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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: 69.00 Month: 150.00 Year: 1266.55
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 449.60
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 514.05
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 275.30
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 362.60
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 538.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 387.90
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 205.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 583.02
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 415.45
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 959.00
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 17.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM/Lunch - Flourtown tempo loop - 16. 1 miles total w/ 4 x 2 miles @ HMP w/ ~3:00-3:30 min. recovery jogs. Weather was a little breezy, sunny, lower humidity and temps 65-70.

4.1 up, 9 workout total, 3 down

Set 1: 12:15.6 (6:08, 6:08)

Set 2: 12:15.1 (6:08, 6:07)

Set 3: 12:15.3 (6:08, 6:07)

Set 4: 12:16.4 (6:13, 6:04)

Good, honest effort today. A successful workout for sure. Not too fast so I was out of range and dying, but plenty fast that when I started to dig into 5:30-5:40 pace for the last quarter mile with a slight hill, I was hurting (~end of race effort for roughly a minute and a half). I've run this workout as fast as 5:54 average (last winter when it was 19 degrees) but I ran exactly that for the race. A more reasonable effort and I tend to beat the workout. Last year before Philly I ran about 1.5 seconds faster, but it was one a flat .5 mile loop. This loop is slightly more challenging.

I usually call this one the Hanson Brothers Workout, but of course they didn't invent it but I got the idea a few years ago here.

Workout history with half marathon times

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/163357565 (March 2012) w/ 1:33 half

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/296790808 (April 2013) w/ 1:21 half

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/371418481 (Sept 2013) w/ 1:17 half

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/460224072 (March 2014) w/ 1:17 half

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/588778379 (Sept 2014) w/ ?:?? half


PM: Wyndmoor - 4 miles, averaged 8:03.

Megan and I are headed to have Thai. I imagine I will be very hungry by time we walk to the top of the hill.


Newton MV3 Miles: 16.10Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 169.70
From Jake K on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:56:10 from

You should feel good about that. Very consistent. Ready for a good one next weekend!

From Jason D on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:19:10 from

Thanks, Jake. I do feel good about it. I've done my fair share of complaining recently and ~90% of the problem has been due to forced effort. Kept the effort right today.

Coming around nicely with 10 weeks to go for the marathon. Due for a week of cutback this week. 85-90 per week feels right to me, but I also don't want to end fall like I did last year . . .

From SlowJoe on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 17:00:37 from

Far too lazy to click all the links, but if you're only 1.5 sec off on tougher course, shortly before a PR half, that's pretty exciting. Definitely opportunity for another PR next weekend!

From Jason D on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 20:04:38 from

I figured no one would needed to click on all those links, but it puts them in one place for future reference. Pretty much exactly what I ran before Philly RnR last year and I think I've been running higher mileage. I've also had a longer period of consistent running given that my marathon this year was 4 weeks earlier than the previous year.

Not sure if it will be a PR day, but I am not going to rule it out. I ran perhaps my best race ever last year. Nothing like expecting to break 1:20 and running 1:17:50!

From joebell1981 on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 09:29:39 from

Wow - Ridiculously consistent pacing! :)

Great workout, Jason. Good luck next week.

From Jason D on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 19:56:22 from

I had to put in the decimal place because I couldn't quite believe it. I was monitoring my pace as I usually do but if you asked me in mile 3 or 4 what mile 2 was I couldn't have told you other than "a bit under 6:10."

Now that I have christened my tempo loop, I think my running is pretty well situated here in Philadelphia.

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