Of Mice and Marathons

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

PM: Trails 115' w/ 1000 feet of gain

Almost went headfirst into the gorge at one point. I am remind that although trail running is not extreme it has its hidden dangers. At the Wissahickon isn't that deep but 200-300 feet will still do some damage.

Inov-8 Roclite 295 Miles: 12.20
Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 13:39:28 from

Be careful. One (of several) reason I have not converted to trails.

From SlowJoe on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 14:09:18 from

I ran into a tree a couple races ago! Steep downhill followed by a sharp turn...ow.

From Jason D on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 23:34:52 from

I'm interested in the other reasons, Jeff. But you do have to be careful. A wake up for sure. And I wasn't running fast at all. I think I'm pretty cautious on the trails compared to others, even those who are overall slower than me.

I saw a photo of Camille Heron a while back. Ran into a tree and was all bloody and muddy. I also worry about branches in the eye.

I'm scared of heights but when I'm running it's less noticeable.

From jtshad on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 13:14:51 from

I like the "flow" of the roads, the consistency of pace and effort and the ability to relieve stress by letting my mind wander as I don't have to focus on running all the time (running surface)...not to mention convenience of roads. While I appreciate the beauty and connection to nature on the trails, you have to be constantly vigilant and watching the trail to make sure you don't go down. Not saying I don't like to hit a trail now and again, but I know many friends who have converted over to trails only/primarily.

From Jason D on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 19:07:06 from

I hear you. I hate so few miles for so much time. But I spent most of spring running 9:00-9:30 pace for easy runs. But that felt truly easy, conversational pace+. 9:00 pace on these trails is really quite moderate for me.

I'll probably always be a road man myself, but one of the trail heads is a kilometer jog from our apartment.

From Jake K on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 20:53:29 from

I've taken some branches in the forehead (on sidewalks!!!) on early morning runs. A couple times it was scary to think about what would have happened had the branch been two inches lower. That's why I pretty much always run in sunglasses :-)

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