you get involved with this event?
BR: “It’s funny; I’ve run a couple of marathons in the past and Giuliana and I have always been runners. An opportunity came up where I could raise money for breast cancer, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t say ‘no’ to. I am actually starting the race dead last, which is an interesting twist. There is going to be almost 50,000 runners and I will be the last one leaving the finish line. For every person I pass, Timex is going to donate $1 to Giuliana’s breast cancer awareness charity called Fab-U-Wish.”
CBS: Timex will donate $1 to Giuliana’s charity, Fab-U-Wish, for every person you pass in the race – will you have someone running with you to keep count?
BR: “Everything is monitored electronically now. For instance, they put this device on your ankle or wherever you want to wear it and it logs how many people you pass. Modern technology is amazing.”
CBS: Have you ran in marathons before? What is your average time in finishing one?
BR: “I have. I ran a marathon in my late 20’s and I ran one when I was 30 years old. Now I am 42, so it is a little bit of a different ball game. It is certainly more challenging, and I am doing this a lot smarter than I have in the past. Fortunately, Timex has the latest and greatest technology…it’s essentially like having a trainer on my wrist. It tracks my heart rate and calculates my miles, so it definitely helps with my training and allows me to work a little bit smarter.
I don’t know what my average time is, but my goal is to finish at right around four hours. That would be great for me and I would be really happy with that. I’ve run the Chicago Marathon twice and finished right around four hours or just over four hours. That’s my goal and we will see what happens on race day! Fingers crossed that I can cross the finish line and come in with a good time.”
CBS: You’re obviously fit and most likely eat healthy – what are your favorite meals?
BR: “It’s funny! My appetite has been just ferocious throughout my marathon training; I have been eating everything and anything I can get my hands on. I am logging in so many miles each week and it’s been great. I eat a lot of salmon and try to eat healthy, but lately I’ve been binging on cookies and cheeseburgers just to get the calorie intake.”
CBS: How do you juggle fatherhood, working in Chicago, running a production company and doing your reality show?
BR: “We bring Duke with us. He comes to work with me and he also comes on my training runs with me. I’ve got this great jogging stroller and he loves going out there and logging the miles with me. We make it work and, at the end of the day, our son is our number one priority. Everything else comes after him and we make sure that he is taken care of and happy. Our goal is to spend as much time with him as we can and that’s what we do. We slowed down a lot in other areas.”
CBS: Now that Duke is 1 – has he reached any milestones?
BR: “He is babbling a lot and starting to walk a little bit. He hangs onto things while walking. His personality is definitely showing through, which is great. He’s got a great disposition and is always laughing and smiling. He loves hanging out with me, which is a lot of fun.”
CBS: Congrats on your 6th year wedding anniversary – did you and Giuliana do anything special on the date?
BR: “We went to a restaurant in New York that is owned by a friend of ours. We had a nice time. It was a very low-key, easy night and we went to bed early.”
CBS: You asked Delphine – the surrogate who carried Duke to give you another child – your heart must have been racing when you visited her in Denver. Will the viewers get the answer in an upcoming episode?
BR: “We are still working with her on that and are making sure that that’s the right direction to keep going. We are working it out and hopefully we will have some good news soon.”
CBS: You two are building a home in Chicago – will you keep a permanent home in Los Angeles too?
BR: “For now, we will go back and forth, but I think our long-term goal is to raise our child in Chicago and have him go to school there. That’s where all of our family is and there are a lot of cousins, aunts, and uncles there. When Duke is starting school, it makes more sense for us to start him out there.”
CBS: What advice can you give to new dads?
BR: “I try to be as involved as possible. I am very hands-on and very involved in every aspect of his life. I think I’ve taken on a role, and more dads are, where I’m changing diapers and helping with the feeding. Thirty years ago, things were a little bit different and that type of role wasn’t quite as socially acceptable.”
CBS: Do you have any fun Halloween plans for Duke this year?
BR: “That’s Giuliana. She is big into the holidays and things like that. She is already planning out his Halloween costume, so stay tuned!” [laughs]
CBS: Are there any plans for Duke to meet Santa this year?
BR: “Of course! Of course he is going to meet Santa. That’s big in our house. He got a glimpse of him last year when he was very young, and he will definitely be ready for Santa this year.”