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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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Flourtown Temp Loop - 15 miles, averaged 7:15 w/ 8 mile aerobic tempo

4 miles up/3 down

8 mile aerobic tempo in 51:48, averaged 6:28

6:37, 6:39, 6:28, 6:33, 6:27, 6:24, 6:21, 6:18

Narrowly avoided my second German Shepard attack in the last 2 1/2 months. It came across the road at me so I started yelling for help and looking for cover. Ran around a car and thought of jumping on it to get a height advantage (I should have broke every damn window in that car given that it was the owner's). I screamed for a while, and finally some neighbors informed me it was the people's dog in the yard I ran into. I grabbed a fence post but it was rotted. Still a decent poking tool. The owner must have got the dog around back of the house because I no longer saw it but didn't see the owner. I ran my mouth to anyone who would listen for a while. It's probably time to get some sort of defense device.

That pretty much ruined my concentration and I started to run too fast (~mile 2.3-2.5).

PM: Walking Dead-looking school athletic fields - 4 miles, averaged 8:14


Loose Dogs Miles: 1.00Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 15.00Kinvara 5 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 171.50
From Bob on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 13:14:45 from

Holy cow! Who needs tempo runs when all your ticker needs is a dog scare. There are different self defense alternatives out there. I carried something for a while when I saw a pit bull just running around.

From Bam on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 13:37:11 from

Ah JD, that's class. That's just made my Friday night:)

From Jason D on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 13:39:25 from

Since I moved to Philadelphia I've seen some insanely well behaved dogs. My tempo loop is out in the suburbs, and although a nice area, it has yards and people are a bit more lax. What I can never understand is why people with fenced in back yards leave unattended dogs out front.

But, yes, I got the ticker going. Resting heart rate was 39 this morning. Hoping it comes down from 239 earlier today :-)

From Jason D on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 13:45:27 from

It wasn't very classy. My mouth wasn't, and I am sure people didn't like me yelling but I think they understood I was pretty frightened.

Any chance you want to move here and pace me on a bike that comes equipped with a stun gun?

From Bam on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 14:02:17 from

I'm that blind I'd probably shoot you - so yeah, why not.

From Jake K on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 14:10:55 from

I just googled "German Shepherd Puppies" and I'm guessing those aren't exactly the kind you came across.

From SlowJoe on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:30:13 from

You and the German shepherds are building quite a history! When I lived in the boondocks (OK) all dogs were loose - I started just pausing the garmin and do a little charge at them and yell "NO!" 99% of the time, a domestic dog will back off a bit and just bark. The other 1% of the time, you'll probably just get mauled. The odds are in your favor though.

From Rob on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 17:48:04 from

Pepper spray

From Matt Schreiber on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 18:49:24 from

The 1st German shepherd that go made at me about made me soil myself. I do think know how you keep surviving these near misses.

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