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January 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

March 24: Ann Arbor Half Marathon

April 28: Glass City Marathon

July: Pure Detroit 5k

September 22: Brooksie Way 10k

October 20: Detroit International Half

Gravel Races

March 16: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile

March 30: Dirty 30 Gravel Race

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 25 Mile


September 7: Alma CX

September 15: Big Bad Wolf

October 12: Beer City Growler

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.

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Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 90.00 Month: 262.90 Year: 262.90
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 438.15
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 511.85
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 427.75
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 187.10
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 335.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 355.70
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 222.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 124.30
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 314.62
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 177.55
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 153.00
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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