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July 21, 2019

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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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM/Lunch: 10 miles, averaged ~8:10 w/ 30-minute farlek

28' up/30' farlek of 6 x 3 minutes w/ 2 minute jogs/23' down

First two were around 6:05 pace, the next 2-3 in the 5:50s, and the last one was around 5:45.

My backup watch is messing up. My next GPS will not be a Garmin. Complete junk.

Saucony A6 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 174.00
From Jake K on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 11:11:51 from

What are non-Garmin options for "Garmins"? I didn't even realize they had competitors.

Other than the time Andrea ran over one with her car, we've always had good luck with them. (I might have just totally jinxed myself by typing that.)

From Jason D on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 11:23:28 from

I think I am just rough on stuff and never take very good care of my stuff.

I'd probably buy a Suunto. Big among trail runners and the Garmin hating folks. I apparently threw away the soft bands that could have repaired at least one of my watches. I've been using my 210 the last few days. It's now frozen.

Based on Sara Hall's FitBit Pro (whatever their GPS model is) I would not buy one of those. The data was clearly off:


From Ben VanBeekum on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 12:33:36 from

I just bought a Garmin 620, and I know you don't want to go the Garmin route. But it is pretty legit. Everything is Bluetooth through Garmin Connect. Get done with your workout, automatic upload to your garmin connect, strava, etc. Also the updates come automatically too. This is where I've struggled with Garmin. The GPS needs to have current software to run properly and with the old watches that had to be done by plugging them into the computer.

From Jason D on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 13:29:16 from

Thanks, Ben. I've been using a 620 since about May 2015. I like vet the watch but the strap is breaking. I wear it too low and too tight I think. I have a warranty I just need to call to get it straightened around. You would think the wireless transfer is not a big deal but it stinks going back!

I've found over the last 6 months or so the current pace only reads in multiples of 5 seconds. It's close enough if I'm doing a workout but that it didn't originally do this bothers me. I even did a hard reset.

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