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January 27, 2020

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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

North side - 9.25 miles, no watch.

Slushy, windy, puddles. Bit of a change from yesterday. Enjoyed the run when I was squinting in the wind and snow like a pirate.

I've been going back and forth about my big HMGP workout for tomorrow. Traditionally, I have run a version of the Hanson Brothers' tweaked for half marathoners who run above cutting down to LT pace and it has served me well, meeting or exceeding (significantly at times) workout paces in the actual race. I also did 3 x 2.5 miles before Indy this fall but never got to see how it paid off (it is definitely harder than the Hansons' version). I also like the idea of repeating the 3 x 15 minute workout I did a few weeks ago (going by feel again) to see if I can knock a few seconds off that. Given current fitness the 3 x 15 minutes is harder than the first two. But I need to think about recovery as well.

Pre-bed: 15 minutes of stretching w/ 50 or so pushups

Saucony Kinvara 2 (2) Miles: 9.25
Weight: 170.00
From Jake K on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 13:25:14 from

I don't know the right answer... but you definitely want to make sure you don't attempt something so hard it ends up taking away from the race effort. But at the same time, you want a good true indicator of your fitness, and something that will prepare you (mentally and physically).

3 x 13 :-)

From Jason D on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 14:48:41 from

The below is a bit of a long-winded explanation/working through/reminder to myself, so it is basically here to formalize the thought for posterity :)

I know, but it is good to hear it again because I am not listening to myself. I try to make this workout harder and harder by slightly tweaking it each time (Coach Bam would remind me at this point "the focus is on the marathon")

I think since I am getting close (8 days rather than 10) I will do the Hansons'. Every time I go to do it I get the usual morning workout nerves but it never feels that hard as I am working through it. It's comfortably hard and it has worked in the past, and I get a hard effort without killing myself. The other workouts are tough and the last 3-4 minutes I hit race effort, so I am going to skip them. I have plenty of instances for comparison.

From Jake K on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 14:52:20 from

Good long-winded explanation. Once you are only 7-8 days out, that is actually a little too close to the half to get the full benefit of the workout in time... it takes time to adapt. Do what you've done before, then just run faster than before in the race.

From Matt Schreiber on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 22:06:18 from

Good luck with whichever workout you go with! Hopefully the weather cooperates.

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