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January 27, 2020

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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

Bike path to Soldier's Home Road - 18 miles, average 7:23.

Ran with Brandon and Julian, who looked like a modern day Jesus coming out from his loft apartment without shoes or a shirt (he's a barefoot runner). I think they did a 16 or so, and I ran to and from the meetup point. I had a little fun around mile 15 or 16 after we came down the hill from campus and pushed the pace a little. They caught back up and asked if they missed the memo. Really I was just seeing how my legs were doing. A little tired throughout the run, but I am feeling good. At least I'm getting tan.

Headed to Toledo to visit Megan while she is at her parents'. We will be doing some last minute wedding things. Might see if I can entice her with my shirtlessness and go to the University of Toledo track and do something short on Wednesday. Might just make getting out the door for 70-80 minutes each day the goal until Thursday.

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 18.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 10:24:19 from

Sorry you had to go to Toledo. I was born just up the road from there in Wyandotte, Michigan.

You should get that Julian dude to join the blog.

From Jason D on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 11:02:17 from

My grandmother is a Michigander too. She's 90, but I can still hear the Midwest in her accent.

Julian is great. He's been running barefoot since 2006 I think and he's a 2:38 guy. I'll see what I can do about recruitment. I'm convinced Brandon still does his on pen and paper as he probably did in college. Incidentally, instead of Greek names in college his teammates did Kenyan names.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 11:24:35 from

We could use some more geographical and philosophical diversity around here. That's why I miss Bam.

I suspect Julian might even be a Democrat!

From Jason D on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 11:33:31 from

He's an economics professor, which is just to say I suspect maybe but it could go either way, even though to all appearances he could be one of those weird liberals in the English department (or some other humanities program).

From Jake K on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 14:13:22 from

A quick google search brings up some interesting articles about Professor Julian. He's gotta be one of the faster barefoot runners around!

From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 25, 2014 at 15:05:51 from

I already did that Jake. Like I said, he needs to be on the blog.

From Jason D on Mon, May 26, 2014 at 10:35:28 from

Apparent he's semi-famous. Who knew? In terms of Lafayette he probably is one of the fastest marathoners period (not a fitness Mecca as I've said). Not sure regionally or nationally.

We were talking about the sub-2:30 marathon in terms of long term goals and whether closing faster was good/possible/desirable. I think I'll send him a message and a link to Glen "Little Bad Legs" report from Newport when he closed well when he broke 2:30, which would give a kind of preview of the blog.

From Jake K on Mon, May 26, 2014 at 12:09:02 from

I think it's funny that as long as you know someone's first name and they are a barefoot runner, you can type in "Barefoot runner [insert name]" and easily find everything about them on Google.

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