Of Mice and Marathons

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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 - 6 miles, averaged 7:22. Too fast for the weather and the period before a marathon, but my legs are coming back.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
From Bam on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 06:01:59 from

Now, you being a bright young man and all of that (PHD in English etc) one would expect you to know what's what, especially with a blog heading that reads, 'Of Mice and Marathons'.

Many might think that young JD is referring to John Steinbeck's brilliant novel, 'Of Mice and Men'. But they may not truly understand the genius and irony of your blog title. In fact, I know they will not get it. How can I be so confident, given that confidence is a shortfall of mine:)?

Well, first off, I doubt that even you comprehend the brilliance of your title. It's just as well I do: you will owe me after this:) So, here goes:

'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft agley,

An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,

For promis'd joy!'

I suspect you know that John Steinbeck nabbed his title from the Robert Burns' poem. Here's the translation:

'The best laid schemes of mice and men

Go often awry,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!'

Fantastic stuff, my little mouse.

So, we all get the idea behind the blog title now. You can plan/scheme but things can go wrong and if things go wrong in the marathon, the pain is terrible etc.

(Important point here: many people say 'The best laid plans...' This is wrong: it is, 'The best laid schemes...')

So what? Well, master Dodge, your scheme has already gone awry and you are likely to suffer both physically and mentally - the humiliation is going to be awful.

But in steps Bam...

In your 'Upcoming Races' section, you have the Sugarloaf Marathon marked down as the 20th May, which is Monday. If you turn up on the 20th May, I fear you will not get a pr. I'll let you work out why:)

From Bam on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 07:41:57 from

Just keeping you on your toes:)

From SlowJoe on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 11:41:25 from

Good to see the legs getting some pep back...just in time.

Good luck on your best laid plans, er, schemes this weekend!

From Bret on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 12:18:18 from

I noticed the date thing was off too a few days ago - but Bam's discussion and build-up to pointing that out was simply brilliant.

Oh - and quit running so fast 4 days out. :)

(Just kidding)

Fresh legs are what you want on the 19th - good to hear they are coming back.

From Jason D on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 13:40:55 from

Thanks, Bam. I had those texts in mind, of course, as I was drinking (like an idiot) last night, mulling over many life issues of the non-running sort. The title came to me and I thought it was very smart, so I appreciate you picking up on it. I also appreciate the close reading of my race dates. The old saying "Half the battle is showing up on race day healthy" should also have "on the correct day" tacked on to it.

Joe: They are moving, but they feel funny after not running in the mornings. I imagine this means they are getting loose. Whatever it is, I hope it is positive (I think it is). Scheme or plan, may things work out!

Bret: I think I was basing the dates off of the prior year when I did those dates because a few of them are off I think. Too fast yesterday for 80 degrees, but I'm pretty sure I caught some harassment, but I was unsure as I had my ipod on (had to go back to it because of said harassment). First mile in 7:30, and then it was hard to slow down from there. I do sometimes start to run fast before a big race, though, and that lets me know I am good and ready. I imagine I will be dragging along in sensible fashion when I go out in a few.

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