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Beach to Beacon

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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: Beach to Beacon (6.214 Miles) 00:38:58, Place overall: 230, Place in age division: 34
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Beach to Beaon 10k in 38:58

I haven't run this race since 2015, even though I was signed up in 2016. It was my first 10k since running Beach to Beacon in 2015 (other than a 10k time trial I paced with some buddies in spring 2016)I had a pretty tough race and blew up pretty bad. It was extremely humid and it has been a fairly dry summer in Detroit. I wasn't much in the racing mood as the day before my brother and I got into a serious fight with my dad about his behavior. Trying to figure out what to do going forward preoccupied me and I haven't sleep well for several days

We stayed in a motel in Old Orchard Beach and my family dropped me off toward the starting line. I could tell I was going to need to hit the woods, which made me more anxious as things of that nature are pretty good on race day. I warmed up 2.7 miles with some strides and felt pretty good.

The first mile is a decent, gradual downhill and I was hoping to run around 6-minute pace or faster. The first mile was 5:51. I felt decent, but after the second mile I knew it was going to be rough. The humidity was around 100% and the dew point was 69. The air temp was in the lower 70s. From there I lost concentration and had a hard time being motivated. I really felt like I was going through the ups and downs of a marathon. At 3 miles, I really wanted to jog it in as nothing was really working. I tried to fight back, but the hills had me feeling like I was barely moving. I did manage to garner strength for a strong kick for the partial as I have been able to do every year I have run this race. I finished feeling spent even though the splits don't reflect that. Cooled down 3 miles barefoot on the grass

Splits: 5:51, 6:09, 6:16, 6:19, 6:27, 6:45, (4:57 pace for the partial). HR 177

It was a rough race. Some things could have been better. I think I just mentally gave up and I wasn't prepared for the humidity or the hills given that I run completely flat routes. Mostly an easy recovery week this week before gearing up for fall and the Detroit half

Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Miles: 6.90
Weight: 0.00
From Tom K on Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 03:22:47 from

Good run on a race day where things weren't going your way. Plenty of time before your half. You'll get this figured out, for sure!

From Donald Davis on Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 14:10:41 from

Seems like a competitive race. Great job regardless and hopefully other stuff works out too.

From Jason D on Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 21:53:25 from

It's a highly competitive race. The winner set the 5th fastest time in the world for the current year. Usually it takes sub-28 to win.

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