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September 21, 2018

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Location:

Shelby Township,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

PRs

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 Racing Schedule 2018

July 15: Pure Detroit 5k

August 4: Beach to Beacon 10k

September 23: Brooksie 10k

October 21: Detroit International Half Marathon

Gravel Bike/Cyclocross Races 2018

September 9: Uncle John’s Dirty Ride 24 Mile (Nope. Cracked frame.)

October 27: Bloomer Park Cyclocross Race

November 11: Mad Anthony Cyclocross Race

December 1: Le Frost Cross Cyclocross Race

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.

Personal:

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: 53.60 Month: 245.15 Year: 2304.21
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 387.80
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 150.25
Nike Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 265.25
Brooks Launch 3 Red Lifetime Miles: 71.90
Cross Training Minutes 2018 Lifetime Miles: 3130.00
Altra One 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 530.75
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 386.55
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 273.10
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 152.70
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 135.30
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 37.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.200.000.000.0012.20

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
Comments
From jtshad on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 13:39:28 from 141.221.191.225

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

From SlowJoe on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 14:09:18 from 107.77.80.90

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 68.80.27.222

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 141.221.191.225

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 68.80.27.222

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 67.166.113.191

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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