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April 22, 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: 21.60 Month: 186.60 Year: 1303.15
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 453.60
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 514.05
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 275.30
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 362.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 538.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 396.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 209.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 592.32
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 430.45
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 959.00
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 17.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Beautiful day. 81 degrees and sunny. Was feeling tired and sluggish. Ran pretty slow to get going, which was fine. Form feels quirky. Decided to run the last mile at marathon goal pace, and although it was warm I was trying to sense the pace and hit a certain number even though I knew I would be working a bit harder with the heat. The bad news is the effort was pretty high. The good news is I was 30 seconds off target. The last mile split was 6:08. Whoops. Working the wrong system, but it's too close to the race to have much effect. I assumed that the high effort was more due to heat than pace. I guess I will wear my watch that is set up to read current and average pace for the race. 

6.25 miles, averaged 7:39

The weather looks cooler than it did several days ago. I can't complain about this:

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.25
Weight: 0.00
From Jake K on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 16:04:37 from

Good forecast! And if the effort feels like, that was b/c it was much closer to 10K pace than marathon pace. Good luck this weekend!

From Jason D on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 16:30:16 from

Thanks, Jake. It was right at my half pace from 3 weeks ago. Definitely not marathon pace or effort! Yet! I just figured I was running about 6:35-6:40 and that the heat was getting to me. I've never run a mile under 6:15 unless I was doing repeats or racing so it was a bit weird. I had to double check the time. Better than seeing a 7:02 I guess :) I think 6:35 pace is doable this weekend, especially aided and especially given the weather.

From Jake K on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 16:52:18 from

Its shows you are fit and ready to roll. Just start out relaxed...

From Rob Murphy on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 17:51:02 from

You are going to do great.

From Matt Schreiber on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 21:27:04 from

Weather couldn't be better. Looking like a big weekend for you!

From Jason D on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 21:34:59 from

Jake: I guess I will have to do speedwork this summer after rebuilding my base. I thought I was going to get away with old man jogging

Rob: Thanks. I think I am due for a good marathon. I have a serious crowd to impress, including the family dog. Much is at stake here. Well, actually, 20ish weeks of training are at stake, but who's counting?

Matt: I was happy when I saw low 45 and high of 65. I tend to luck out with race whether, which probably means I need to race more and toughen up!3

From SlowJoe on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 07:50:49 from

Great weather! In 6 marathons I have not had a day that nice.

I think you're ready...just don't run any 6:08's!

From Jason D on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 08:50:48 from

You need to start running in the northern Maine woods in May! I'm ready. No 6:08s, but hopefully plenty of 6:28s on the downhills and 6:38s on the flats.

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