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June 2013

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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 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

Cyclocross

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.

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: 15.30 Month: 192.40 Year: 1592.75
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 116.70
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 461.60
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 249.10
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 524.25
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 299.80
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 362.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 781.70
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 448.00
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 239.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 612.02
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 498.75
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 1823.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
246.241.505.102.60255.44
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 48.10Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 41.00Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.25Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 40.50Loose Dogs Miles: 2.00Brooks PureConnect Miles: 34.76Saucony A5 Miles: 10.00Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 39.50Saucony Kinvara 2 (2) Miles: 15.00Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 7.33Newton Trainers 2 Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

North side - 7 miles, averaged 8:03. Did some strides. There's still a runner under all that baby fat. I know it.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.750.500.000.0011.25

4th Street Hills - 11.25 miles, averaged 7:38. Did .5 mile pickup (6:36) coming up back up Union Street Hill .

Got a bit turned around and lost (somehow). Only managed 300 feet of gain and still lost 388, but I got a few hills in. Not enough of those in my training. One of my focus areas for this year.

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 11.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.000.000.0010.25

Jefferson High School loop (extended version) - 10.25 miles, averaged 7:29. 67 with humidity at 35%. Marvelous running weather for this time of year.

Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.25
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Vinton Woods Loop - 9 miles, averaged 7:40. Sluggish to start, snappyish at the finish. 

Wore my cadence sensor for the first time since I got it. It's not a necessary device, but I'm pretty tone deaf so other methods of measuring cadence are difficult. My average was 93 strides per minute or 186 steps per minute. I've had other runners tell me mine is high. I guess it is for moving at an easy pace. Seems to be one aspect keeping injuries down though.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.590.000.000.427.01

North side - 7 miles, averaged 7:47. 

Wanted to run more on National Running Day, but I'm getting a bit excited and ready to run some miles, so I'm trying to hold back on the ponies. So I kept it easy and decided on a pickup to see were my lungs were. Did a bit under half mile pickup around 5k effort. Did .42 @ 5:33 pace. Felt good.

+1 loose dog from yesterday. I had to mule kick the little ankle grabber because it was going for my feet.

Loose Dogs Miles: 1.00Brooks PureConnect Miles: 7.01
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Vinton Woods loop (+52 extension) - 10 miles, averaged 7:46

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

Old Standby - 6.5 miles, no watch. Pretty steady with 5 or so strides.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.651.000.000.3510.00

Vinton Woods loop + a little extra - 10 miles, averaged 7:30. Picked it up a bit toward the end and ran a slow MP mile (6:48), then did a short pickup (.35) toward then end @ 5:39.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

North side - 7 miles, averaged 7:41.

Commence week two of OPERATION KANGAROO POUCH REMOVAL

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

Happy Hollow + Purdue - 10.5 miles, averaged 7:35. Got some Midwest style climbing in. Working on my tan.

Brooks PureConnect Miles: 10.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.000.000.0011.50

Jefferson High School loop + Builder Dr - 11.5 miles, averaged 7:38. Pretty warm. Did most of the first 6-8 miles around 8 minutes I think. Picked it up from there.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 11.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

North side - 6.5 miles, averaged 8:22. My 3-4 inch split shorts became 1 inch split shorts by the end of the run. Sticky.

Might get out later if it storms.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.50Loose Dogs Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.570.002.000.4310.00

Vinton Woods 10-mile Loop - 10 miles, averaged 7:15. Felt like running something a bit faster, but not an official workout, so I tried to sprinkle in some razzle dazzle. Nothing to write home about. Mile 4 @ 6:21 and mile 6 @ 6:11. I hit mile 26 in a marathon at 6:21 just under a month ago. Pretty depressing, but I've been running just long enough to know how fitness works even if if can be a bummer. Did a light-to-light pickup on Elmwood (.43) @ 5:09. I felt good about that even if I couldn't quite get my feet under me they way I usually do at that pace.

Saucony A5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.250.000.000.0012.25

Jefferson High School to Veteran's Memorial - 12.25 miles, no watch

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 12.25
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Didn't get a run in today. Megan and I drove to Milwaukee for a wedding. We had a good time.

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Decided to take another day off to spend time with Megan. We got back from Milwaukee and went out with some friends. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

Vinton Woods loop (long version) + a little extra on the north side - 12.5 miles, averaged 7:52

Kept the pace slow as I was pretty dehydrated, but I really enjoyed the run. Picked it up the last few miles. I ran in a pair of Kinvara 2s I Ebayed for a decent price. I'm going to grab a couple more I think while I can still find them. I really like the shoe much better than the 3s. They have just what I like for responsiveness in an everyday trainer.

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 12.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fink Cemetery/Fire Cracker loop (modified due to detour) - 12 miles, averaged 8:05 with a few water stops.

Can't seem to get hydrated, so I am trying to take in some water for safety. Took in some water as Columbian Park, then tried to do a vVo2 max pickup, but cut that short because the water didn't stay down. Oh well. Still managed to run home at a decent easy clip.

Megan asked me yesterday when registration was for Boston. I checked the website, and apparently BAA is doing a special registration for those who were unable to finish last year as long as they made it to the halfway point. I haven't done the math, but this would seem to include some very long marathon times even walkers (if walkers are even permitted). I get it, but I am also a bit miffed I think. Perhaps I should pass this topic over to Mr. Murphy's Corner. No that I look for that information I can't find it. Hemm. Maybe I was having another running nightmare.

Brooks PureConnect Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.000.000.000.0015.00

AM: North side - 6 miles easy, no watch

PM: Vinton Woods loop - 9 miles, averaged 7:56

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

4th Street Hills to Twyckenham - 10 miles, averaged 8:15 w/ a water stop to soak my hat. Not the most pleasant run in recent memory, but it's in the books.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

North side - 6 miles easy, no watch

Saucony Kinvara 2 (2) Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles (no watch) with Megan along the Maumee river. Great trail, which is shaded and marked. Pretty warm, so we ran very easy. Give anything to have access to a trail like this.

Looks like some great racing went down today in Minnesota.

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 6.00
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Day off. Megan and I had a relaxing day.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Back in Lafayette. Late evening run. Vinton Woods - 9 miles, averaged 7:44. Picked it up at the end as a nasty storm was coming. Had some pretty good debris stuck to my sweaty torso from the wind that kicked up. I like to think I fooled people into thinking it was chest hair.

Saucony Kinvara 2 (2) Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.930.000.001.4013.33

AM: Union to Courtland - 7.33 miles averaged 7:46 w/ 8 x 1 min on/off (~5:43 pace). 3 up, 2 down. Weather not comfortable, glorified strides very humbling.  

PM: North side - 6 miles, averaged 7:58. More super sweatiness.

Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 7.33Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.250.000.000.0013.25

AM: Jefferson High School (heavily modified) - 8 miles, averaged 8:29. My shoes were sloshing as I was walking down the driveway. 

PM: North side - 5.25 miles, averaged 8:00

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 8.00Brooks PureConnect Miles: 5.25
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.500.000.000.0013.50

Lunch: Courtland and Munger Park - 7.5 miles, averaged 8:28

PM: North side - 6 miles, averaged 8:28. Feeling the heat. Easy single day tomorrow. Need to get hydrated.

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 7.50Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.100.000.000.007.10

North side - 7.1 miles easy, averaged 8:29

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 7.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.900.003.100.009.00

9 miles, averaged 7:22. Did a 3.1 mile tempo after a 2 mile warm up in 19:21 (6:14 average): 6:25, 6:09, 6:10, 36.2 (5:47 pace). A bit above HMP from April, so I'll take it as a start.

Not too bad after 12 hours of celebrating my friend's dissertation defense yesterday, and eating like an idiot today (14" pizza and Caesar salad). Looks like fruit for dinner. 

Newton Trainers 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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0.000.000.000.000.00

Missed my run today, but I helped a friend move and spent some time with some other friends who will be moving soon. Cool again today and tonight and for the next 3 days. Time to get things rolling and notching some miles. Fitness feels pretty good for 60 miles per week, but it's time to get back into the 70s for a few weeks and keep gradually climbing. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
246.241.505.102.60255.44
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 48.10Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 41.00Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.25Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 40.50Loose Dogs Miles: 2.00Brooks PureConnect Miles: 34.76Saucony A5 Miles: 10.00Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 39.50Saucony Kinvara 2 (2) Miles: 15.00Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 7.33Newton Trainers 2 Miles: 9.00
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