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April 19, 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: 56.70 Month: 137.70 Year: 1254.25
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 449.60
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 514.05
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 271.30
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 362.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 538.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 379.60
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 205.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 583.02
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 415.45
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 959.00
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 17.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

REST DAY. Mandatory 7 days off. During the race I vowed never to run again, but I'll feel like running tomorrow. A little sore today, but not as bad as my first, but worse than the last 2, after which I was a little stiff but stairs were fine and I wasn't sore.

Weight: 0.00
From Matt Schreiber on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 21:31:10 from

Mandatory 7 days off. Mark my word, I'm going to do the same. ;)

From Jason D on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 19:17:30 from

It's really for the best. I've run 2 days after, 4 days after, and 7 days after. After 7 days off after Sugarloaf I was able to roll for quite a while on the fitness I built until I screwed it up. Takes a few weeks to get back into it, but running after a day or two doesn't get you back on track any faster.

From Matt Schreiber on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 20:22:23 from

Good to know. We all like running, but who doesn't like a little time off. Kinda reboots you mentally. What do you think about a planned month off? Not so much after a race but more so a winter month to let your body rebuild. I've read about it but never considered it yet.

From Jason D on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:05:06 from

A month off would be a long time. If you want to, take it, but you will have to be patient building back up. Your muscles will weaken, even your feet will go soft! You'll gain a good bit of weight even if you are somewhat mindful. I think 2 weeks would be the most I (personally) would take off, but, again, if you need it mentally and it recharges you and doesn't leave you frustrated when you start back.

I think 10 days to 2 weeks is about the threshold for really strong recovery and still rolling some fitness over (it will take a little bit to feel strong again though). I don't have anything to point you to to support this but running too soon can bite you in the glutes

From Matt Schreiber on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 13:10:52 from

I didn't even think of the re-adapting you'd have to do after that time off. I'm still thinking a week is about where I'm going to limit myself. I hate running 3 miles and having it feel like a LR. Does kind of seem like a little longer break once in a while would be beneficial.

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