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Pure Detroit 5k

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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

March 24: Ann Arbor Half Marathon

April 28: Glass City Marathon

July: Pure Detroit 5k

September 22: Brooksie Way 10k

October 20: Detroit International Half

Gravel Races

March 16: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile

March 30: Dirty 30 Gravel Race

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 25 Mile


September 15: Big Bad Wolf

October 12: Beer City Growler

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: 38.40 Month: 269.50 Year: 731.30
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 438.15
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 511.85
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 484.25
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 247.80
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 345.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 355.70
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 298.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 158.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 448.72
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 251.85
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 225.00
Race: Pure Detroit 5k (3.2 Miles) 00:18:29, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Pure Detroit 5k in 18:29. HR 184 (for race)

2.5 up/2 down. This was my first all-out race since Broad Street 2016. I have done two races (both Glass City Half). One was about 95% effort (or rather about 100% effort after 4 miles). This was my first Michigan race since we moved 2 years ago. Three things: it was hot, I won, and I am happy to be racing again

I was soaking wet warming up. I did some short strides and lined up, eyeing up the people who were likely to beat me. Got out in maybe 10th, but I could tell it was typical local race super heroes. By perhaps a half mile or so, I was in second and the young guy I pegged to win was about 50 meters out. I started to gain on him into the first mile. It felt fast but the effort was good. I didn't want to pass him as I figured he would crush me. At the same time, I didn't want to get in a kicking contest. I pulled ahead sooner than planned, some time before the 2-mile mark (around 1.5-1.8 I think). He seemed to wave me by as I rode his shoulder. At one water stop I think he grabbed a cup (didn't bother to ctually look) and I put a few steps on him. I told myself to push even if it meant puking or locking up. After a while I couldn't hear breathing or footsteps, so I tried to keep up the effort but with no racing (and thus race grit) it was hard. I managed a fairly strong finish. Miles 2, 3, and the partial had my heart rate soaring. I felt like I ran as hard as I could.

5:43 (176), 5:47 (185), 5:57 (189), 5:20 pace for partial (189)

Megan and I had a nice brunch in Midtown Detroit, which really is not as bad as everyone thinks. Getting to know the city a bit.

PM: 4.2 miles, averaged 10:29. HR 133. Hot and nasty

Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Miles: 5.70Altra One 2.5 Black Miles: 4.20
Weight: 171.80
From allie on Sun, Jul 15, 2018 at 22:05:05 from

pure detroit -- solid race name

nice job with the hard racing and the win!

From Tom K on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 07:08:07 from

You know, speaking for my chapter of the local race super heroes,....

Good race, and congrats on the win!

It's been really good watching you build back up again.

From jtshad on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 10:04:14 from

Great race, congrats on the win with a solid effort. Training is paying off.

From Bret on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 12:28:44 from

Great race Jason - and nice post. Congrats on the win!

From fiddy on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 11:52:41 from


From Jason D on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 19:17:01 from

The Pure Detroit is playing off the Pure Michigan campaign, about which I know almost nothing. But I like my license plate, which has the rebranded logo.

Thanks, all.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 17:48:40 from

Missed this - congratulations! I hope to win one more race in my life.

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