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Detroit International Half Marathon

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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

March 24: Ann Arbor Half Marathon

April 28: Glass City Marathon

July: Pure Detroit 5k

August 3: Beach to Beacon

September 22: Brooksie Way 10k

October 20: Detroit International Half

Gravel Races

March 16: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile

March 30: Dirty 30

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

July 28: The Divide 34 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 56 Mile

September 28: Michigan Moutain Mayhem 40 Mile


September 7: Alma CX

September 15: Big Bad Wolf

October 12: Beer City Growler

October 26: Bloomer CX

November 24: Detroit Invitational

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: 82.80 Month: 225.75 Year: 2991.52
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 404.70
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Nike Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 265.25
Brooks Launch 3 Red Lifetime Miles: 91.75
Cross Training Minutes 2018 Lifetime Miles: 4034.80
Altra One 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 566.45
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 484.85
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 342.25
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 183.60
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 249.20
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 314.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 97.30
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 51.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 60.50
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 48.50
Race: Detroit International Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:20:22, Place overall: 31, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Detroit International Half. 14.6 miles total.

It was a cold morning. Around 34 degrees but it felt colder. Race was at 7:00AM, so I had to get up at 5. Megan and I drove down and found a place to park, which was quite easy. Did an easy 16' warmup with two strides. Probably should have done 20' or 25' as I used to, but I've been trying to warm up without doing too much for a half. I have done as much as 3 miles and that might be too much.

Goal was sub-1:20, which I knew wasn't out of the question but difficult. Figured I would start around 1:21-1:22 the first mile or two and work down. I figured 1:20-1:21 low was probably an accurate assessment of fitness, but I am also not doing the same sort of workouts I usually do.

It was extremely congested at the start and the C coral was full of just-barely-sub-8' pacing and starting line selfies (the starting line area was packed with non-racing people as well). I decided to butt my way forward as far as I could go without looking suspiscious. It makes you look like a jerk, but it is annoying and dangerous to have moving at too disparate of speeds. It was still too congested, but I forgot what it is like to be at a relatively big race (just under 10k just for the half).

First few miles were pretty slow. First 5k around 19:20-19:30, which was not making me happy. Most of the first miles were dark enough I couldn't see my watch that well and I wasn't taking splits anyway. My legs felt like they wouldn't turn over. Breathing felt like harder marathon effort. Honest hill around mile 3 going over the bridge and you get it back on the other side. I started to pick up things after that and got rolling okay.

Miles 4ish to 8ish were in Windsor, Canada. It was a nice area. Very metric. Looked a little different than my hometown of Windsor Maine.

The tunnel coming back was weird, hot, and creepy. Nice downhill and then a slight uphill for your efforts in the fart steamy air. Around miles 8 or 9 I tried to push because I knew I was probably in the 1:20 range. Passed a few people and worked on passing a few more in the final 5k, which I did. Around mile 11 my quad started to give out, which is rather strange as my quads are never an issue. Started to lose my legs at the 13-mile-mark, but made a decent attempt to kick. It's a long finishing stretch. Not Boylston street long, but long.

Did not cool down as my quad was painful (I think it is just a cramp). I did walk a bunch in the cold with my lips turning blue and teeth chattering because I have no sense of direction and couldn't find Megan.

Splits from Strava (even though they are likely not completely accurate):

6:06: 6:13, 6:19, 6:04, 5:47, 6:03, 5:58, 5:52, 6:06, 6:06, 5:59, 6:04, 5:58, 5:33 pace for partial

Satisfied with my time, which is 3 seconds slower per mile than a 10k 4 weeks ago. Lots of work to do, but I had a good time and raced fairly well.

PM: 16.1-mile ride. HR 126.

A good portion was on single track. It was cold and very beautiful and I had fun.

Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Miles: 14.60Cross Training Minutes 2018 Miles: 86.00Specialized Diverge Pro Miles: 16.10
Weight: 174.50
From jtshad on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 09:14:32 from

Nice race. Good time especially with the crowds and cold temps. Sorry about the cramping.

From Jason D on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 20:34:57 from

Thanks, Jeff. I actually prefer the cold, but walking around after in it was very unpleasant. It turns out the quad was just a nasty cramp. Very sore today, but otherwise everything is good!

From Bret on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 14:40:11 from

Great report Jason - looks like a really good result and solid effort. Congrats. Your fitness is improving nicely.

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