Of Mice and Marathons

May 20, 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: 15.30 Month: 192.40 Year: 1592.75
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 116.70
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 461.60
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 249.10
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 524.25
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 299.80
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 362.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 781.70
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 448.00
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 239.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 612.02
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 498.75
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 1823.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

PM: 22 miles, averaged 7:16. HR 155.

16-Mile Light Tempo/Moderate Tempo

The plan was slightly longer than last week and to stick with the prescribed effort. It was quite windy out of the west at 18MPH+ and icy in places, so everything went well overall. Warmed up 3 miles and hit my winter tempo loop, which is mostly concrete for some marathon leg prep. Wanted to stay aroun 7' pace or a touch faster and not press. I was getting tired toward the end but that was partially because it was getting late and I hadn't eaten anything.

Started around 7:08 and just ran most of the first half around 7 flat. Ran some in the 6:40s and 6:50s and those felt not exactly easy but like I could run that pace for a very long time. Longer than a marathon for sure. Even though the wind was zapping me I just kept the effort and didn't fight it. I am glad I wasn't doing a full-fledged tempo. The wind would have hurt a lot more. Averaged about 6:55 for the 16 miles. HR started to creep into marathon effort a bit, but I never felt like I was quite at marathon effort. Cooled down 3 miles.

Nice to get this one in early. We are headed to Toledo to see Megan's parents and watch a basketball game. I wanted to make sure I got this in in case running is light tomorrow.


Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Miles: 22.00
Weight: 0.00
From Bret on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 15:30:16 from

Really nice effort - and you are obviously seeing the benefits of such a good training cycle and volume.

From Jason D on Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 10:13:41 from

Thanks. Things are starting to come together. Still have 10 weeks to go, so these runs build structure for faster marathon pace sessions and sessions slightly faster than marathon pace. At least I imagine thatís where things are going.

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