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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: 0.00 Month: 196.30 Year: 2279.75
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 507.20
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: 1301.80
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 533.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 291.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 688.77
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 604.65
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 3652.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 91.00
Race: Tippy Connect 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:37:09, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Tippy Connect 10k. Ran a 27 second PR at the end of a 90+ mile week. I'm okay with that. Report to follow later.

The rich chocolatey goodness: 5:48, 6:04, 5:55, 6:14, 5:55, 6:14, 1:00


I've won this race two years in a row with hobby jogger times, so I was ready to have someone else turn the race around a bit. I knew my training partner Brandon was running, and even though I've run higher mileage lately and I think I am in a bit better shape, he is a former Division I 10k runner. I ran 3.25 to campus, saw Brandon and talked to him, and we sized a few people up. He spotted the eventual winner, Patrick, who is the director of Purdue's recreational facility (he ran 35:07).

I could tell in my warmup that my legs were solid and that a light 4 yesterday was enough to run a decent race. I was expecting to run 6:10 for the hills and 5:55-6:00 for downhills and flats, finishing 6:05 or faster for a workout @ 1:20 HMP. I did a half mile @ MP and got going as fast as 6:04 toward the end, which felt pretty easy, and did some light strides in the parking lot. So I knew I could run 6:04 without killing myself.

Some confusion about where the first turn was since it was different than last year. I asked for clarification, and some was given, but it threw the lead guy off. Short, sharp downhill to start then it flattens. 5:48 first mile. Right on 5k PR pace. Here we go. It honestly felt how I start most halfs (you know it feels fast, but it feels comfortable). Brandon said we were fast, and I told him I knew but I was feeling good and would slow up for the hills and see if we could let the lead guy get humbled by the first hill. 6:04 for McCormick hill. I figured 6:10-6:15 would be good. We were trying to pull Patrick back in but he was running strong and Brandon and I pulled each other along, trading places here and there. Some course changes I had not expected occurred at mile 2-3. We hit a flat stretch, but I was feeling it a bit (probably appropriate effort though).

I knew the intersection at Lindberg was coming and that last year they had a cop stationed there, not doing a darn thing. I heard race volunteers and Brandon tell me not to go but I said screw it, I am going to go and see if I can scare the race people into seeing how dangerous a multi-lane road is without any sort of assistance for an event of that size (not big, but big enough). I yelled a few words for revision for the following year. We hit some other course changes I didn't expect, but people were stationed to help us. Kind of. Miles 3-5: 5:55, 6:14, 5:55 (good downhill that could have been faster for mile 5). I had pulled away from Brandon at the intersection, he pulled away on the hill and up the gradual, grinding grade of Northwestern. Tried to stay behind him. I closed the gap a touch, but couldn't quite get there. Hit the downhill .2 and tried to catch him, but I was still 10 seconds behind. 6:14 for mile 6, just under 60 seconds for the partial (5:20, peaked at 4:40).

Did about 1.5 with Brandon and Patrick. We are going to meet up and do a bog run tomorrow. Kept going to hit 2 for my preliminary cool down. Hung out and chatted. Awards took forever, so I hit 3 miles back home.

Didn't expect to run a PR today, but it pleased me after sucking it up at B2B (this course is harder in some ways I think) and I think on a flat course and lower mileage I can run well in Philly in 3 weeks, which doesn't mean a ton because the real work will be reflected on November 3rd.




PM: 4 miles w/ 2 miles on the Vinton Elementary playground grass, averaged 8:38. 84 degrees feels like 82 degrees? A rare 31% humidity. As they say in Maine "the way life should be."

Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 14.45Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 4.05
Weight: 0.00
From Matt Schreiber on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 11:08:26 from

Awesome Jason. I didn't want to jinx you in saying anything about a PR today. Looking forward to reading a full report.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 13:00:39 from

Now that's more like it, you've gotta be pleased with this one! Great job.

From Jake K on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 13:22:01 from

Boy, its almost as if miles make champions!

Congrats on the PR, Jason. Well done.

From RileyCook on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 15:26:11 from

A 10k PR at the end of a high mileage week is very encouraging. Congrats Jason. You are making great progress this year.

From Jason D on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 19:52:20 from

Thanks, everyone. My 10k times will never be mind-blowing, but they are good for my half training and I think that's one I am about. That and the marathon when the memory of the distance's difficulty has sufficiently faded from the previous one and I am ready for another one.

Joe: Yes, it was more indicative of fitness than B2B. That is a race I would rather forget (and you will never hear me say something like that again).

Jake: For me, "mileage makes champions [and hobby joggers bust out of their shells"] :-)

I am most pleased that I went out hard and hung on without it biting me under the split shorts too bad. I'm ready to run a 5k PR split in the 4 miler in a few weeks.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 20:23:58 from

Great race. You've definitely moved beyond hobby jogger status.

From Jason D on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 21:38:37 from

Thanks, Rob. I was being modest (in an annoying way). Bam officially promoted me last spring from "hobby jogger to halfway decent runner." (One of his more memorable comments).

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