Each week, the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon chooses a runner to spotlight as the Michelob ULTRA Runner of the Week. Whether you’re training for a full marathon, going out on the weekend for a long run or getting back into the swing of running, the race loves to showcase its runners.
The marathon is proud to partner with Michelob ULTRA, the Official Malt Beverage sponsor of the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon. Michelob ULTRA will be sending each winner a prize pack.
Want to be the runner of the week or know someone who should be? Tag your pictures with #freepmarathon and #runneroftheweek on social media for a chance to be featured.
How long you’ve been running: Six years.
Your running story, and if you feel comfortable, your latest PR or race times: I’ve always been a pretty active guy, but health and fitness has really become a huge part of my life in the last 5 years or so. When I was 20, I balked at the idea of running two miles. Now, nearing age 30, I’ve completed dozens of 5K and 10K races, as well as four Tough Mudders, a Spartan Super and other obstacle races. My fastest 5K time is 22 minutes, 14 seconds, and my PR in the 10K is 48:19, but I’ve never run a half marathon! I signed up for the Freep this year as a celebration of my fitness journey, and to compete my first-ever half just before my 30th birthday. Obviously, the celebration will look a bit different than what I envisioned when I signed up back in January. And unfortunately, a recent bout with COVID has derailed my training somewhat. But now I have a chance to not only celebrate reaching my fitness goals, but also beating the coronavirus. I’m looking forward to hitting Year 30 at full speed!
How many miles do you run per week: 10-20.
Favorite running song: “Still Running” by Chevelle.
Favorite post-run snack: Those banana nut muffins they serve after the Wayne County Lightfest run are pretty magical.
Best piece of training advice: The answer to faster 5K and 10K times isn’t simply running more. Mix in some weightlifting and intervals (like circuits and HIIT) into your training to build muscle mass and strength. When I started doing that, my times dropped considerably, even though I was actually running less.
Do you run for any charities: This year in running with Team World Vision, who is raising funds to provide clean water to people in need around the globe.
Are you planning on running in any Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank events in 2020: Virtual half marathon!
Follow Peter on Facebook and Instagram @spartanschultz. To learn more about World Vision’s life-saving work or to donate, visit his fundraising page at www.teamworldvision.org/participant/Peter-Schultz.