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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:

List of Possible 2020 Races

March 15: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile Gravel Race

March 28: Dirty 30 Gravel Race

April 4: Lowell Spring Classic 33 Mile

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


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



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: 12.30 Month: 123.40 Year: 123.40
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Saucony A6 Lifetime Miles: 221.96
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 603.95
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: 727.45
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: 730.60
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: 165.45
Wahoo Kickr Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Race: 500 Festival 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:35:42, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: 500 Festival 10k. Good race for me. 70 seconds of my 10k split from Phily RnR and 80 seconds from stand-alone efforts. Almost 2 minutes faster than last year, and 6 minutes and 48 second faster than the year before that. I'll write a touch more later. I did make a move at mile 4 for third place (I couldn't catch the leaders who were easily a minute ahead at the end of the race), and put 18 seconds on 4th and 40 seconds in 5th. 

REPORT: Got in 32 minutes of warmup, felt decent. Peeled off my warmups, and dropped my stuff in the gearcheck (loosely defined). Did a few leg swings and sized up the competition. Saw some gents that looked like they might be Indianapolis area college runners. I did a few strides in the starting area. Got off to a decent start. I eased off just a touch after we got moving and it looked like I had a lot more faster guys to deal with than I thought, but I heard some serious breathing from one or two. Got passed by 4-6 guys in the early miles, then I moved up to 5th around mile 3. I felt like I was working harder than the two guys I was running with in 3rd and 4th, but I knew I was in better shape than at least one of them and the other was a mystery.

Around mile 4 I decided to make a move even though my breathing was getting up there (legs felt fine). The 3rd guy dropped back to 5th and I decided to see if the 4th (now 3rd) guy would go with me, so I put a few seconds on him and he stayed somewhat close. But I kept pushing and I managed to spot him on some turns. Once I got the parkway I tried to keep pushing and by mile 6 I picked it up a bit more, finishing strong but not really with a kick (~5:15-5:20 for the partial).

The rich, chocolatey goodness: 5:48, 5:35? (missed the split I guess, but 11:20-11:25 for 2 miles), 5:52, 5:53, 5:42. 5:49, 1:03-1:04 (partial. took me a second or two to hit STOP because I haven't got used to switching off my Timex)

2 laps on the canal trail + a little extra (5.25 miles)

Met/exceeded the goals for the day. Pleased with my fitness. Thinking about my upcoming half in 3 weeks, and I am pretty sure I can run within a handful of seconds from what I did today (despite what the McMillian calculator says) if I make that a cutback week. Then there's that OTHER race 4 weeks from that.

PM: North side 5.8 miles, averaged 8:19

The crack in my toe won't quit. Had a blister that popped, then the skin broke on the underside crease of my big toe. I had to switch to ducttape + bandaid.

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 5.80Newton MV3 Miles: 9.95Newton Gravity LE Miles: 5.25
Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:44:01 from

Congrats on a strong race.

From steve ash on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 10:13:00 from

Nice work Jason, Over a full minute improvement in a year. I'd be jumping over that kind of gain. Very cool.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 12:52:38 from

Wow, nailed it! Go look at this entry, it's pretty funny now.


From Bret on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 12:56:22 from

Nice race Jason!

From Jake K on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 13:09:44 from

Dude! You're rolling - nice job!

From Matt Schreiber on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 13:18:12 from

Great PR Jason. It is only March. ;)

From Matt Poulsen on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 15:08:07 from

Great race, Jason! Looking great. Keep it up!

From Josh E on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 12:06:23 from

Congrats on the PR and the continued progression. Looks like the build up is on target for a nice race at Boston.

From allie on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 12:10:10 from

nice race, sir! what a strong comeback you've had these last few months. even though you didn't say it, there was some rich, chocolatey goodness happening on that timex.

From joebell1981 on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 14:11:35 from

Wow - great race, Jason! These guys were wrong when they said we had some sort of friendly IN competition going... You would crush me in any distance! 35:42? You're a badass, man! Keep it up.

From Jason D on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 17:28:49 from

Thanks, everyone. Steve made me realize that the race improvement was more significant than I realized. I was definitely more than happy with the time (slightly under A+ goal). Given that the other side of the 30-range is an unbreakable barrier for me, I'll take my minutes and seconds at this point.

Joe: Thanks for re-posting. I like that the url has "My Hope."

Allie: I will edit to reflect that change. Not sure why I didn't put it in.

Joe: The 10k might be the limit. Shorter stuff, I am less sure of!

From RileyCook on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 20:39:18 from

Congrats on a great race Jason! Gotta love when it comes together better than you expected.

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