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Shelby Township,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:


16:52 Phillies Charities 5k (2016)

35:52 Beach to Beacon 10k (2015)

58:10 Broad Street 10 Mile (2016)

1:16:02 Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon (2015)

2:46:54 Philadelphia Marathon (2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

List of Possible 2020 Races

March 15: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile Gravel Race

March 28: Dirty 30 Gravel Race

April 4: Lowell Spring Classic 33 Mile

April 18: Barry Roubaix 36-Mile Gravel Race

May 02: Black Fork Gravel Grinder 54 Mile

May 30: Hellkat 50 Gravel Race

June 20: Cow Pie Classic 33-Mile Gravel Race

July 26: The Divide 34-Mile Gravel Race


Sept 13: Uncle John's Dirty Ride 56-Mile Gravel Race

Sept: Michigan Mountain Mayhem 40-Mile Gravel Race

Oct 31: Lowell Classic Gravel Race 32 Mile



I live in Michigan with my wife, Megan. I started running in September 2010.

(Please note that Strava links might contain blog inappropriate langauge)


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 12.30 Month: 123.40 Year: 123.40
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Saucony A6 Lifetime Miles: 221.96
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 603.95
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 443.70
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 555.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 413.30
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 2297.75
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 727.45
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 465.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 740.87
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 730.60
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 7560.80
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 469.00
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Lifetime Miles: 230.20
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Lifetime Miles: 165.45
Wahoo Kickr Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: 9th street to the Heritage Trail out and back - 6.8 miles, averaged 8:06. Did some strides after 6 miles. 

PM: North side - 5.2 miles, averaged 7:51

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 5.20Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.80
Weight: 0.00
From Bam on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 at 04:18:15 from

Cheeky little 15ker this weekend - expecting big things...

From Jason D on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 at 08:51:54 from

It is an important race. A true test of my LT and an idea of where I should be for my half, even though I have a really good idea on both.

From Jason D on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 at 08:58:34 from

I am also seeking coach Bam's advice (in addition to that of others) on whether or not to do my half marathon workout 7-10 days out or just focus on easy runs and use this weekend as the final indicator. Two weeks to my half and I usually do some bigger workout at goal pace. I've done 7 x 1 mile w/ 1:30 jogs and I have done the Hanson's 4 x 2 mile with half mile jog (more of a pace tuning workout, though I wouldn't say it is "easy").

I've done both workouts in the past and run almost exactly the same pace in the race. This time I would modify the Hanson version somewhat.

From Bam on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 at 09:07:04 from

You'll need to do something between the 15k and the half. Maybe bang in the middle so that you fully recover from the 15k and have time to recover from the session before the half.

The 15k, the session, and the half would then become three good workouts in 3 weeks, which is fine. Remember, the goal is the marathon.

I'd also suggest some strides in between the 15k and the workout and then some more strides between the workout and the half - just to keep the legs turning over.

From SlowJoe on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 at 09:48:07 from

I like Bam's idea of doing it in the middle. Really, I think 7 or 8 days is enough time to fully recover from a HM workout as long as it isn't within a 20-miler or something. For me, the 2 x 5k (2 min jog inbetween) was a pretty good predictor, though the other ones you mentioned sound good too.

From Jason D on Wed, Apr 03, 2013 at 18:49:32 from

I'm fine with doing a workout in the middle. I planned on one but I wanted to see what you thought. The marathon is the goal, but the half is definitely a goal race for me as well. I've been doing my strides more regularly, so I will continue with those as well. longish workout would also give some points toward a short long run, which I will have a bit of trouble getting in this month. I'll get my miles from races and workouts, but the only long run I have planned is my big workout on the 28th.

7-8 days does sound good, Joe. Enough to benefit from, but enough to fully recover as well. Longer reps with shorter rest is probably a good idea since it gives you a 10k tempo broken up, which is plenty.

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