Of Mice and Marathons

July 15, 2019

Recent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesJason D's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!


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: 19.30 Month: 147.70 Year: 2231.15
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 500.70
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 368.30
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 536.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 348.80
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 371.80
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 1264.60
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 533.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 279.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 688.77
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 600.65
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 3505.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 91.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: 7 x 1 Mile @ LT: 5:55, 6:03, 6:00, 5:58, 5:58, 5:57, 5:55 (5:58 average). 2 Minute recovery jogs (8:15-9:30 pace). Warmed up 4 with a half mile at MP, a few quick stretches, and two pace strides. Had to navigate some work trucks, but we reached a silent understanding I think. I thought I would be much faster, closer to my calculated LT pace of 5:50, but I guess I am entering the territory where you can't just knock out mile repeats 10 seconds below HMP. I just couldn't get my legs to turn over. My breathing was quite good. No extension in my hips. I feel pretty good about the workout. 3.5 down. A little over 16 total. Going to hit the 3000 mile mark this afternoon.

Ran in my new flats. I really needed new shoes as you can tell :) They were my present to myself for my A++ goal at Philly and I had some credit at the local running store and some extra coin from an extra copy editing job I picked up. Some nice improvement over the MV2, but not quite as firm. The heel counter is much more flexible and the inside is even better sockless (as I prefer). The sole on the midfoot has more surface area, which makes it a better marathon shoe. Finally, my size 12 was 6.5 oz, and my former flats were 7.2 oz. Pretty decent when you can knock out 16 miles in a brand new, out of the box, pair of shoes sockless and not get any hot spots.

PM: Rest Haven Cemetery - 4.5 miles, averaged 8:27. "Jason what was the first thing you did when you hit the 3000-mile mark? Well, thought about how much a hate the people in this town. Then I had a banana and a very rare post-run beer."

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 4.50Newton MV3 Miles: 16.10
Weight: 170.70
From Jake K on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:20:37 from

Really good workout - pace, volume.. had it all.

It does get tougher and tougher to run faster than HM pace as you get faster... especially when you are doing 6 or more reps. This is good stamina work!

From Matt Schreiber on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 21:29:00 from

Congrats on 3000! I was wondering if you'd catch that or not. :)

From Jason D on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 21:53:40 from

Thanks, Jake. I am getting closer to the outside of that magic LT=half marathon pace (as Hadley defines it 60-75 minutes) The last time I did 7 x 1 mile was last September and I did them @ 6:35ish pace, 1:30 rest, half dead recoveries. The last time I did a set of mile repeats was August 14 and I think I was a bit slower but with 5 repeats and SLOW recovery jogs (~10:30). Felt even better when I looked over my log.

Matt: Oh, I barely noticed :-). I'm up almost 600 from last year, which I am pleased about. My goal for the year was 3000. Not sure how many years I can continue to climb, but I will sure try. Even with a busy schedule 10-12 a day is very doable. If I were running on a treadmill I could do that in 75+ minutes a day. Fewer days off really helps, more doubles (4-5 rather than 3-4). I haven't run more than 17 miles in any one run in probably 5 months, but days like today running 20+ AM/PM are helpful. I expected to be about 17 lbs by now, but all in time :)

From joebell1981 on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 04:09:15 from

Awesome, buddy - looking strong. See you at IMM :)

From Jason D on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 08:45:04 from

Thanks, Joe. I will see you there, I'm sure. I was surprised how close the 3:05 pace group was to the elite "barrier" (smallish rope), which didn't leave much room for faster halfers and marathoners. I'm sure you won't be far away. It's getting to be a sizable race. Over 10,000 this year?!

From allie on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 17:22:51 from

very nice workout.

congrats on the 3000+!

From Jason D on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 18:25:33 from

Thanks, Allie. I wouldn't know that people ran that much without the blog, or that some people (he shall remain nameless) run 5-6 thousand or some other people (she shall remain nameless) run 4 peak marathons per year.

From Jake K on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 18:41:35 from

For the record, I have cut back my mileage this year.

From Jason D on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 19:36:40 from

Yes, I see. I was going to make a joke that I was referring to Dave Holt but he was "only" at the 4500 mark.

Looks like the highs have been 120-140. I recall Boston 2012 and the 150-160 mile weeks and many "man-beast" doubles of 13/13 (or more).

Add Your Comment.
  • Keep it family-safe. No vulgar or profane language. To discourage anonymous comments of cowardly nature, your IP address will be logged and posted next to your comment.
  • Do not respond to another person's comment out of context. If he made the original comment on another page/blog entry, go to that entry and respond there.
  • If all you want to do is contact the blogger and your comment is not connected with this entry and has no relevance to others, send a private message instead.
Only registered users with public blogs are allowed to post comments. Log in with your username and password or create an account and set up a blog.
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements
Web fastrunningblog.com