Of Mice and Marathons

July 23, 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: 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

Lunch: 6.25 miles, somewhat moderate. Did a few strides.

PM: 4.5 miles. Almost punched a car that tried to deliberately hit me, but then remembered the city is full of guns and people who use them.

+ stretching. Should be in bed because I have a race in the morning, but I got done my work fairly late. Looks like a nice cool morning and a flat course. Plan is just to run hard, race, and push it.

Kinvara 5 Green Miles: 6.25Saucony Ride 7 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 174.70
From allie on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 19:11:52 from

i'm glad you didn't get hit.

i'm probably going to get into trouble someday, because i tap on the backs of cars a lot -- at least 1-2 times a week. the really bad ones get a harder whack to increase the startle factor and wake them up to the reality that their phone preoccupation just might kill someone someday. a lot of times the driver will look me right in the eye and then go anyway.

From Jason D on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 19:31:59 from

It was dark out, but it was a non-busy intersection and I turned to flash my headlamp to show I was crossing. It looked like I was in the clear. I heard the engine and a few quick beeps and they cut in at me. It was pretty clear it was intentional.

Did you have such persistent problems in Utah?

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 19:35:44 from

I once slammed a big chunk of cement with rebar sticking out of it onto the hood of a Chevy Monte Carlo on Pinehurst Ave. in Dunedin, Fl.

It was very satisfying. Car load of drunks throwing beer bottles at me on a run.

From Drew on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 20:15:35 from

Jason, good call. Florida is an outlier, but still...don't underestimate your fellow human.

From allie on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 20:22:30 from

it's far worse in ATL, but we live right downtown so every running route has a lot more traffic, stop lights, and general city chaos.

rob - ha!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 20:23:16 from

I was only 21 at the time and kind of dumb.

From Jason D on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 22:17:10 from

Rob: Jake briefly made reference to it once and at one point I was going to bring it up but didn't know if you would want me mentioning it where your runners might read it (just in case). But I'm glad I now have the full story!

I basically said my "peace." Well, I started to berserk a little and started running down the middle of a more crowded street before I snapped out of it. Lost myself for a moment. The run also took me out of my easy zone for a time. I prefer to run 8:30+ or faster than 6:30. Oh well!

Allie: this is technically in the suburbs, but it's basically the same thing with trees. You couldn't pay me enough to run in Center City (downtown). Except during races. It's pretty good then.

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