Of Mice and Marathons

July 23, 2019

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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:

Running Races 2019

Detroit Marathon or Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Gravel Races

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 25 or 50 Mile


November 16: Bloomer CX

Nov 30: Le Frost

Long-Term Running Goals:

I'd love to get my marathon time into the 2:3X range or under. Do some gravel races and cyclocross races to keep things interesting.


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: 14.60 Month: 210.90 Year: 2294.35
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 511.20
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 376.80
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 536.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 365.50
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 380.00
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 1301.80
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 533.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 295.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 688.77
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 615.25
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 3652.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 91.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: 8.3 miles, averaged 8:42. HR 137.

PM: Off.

Cold this morning (18 degrees). Megan and I are going to Dearborn this evening for dinner with a colleague.

Apparently there is a Planet Fitness going in directly behind us in the old Hollywood Markets building. It's about a two minute walk at most. I guess if we have to live where we are for another year and a half, having a gym that close is a bonus (our complex gym is terrible.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Miles: 8.30
Weight: 175.40
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 17:16:20 from

I've always been a bit of a gym rat and I love mine (24 Hour Fitness) and I won't apologize for it. The more workout options you have, the easier it is to be consistent.

Sounds like things are working out well for you in Michigan hey?

You still need to road trip up to Bad Axe (Huron County where we Murphy's hail from) and visit Murphy's Bakery. Cabins on Lake Huron at Port Austin are dirt cheap if I recal correctlyl.

From Jason D on Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 17:58:45 from

I like the gym. I have several Planet Fitnesses around, the gym at Oakland University, and a gym at our complex, which works in a pinch but it is often hot and it's basically the size of a large bedroom.

The trip to Murphy's Bakery is on my list. We were supposed to go to Bad Axe, as Megan has a student that told her about a kayaking place. I told her it was essential to stop at Murphy's Bakery.

Things are good in Michigan. A bit of a rough transition for me the first year or so, but things are much better.

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