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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: 4 x 2 miles w/ strict 3:00 recovery jogs and a direct 200m tag. This is one I adopted and modified from the Hanson Brothers. I've used it 4 times I think and have had great success with it. This is almost 13 seconds faster than when I ran it in September before I ran my PR at Philly RnR. It was around 13 degrees, so I was in tights and screws shoes just to be safe (tar was 99% dry and ice free as it turned out). Warmed up 4.25 miles w/ half mile @ MP, a few light pace strides around 10k pace, and into the workout.

First set: 5:53, 5:55

Second set: 5:53, 5:56

Third set: 5:52, 5:54

Fourth set: 5:55, 5:54 (5:53/5:54 average)

Tag was 36.5 (5:02 pace). I was pretty much done and didn't have much of a kick. Recovery jogs were 8:30-9:00. 3.25 mile cool down.

The rest was shorter than normal (usually 3:00-3:30) and it caught up with me. The effort got high at the end, but I think I am more tired than I think (or that I will admit). 4 weeks averaging 88 miles (with this week thrown in) and it is time to cut back. Jason, remember what we said back in November/December? Let's do that.

PM: North side - 4.25 miles, averaged 8:10

Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 16.63Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 4.25
Weight: 170.00
From Jake K on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:55:53 from

You've really whipped yourself into great shape this winter. Must be the 2am Lara bars!

Happy to see things going so well for you. Take it easier this next week and you'll be ready for a fast race.

From Jake K on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:57:06 from

Smart training pays off, huh?

Had to add that.

Keep being smart!

From SlowJoe on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:00:08 from

Great pacing - you kept it even despite being "done" so you probably ran it perfectly; nice job!

From jtshad on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 15:52:46 from

Boston bib number: 2107!

From Jason D on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 17:56:57 from

Definitely need a week to gear down so I can recover from the last 4 and so I can run hard in 8 days. Might do a shorter AT tempo (40-45 minutes) Sunday or Monday, but I will need to feel very good, otherwise I will skip it. Micro taper of 2-3 days going into Saturday.

I had three Kind Bars after I initially went to bed last night. Wasn't sure I could fall asleep; I was hungry (3 bananas would have been more sensible). No sense getting that crazy. But I don't want put on weight like I did during my injury (I won't of course). 13-15 lbs is a decent amount to cut it 9 weeks.

Kept my eye on the watch today, Joe. But during a workout if you asked me what the last split was I wouldn't be able to tell you. I get a ball park. Numbers are hard when running! Might have been just a hard too hard toward the end, but the cold air was making it hard to breathe and I was coughing a bit during recoveries.

Thanks, Jeff. Just last night I was looking to see if they had them up. Must have just logged them today. I'm very excited!

From joebell1981 on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 19:23:13 from

Sick workout, buddy - you are a beast! Look out Sam Costa. Top ten (at least) for you, me thinks.

From Jason D on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 21:33:08 from

Thanks, Joe. Hard to say. Looks like a darn competitive half in the 70-76 minute range for such a small race. I'll try to stick to my usual half racing strategy, which has worked well so far. With good rest and a smart race, I know I can run at least what I did today.

From Matt Schreiber on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 21:35:32 from

Great consistency Jason. Looking good for your upcoming race!

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