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November 17, 2018

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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

March 24: Ann Arbor Half Marathon

April 28: Glass City Marathon

July: Pure Detroit 5k

August 3: Beach to Beacon

September 22: Brooksie Way 10k

October 20: Detroit International Half

Gravel Races

March 16: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile

March 30: Dirty 30

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

July 28: The Divide 34 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 56 Mile

September 28: Michigan Moutain Mayhem 40 Mile


September 7: Alma CX

September 15: Big Bad Wolf

October 12: Beer City Growler

October 26: Bloomer CX

November 24: Detroit Invitational

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: 82.80 Month: 225.75 Year: 2991.52
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 404.70
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Nike Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 265.25
Brooks Launch 3 Red Lifetime Miles: 91.75
Cross Training Minutes 2018 Lifetime Miles: 4034.80
Altra One 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 566.45
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 484.85
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 342.25
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 183.60
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 249.20
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 314.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 97.30
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 51.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 60.50
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 48.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

PM: 7 miles, averaged 8:39. HR 154.

Ran in my Katoola Nanospikes. They are a really nice product. I still slipped a little in the loose snow, but they are great on ice and do provide a good bit more traction on snow. They really stay put too. I had issues with my Yaktrax folding up on me.

Foot feels fine. I assume the uneven ground with snow, grass, ruts, etc would set it off. It felt great to be outside even if I am having trouble creating safe routes (trying to venture out of the my safe space at the park)

Altra One V3 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
From Jon on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 21:01:17 from

I have microspikes, never heard of nanospikes. Interestingly, I bought them not when I lived in Colorado and Utah, but in South Carolina, in case I needed them for Mt Mitchell Challenge.

From Jason D on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 11:03:15 from

They are less aggressive. More like a homemade pair of screw shoes, which work very well but I'm only running in two pairs of shoes at the moment and I'm running on the treadmill a bit.

A guy I had classes with at Purdue is sponsored by them. He uses them in muddy trail conditions in Hawaii and I think he's headed to Costa Rica and said he would use them there. Mike Popejoy is his name. He ran at Notre Dame and qualified for the OT via the half.

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 14:35:01 from

Nano spikes are for icy roads. Microspikes for trails.

From Jon on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 14:56:22 from

If I were running somewhere with very muddy trails like Costa Rica or Hawaii, I'd just buy some aggressive Inov 8's and not have the extra gear/weight.

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