Former LSU offensive lineman and 9 time NFL Pro Bowler Alan Faneca ran his first marathon Sunday in 3:56:17. Faneca has lost more than 100 pounds since retiring from the NFL and began training for the New Orleans Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon back in October. Per RunnersWorld.com...
During his training, Faneca focused on running for time instead of distance and incorporated intervals and long runs in order to meet his goal of breaking 4 hours. He said his discipline from his football days helped keep him on track while training for the marathon.
“I was always very strict in my training, taking notes and writing things down,” he said. “I had something to lean on.”
He picked the New Orleans race because it’s close to his home just outside the city limits and his 8-year-old daughter Annabelle, and 2-year-old son Burton could go.
Faneca played at LSU from 1994 to 1997 and was a first round draft pick in 1998 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played for the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals, earning nine-time All Pro and Pro Bowl selection as well as a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in 2006.