Marathon Training Week 5


The weeks are ticking off quickly as I look towards running the Detroit Marathon in October. I am now 25% through my training program and I am amazed at how quickly the miles add up while training for a full instead of the half’s that I have trained for in the past.

This morning I got my 10 mile long run in and towards the end of mile 7 my legs were starting to feel a little heavy. I was definitely looking forward to the foam roller when I got back to the house and started to cool down. The mornings for the most part have been great for runs and I have put many miles on the trail in the picture.

My easy and tempo or hill runs these past couple of weeks have been going great as well and I am truly looking forward to vacation to get some miles in northern Michigan, where there are more hills than Richmond. My long runs I am continuing to use the Galloway  run/walk/run method as it has helped keep me injury free and helps me go those longer distances.

The weight continues to come off as well, even though I may have been cheating some on my paleo diet. I have insisted that pizza and beer are my cheat foods! I am sure this will not change any during vacation. Exercise and portion control is working great as well.

I am looking forward to joining up with a non-profit to raise money as I train for the marathon. Make sure to keep an eye out for that announcement as I hope to bring some support to a great organization that I fell in love with nearly twenty years ago. In the mean time, continue running!

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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