Marathon Training Week 5

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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!

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Pushing It To The Next Level

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Here we go!!!

A funny thing happened along the way as I look towards turning 40. No, I am not there yet, but it is less than a year away! I started running about 9 years ago, and at that time it was more of just something I thought I would try.

This is after growing up and participating in sports where running was the punishment. I played one year of football when I was in fourth grade and because I did not hit properly the coach made me run around the entire area where we were practicing (which was at least a 1/4 mile). That was enough of me playing football! I played tennis all four years in high school and of course some running was involved but I did not think anything about it. I had friends that played soccer and ran cross country, and I thought that the distances they were running were just insane.

So, here I find myself now. Approaching my 40th birthday with a new goal on my mind. That goal is to complete the Detroit Marathon on October 16; my first full marathon before I turn 40! No, I just did not decide to do this on a whim. Since 2009 I have ran 5 half-marathons and a 25k. So much for the boy that grew up detesting running.

My official training started this morning with an easy 4 mile out and back run that felt pretty good. I am motivated by many things while I look towards race day. They are, not in any particular order:

  1. Setting an awesome example for my children.
  2. Maintaining my health and losing weight (Can I get down to 170 by race day?).
  3. Running the Marathon with my sister (and perhaps beating her). A little sibling rivalry is healthy right?
  4. A sense of accomplishment that I have truly pushed myself to a new level.
  5. And many, many more…

Running for me is a sense to connect with God and is a time of contemplation. For this reason I usually prefer to run by myself. I do listen to podcasts usually while I run and the one that I listened to this morning was true motivation. Runner’s World has just started producing two podcasts that are wonderful and the Human Race  podcast that I listened to this morning feature a conversation with 85 year old Sylvia Wiener, who has completed 75 marathons and thousands of other races after surviving the Holocaust. Stories like this are great motivation as well.

I encourage you to listen to yourself and by chance even to where God may be calling you to push in your life. I know that as I push towards this next goal that I am not alone as Jesus is right along side me and that I can count on all of your support and love. I’ll be sure to keep you updated about my training and other opportunities.

 

 

My Favorite Podcasts!

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So, do you have any favorite podcasts? Do you know what a podcast is? I have been listening to several favorites for the last couple of years as well as adding some newer ones recently.

For those of you still wondering what a podcast is then here you go. A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. As an Apple person, I have these podcasts automatically downloaded to my phone weekly.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite podcasts.

For fun I like to listen to:

Serial – produced by NPR and hosted by Sarah Koenig, this podcast is in its second season as it investigates the case of Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier,  who was released by Al-Queda in a controversial prisoner exchange. Sarah does not take any sides, and presents some interesting facts. The first season centered on Adnan Syed, a convicted murderer, whose conviction and guilt is in question. This is worth your time!

This American Life – another great podcast produced by NPR. This weekly radio show is hosted by Ira Glass and heard by millions of people. The topics vary from week to week, yet they are very relatable as you can imagine some of the situations happening in your own hometown.

KCRW’s Left, Right & Center – This podcast was referred to me by a friend and it brings the political issues of the week into conversation. All viewpoints are presented which does not favor one line of reasoning over another. The hosts of the show do a good job of keeping discussions on a level basis and arguments rarely get heated.

Marathon Training Academy  – for those of you that are runners, this is a great podcast that gives you smart tips for staying healthy while running as well as recaps of races. The guests that hosts Angie and Trevor Spencer have on the show range from authors to ultra runners. I have truly enjoyed this podcast and it motivates me to keep on running. They even have a MTA group that you can become a part of that is very interactive and supportive.

For those of you that like to delve deeper into theological questions and dialog these podcasts are great for both study and reflection. Some even address issues within the church.

200churches – I recently was introduced to this podcast and the creators goal is to present great ideas to small churches, 200 attenders or fewer in worship weekly. I have only listened to a couple of episodes and it has already gained my following.

Preachers on Preaching – this podcast is produced by The Christian Century magazine and is fairly new as well. Each episode has a different pastor discuss their experience with preaching and how they get to sharing the Word.

Working Preacher – this podcast is produced by professors at Luther Seminary, an ELCA seminary. This is a great resource, as well as their website,  for sermon prep.

Pulpit Fiction Podcast – another great resource for sermon preparation. This is probably one of my favorite go-tos if I am struggling to find something in the lessons during the week.

Home-brewed Christianity – Tripp Fuller brings this podcast to life with more in-depth theological discussions. He has some great guests on it all of the time and has actually just recently released a new book.

On Being  – this podcast could be placed in either category. It is great fun listening to some people’s thoughts regarding their faith and viewing themselves as spiritual beings. Krista Tippet asks great questions which truly allows each guest to show their true being. Humanity is at work in this podcast and can be easily related to faith.

Book Review: Racing the Rain by John L. Parker, Jr.

This book follows up Parker’s two other books about Quenton Cassidy, Once a Runner and Again to Carthage.  Once a Runner is a book that must be on every runners must read list. I would argue that the other two are just as good.

In Racing in the Rain, the reader has the opportunity to get to know Quenton from an early age and then continue to grow up through middle school and high school. Many of the characters that are present are recognizable from Parker’s other books. This familiarity pulls you deeper into the story and willing to find out more. Parker writes very well and lays the story out in a way that lets the reader in on the mind of Quenton Cassidy and how he became the runner that he is in the other two novels.

This is book, along with the other two, is great motivation for the person that needs a little fire under their butt to get out and run or simply to get active. It may not work for all people, but it has encouraged me to lace up the running shoes and put some time in.