Marathon Training: So Far, So Good

I have now completed two weeks of my marathon training and am 18 weeks away from the Detroit Marathon!

The first couple weeks of training has went more or less as planned. My long runs of 6 and 7 miles went well, although the 7 miler this past Sunday felt somewhat sluggish. to my detriment the 12 mile bike ride the day before did not help. I am looking forward to incorporating cycling into my cross training, however, knowing that I need to build that up as well and cannot go all out right away.

I stunned myself during my tempo run this past Wednesday as I accomplished back-to-back miles under 9 minutes! When my average time is usually over 10 minutes/mile this was great.

Fueling was great and I am relying on Hammer Gels to fuel and Muscle Milk for recovery. I am also still trying to stick with a Paleo Diet, with certain cheat foods, like Pizza and the beer I am drinking right now. Cutting down on sugar has been huge though and lower carbs have also had a great impact.

That is it for now. I am excited the children are out of school for the summer and that means maybe I can attempt to sleep in on Mondays. Until next time…

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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