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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: 14.60 Month: 210.90 Year: 2294.35
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 511.20
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 376.80
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 536.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 365.50
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 380.00
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 1317.10
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 533.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 295.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 688.77
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 615.25
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 3722.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 91.00
Race: TD Beach to Beacon (6.214 Miles) 00:38:04, Place overall: 185
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I'll write a little more tomorrow. Not satisfied with my race. The effort was fine, splits were relatively clean, but my week of race prep was fair to deplorable. Not runnerly by any means (much of which I wont't detail).

I did run into Jemma Steel as she was doing strides and I was warming up from the high school. That wasn't bad. I heard someone make a secret bathroom joke and the guy who responded (he was visiting the secret bathroom) I could swear was Ryan Hall. He was there somewhere. Meb ran well from what I can tell.

Splits: 6:00 (downhill start), 6:15 (nervous about effort), 6:09, 5:59 (my road ID hit the stop on my Timex so add 13-14 seconds), 6:08, 6:14 (uphill), 1:08 for partial

I have a lot of work to do in the next 6 weeks or even breaking 1:20 will be a task in Philly. I really thought I could run 5:57-6:00 pace or faster today without killing myself.


Going into this race I thought I could run a PR because I ran a good 5k PR recently and hit a 4-mile tempo at 6:00-6:02 average with some 5:55s. I thought in a race situation that same pace would be fine. I did many things wrong this week diet wise and otherwise (I managed not to eat a full meal the day before). Had a good week with my family though, my longest stay since summer 2010.

We were fortunate to stay at a campground in my uncle's camper (which has a washer/dryer, wi-fi, and so on, so it's not exactly "camping"). I didnt sleep well, but pre-race sleeping is rarely excellent. We left a bit early to make sure I could get to the high school and run to the starting line. I warmed up from the high school to the starting line for ~25 minutes. Did some active stretching and light strides. I figured with a downhill start I didn't want to be too loose. Plan for mile 1 was 5:55, but no faster than 5:48 and no slower than 6:00. Started slow, decided the pace wasn't right, and picked it up. First mile was a 5:59 rounded to 6. I felt like a faster pace was not doable, so I backed off and ran 6:15. At this point I knew I was in for a tough race. Went through halfway in 19:03. I had projected 18:20-18:30. (I did manage a 3 or 4 second negative split.) mile 4 was messed up because my Road ID hit the stop button (I heard a beep, but didn't catch the stop for 13-14 seconds).

Mile 5 is a series of three hills that are relatively short and that temporarily plateau, but they come at a tough time. At about 5.5 you enter the state park and you run on a paved trail, which is narrow compared to the road. The crowd really started to cheer, so I started to grab another gear ~5.75 and the crowd got louder so I grabbed another gear passing 5-6 people, including a woman by whom I was later checked. Of course this was strategic so Andrea could make fun of me. Based on the partial split, I ran the last half mile at 5:23 pace. I got jammed in by a slower runner carrying a cellphone and listening to giant headphones. I made slight contact with him and he told me not to kill him before the finish. I wanted to give him a few race decorum pointers about running with headphones. He looked at his watch and took off as I got stuck behind a group we came up to. I went around the group and about this time I was chicked. Hit the finish line to see the clock ticking 38:1x.

Felt dizzy and a bit nauseous. Yesterday I also felt nauseous.

3 mile cool down.

I wanted to run this at 1:18ish half marathon pace so I could have a shot at running the same pace at Philly in 6 weeks. My goal for the fall is to work toward running 1:15-1:17:59 at the Indy Monumental half, and Nov. 2 is a LONG way off. I'm currently shopping for several 5-10k races to prep for Philly.

Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 9.21Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
From Matt Schreiber on Sat, Aug 03, 2013 at 22:03:10 from

Don't sweat it Jason. You ran a great race, and like you said the effort was there.

It's hard to be runnerly when you're away from your normal routine for a while. Heck, it's hard when you're in the middle of your normal routine. :)

I'm looking forward to seeing what the next weeks bring with your training. You've had a lot of solid weeks lately!

From Bret on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 at 12:21:33 from

Seems like a very good effort Jason. I understand your lack of satisfaction over the result - but really no reason you shouldn't be pleased with where you are. Solid performance. The good news is that we know there's more in you. Congrats!

From SlowJoe on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 at 15:13:09 from

Nice race, that's still pretty fast. It's impossible to continually be in the best shape of your life (an understatement coming from me). You can keep trending faster and faster, which you're doing, but there are still peaks and valleys. In 6 weeks you might be on a peak.

From Jake K on Sun, Aug 04, 2013 at 20:22:55 from

+1 on what Joe said. Its physically impossible to be in "peak" shape all the time (or else you are severely underestimating what you're ceiling really is). A solid race for sure, and in 6 weeks, I definitely think you can turn a 38 flat 10K on a rolling course into sub 1:20 at Philly.

From Jason D on Mon, Aug 05, 2013 at 19:15:23 from

Thanks, guys. I thought breaking 6:04 pace (for a PR) would have at least been doable, but the pace I ended up running ties my 10k from March and the conditions were warmer. Keep on plugging!

From allie on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 at 20:34:42 from

oh, 5k-10k shopping is the best. that takes up 90% of my work day. and of course, those shorter races are great prep for the goal race -- jump into PAIN over and over and over and over.

i definitely understand the disappointment, especially going into a race thinking you are capable of one thing and then it doesn't quite come together. it happens, but you are still on track and you have a solid 6 weeks of training ahead. you'll be ready when philly rolls around.

i bet you could have run one second faster with one more IPA.

From Jason D on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 at 16:32:36 from

Thanks, Allie. Philly rolls. Sounds good right now! I've got at least a 4 miler and a hilly-ish 10k, and a training partner ready for some harder workouts.

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