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Location:

Shelby Township,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

PRs

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:

List of Possible 2020 Races

March 15: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile Gravel Race

March 28: Dirty 30 Gravel Race

April 18: Barry Roubaix 36-Mile Gravel Race

May 02: Black Fork Gravel Grinder 54 Mile

May 30: Hellkat 50 Gravel Race

June 20: Cow Pie Classic 33-Mile Gravel Race

July 26: The Divide 34-Mile Gravel Race

FALL

Sept 13: Uncle John's Dirty Ride 56-Mile Gravel Race

Sept: Michigan Mountain Mayhem 40-Mile Gravel Race

Oct 31: Lowell Classic Gravel Race 32 Mile

 

Personal:

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: 27.60 Month: 83.60 Year: 83.60
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Saucony A6 Lifetime Miles: 221.96
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 599.85
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 443.70
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 555.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 413.30
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 2297.75
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 714.25
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 465.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 740.87
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 718.30
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 7560.80
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 469.00
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Lifetime Miles: 230.20
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Lifetime Miles: 151.15
Wahoo Kickr Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
114.800.000.000.00114.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 42.20Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 11.80Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 52.90Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 684.25Saucony ISO Freedom Miles: 4.20Miles With Megan Miles: 12.00Specialized Diverge Pro Miles: 134.20
Weight: 183.68
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

PM: 3.1 miles, averaged 11:22. HR 137.

Signed up for Barry Roubaix today as well as the Michigan Gravel Race Series points system. Running might be my cross training for a little while. But this plan changes at least twice a day.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 3.10
Weight: 0.00
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Off.

Didn't run at lunch as I am swamped with work. Should have run when I got home or after dinner, but didn't.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.700.000.000.003.70

PM: 3.7 miles, averaged 12:13. HR 135.

Wore my Vibrams for the first time in 7 or 8 years to amuse myself. Concentrating on running nothing higher than 140 BPM for the next 4 months. This is what it took today. I put the alarm on my watch, which I haven't used in a long long time as its uses are pretty limited.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.100.000.000.002.10

PM: 2.1 miles treadmill.

Couldn't keep HR down even jalking at 14' pace, so I pulled it. I was going to incline walk, but got crashed mentally and could only think about being in bed, so that is what I did. Mentally took a sharp down turn.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 2.10
Weight: 185.60
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Off.

Not much better than the previous day mentally or physically, but I got back into the doctor's and got on steroids and an inhaler. Thankful for them fitting me in and good health insurance and a flexible schedule.

Weight: 185.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.300.000.000.004.30

Lunch: 4.3 miles, averaged 11:33. HR 134.

Last day of regular classes. Ran when I got home at lunch. Physically better and mentally much better. I assume the mental drop was the 100 MPH to 0 MPH exercise crash (went from 105 miles and 15-17 hours of exercise to nothing) coupled with end of semester stress.

Run was good but very slow, which I don't really care about. Nothing but slow sub-140 HR running for a number of weeks. I will return to workouts some day when my weight drops back down and I am able to run sub-140 HR for 8:00-8:15 pace.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.30
Weight: 185.60
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.400.000.000.004.40

PM: 4.4 miles, averaged 11:24. HR 131.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 4.40
Weight: 184.60
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PM: 65' walk on the treadmill. HR 119.

Did 60' @ 15% incline. The purpose was to sweat without getting my HR too elevated. Cough still present. Hoping the next few days of steroids knocks it out. I'm tired of it.

Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 65.00
Weight: 0.00
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PM: 3.4 miles in 60' walking @ 15% on the treadmill. HR 131.

Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 60.00
Weight: 185.30
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.200.000.000.004.20

PM: 4.2 miles, averaged 11:47. HR 132.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 4.20
Weight: 184.30
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.200.000.000.004.20

PM: 4.2 miles, averaged 12:01. HR 134.

Lower 20s and around 18MPH winds. Felt decent. Cough is somewhat better, but whatever it is it's serious business as I only have a few days of steroids and I think it will still be slighly longering. Not sure when I will feel normal again. Much faster than 11-12' does not feel appropriately easy.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.20
Weight: 184.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.300.000.000.004.30

PM: 4.3 miles, averaged 11:44. HR 132.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.30
Weight: 183.40
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.200.000.000.004.20

PM: 4.2 miles, averaged 11:57. HR 135.

Freaked out on some idiot driving too fast up to a stop sign in a school driveway pulling on to a side street. Last day of steroids tomorrow. Still coughing a bit, but it's mostly mild.

Hit 700 miles on my Saucony Freedoms. They are ripping, but the cushioning is still excellent.

PM2: 60 miles very easy on the arc trainer (or elliptical, I'm still not sure). HR 117.

Saucony ISO Freedom Miles: 4.20Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 60.00
Weight: 183.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.900.000.000.004.90

PM: 4.9 miles, averaged 12:19. HR 135.

Day 10 of steroids. Better, but still do not feel normal. 5 weeks is a long time to have a cough.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 4.90
Weight: 181.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.100.000.000.004.10

PM: 4.1 miles, averaged 12:16. HR 132.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.10
Weight: 181.60
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.300.000.000.005.30

PM: 5.3 miles, averaged 11:18. HR 140.

Submitted grades around 10:00 PM or so.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 5.30
Weight: 184.80
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.300.000.000.006.30

Lunch: 6.3 miles, averaged 10:27. HR 139.

Cold and damp but I felt pretty good.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 6.30
Weight: 183.40
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.300.000.000.007.30

PM: 7.3 miles, averaged 9:58. HR 142.

Quite chilly out with the wind. Felt good if a bit hungover.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 7.30
Weight: 181.60
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.300.000.000.008.30

PM: 8.3 miles, averaged 10:09. HR 148.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 8.30
Weight: 181.40
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.300.000.000.0010.30

PM: 10.3 miles, averaged 10:21. HR 147.

Night: pushups

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 10.30
Weight: 181.40
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.300.000.000.005.30

Lunch: 5.3 miles, averaged 10:24. HR 140.

Breathing a bit labored.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 5.30
Weight: 185.40
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Lunch: 38.3-mile ride. HR 158.

PM: 4 miles w/ Megan, averaged 10:12. HR 153.

It was sunny and working toward 50 degrees with light winds, so I had to get out on my bike. Enjoyed the ride even though I am way out of shape. Slammed down a Chipotle burrito and went grocery shopping and then went running with Megan about 90 minutes later. I guessed my average HR within 1 beat per minute for the run.

Plan is to ride tomorrow (temps around 51), and hopefully Thursday. I'd like to hit some more dirt roads than cinder urban trails and tar that I did today.

Miles With Megan Miles: 4.00Specialized Diverge Pro Miles: 38.30Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 141.25Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 4.00
Weight: 185.60
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PM: 45.3-mile ride. HR 153.

Beautiful day out. It was around 57 when I left. I rode to downtown Rochester and did the Thursday Night Dirt B-Group loop. Gravel was in pretty solid shape. I really wasn't sure what it would look like with all the temperature changes. Didn't get out until later as I was quite hungover and rode for a bit in the dark with the aid of my lights, which I spent a lot of money on for that exact reason.

Specialized Diverge Pro Miles: 45.30Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 178.00
Weight: 182.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.400.000.000.0012.40

Lunch/PM: 12.4 miles, averaged 9:50. HR 150.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 12.40
Weight: 183.60
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Off.

Tremendous hangover. We started the day with Megan's uncle and then stayed for a while at Megan's other aunt and uncle's before driving home.

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PM: 50.6-mile ride. HR 158.

Did the full Thursday Night Dirt Route solo starting from Rochester Mills Brewing Company with the bonus miles of riding to the start and home. Mid-50s and dry. Had to get this in. Criminal not to. Definitely my last ride of the year and I doubt I will get any more gravel rides in for a while as this gift of weather will not last. Headed to Maine tomorrow for 6 days before the semester starts up.

Specialized Diverge Pro Miles: 50.60Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 180.00
Weight: 0.00
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Off. Flew to Maine.

 

 

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Lunch: 4 miles w/ Megan, averaged 9:31. HR 153.

First full day in Maine. Megan was on the move today. She motored some of the hills. 8 years on the blog today.

Miles With Megan Miles: 4.00Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.100.000.000.004.10

PM: 4.1 miles, averaged 9:47. HR 155.

Storm coming in tomorrow.

Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

PM: 4 miles w/ Megan, averaged 9:30. HR 146.

Megan was on the move again today.

 

Miles With Megan Miles: 4.00Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 4.00
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Off.

We got about 8 inches of snow in Maine and the roads weren't fantastic earlier in the day, though they cleared pretty quickly. Did a bit of shoveling for my parents. We went to my nephew's birthday party and had a good time.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
114.800.000.000.00114.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Miles: 42.20Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 11.80Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Miles: 52.90Cross Training Minutes 2019 Miles: 684.25Saucony ISO Freedom Miles: 4.20Miles With Megan Miles: 12.00Specialized Diverge Pro Miles: 134.20
Weight: 183.68
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