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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

North side - 8 miles, unfiltered beer pace (8:16). Did some strides and five hill blasts (weak)

Walked 3 miles in the cold rain last night to watch the Big Ten 10k. Got there for the men's bell lap. Apparently they started at 9 not 9:30. I did get to see the women's and a freshman from Michigan absolutely dominanted. 32:47? I think. She strung it out from the first lap, lapped the field going into the last 1600 meters and looked strong the whole way. She finished looking fresher than I sometimes do after an 8-mile AT tempo.

So far knocking down my drinking days from 7 to 2 has done NOTHING for my scale weight, but the Dodge Fat Test (simple pinch of the skin below the navel) tells me I have lost quite a few fat percentage points. My new theory is that my overindulgence in peanut butter has been fueling a fat demon that lives inside my hamstring and calls out split times and that is where the weight is being stored.

Mizuno Musha Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
From Matt Schreiber on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 14:53:44 from

That had to be an awesome race to wash. I like to watch guys events, but there's just something about watching a female field crush any dream of a race time I ever had.

Looks like you're getting rid of a lot of calories. It's amazing how easy it is to consume them with any beer/wine, etc.. I'm working on getting lighter, too. Finally started posting my weight again yesterday. This is the part they don't tell you about when you start running.

From Jason D on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 15:08:25 from

I'll likely spend my life chasing that kind of time and never get there. She just dominated.

Yes. My lesson of the day: cutting out calories doesn't necessarily lead to weight loss (and since December I have been counting and cutting). But I feel better, so at least there's that. I am hoping it is muscle loss because I haven't but need to get back to core work and strength stuff.

I have peaked at Matt Fitzgerald's stuff a little bit and I think he has some good advice.

From Jake K on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 15:30:18 from

That's a dominating performance from Erin Finn. She broke the Big 10 record by almost 30 seconds. In the Big 12 Champs last night, the guy who won the 10K lapped the field after only NINE laps!

From Jason D on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 15:44:46 from

It was awesome to see even if it was in the mid-40s with rain. She kept giving her coach the thumbs up to signal that she was fine. I kept looking for sign of "oh, crap!" but she was upright at the end.

You could see the pace in her legs. Much better hip extension, high knees, etc. There were a few shufflers in there!

Just checked on the Big 12. Nobody under 30 except for the winner under 29. I like running because there's no mercy rule. It's gentlemenly but nothing says you can't give someone a good trouncing. I am rarely on the giving end of it, but I've done it :-)

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