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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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Track Workout - 10 miles total. 

Had a good workout today with a decent break in the weather. Favorable conditions in the mid to upper 70s but nice and dry with a dew point just under 60 (heavenly).

I planned on a mile breakdown workout, then I thought a version of the Michigan might be "fun" (with the tempo miles closer to fast marathon pace or steady state), then I thought I should be getting into more LT stuff, but I told myself just 2-3 more faster track sessions given that I have ~11 weeks until my half. I definitely want to be more into marathon training but I think working on my speed for just a few more sessions might be helpful as I begin to mix in aerobic tempos, long runs, and LT workouts.

Anyway . . .

1600 (400), 2 x 800 (200), 4 x 400 (200)

5:24.4, 2:40.8, 2:40.7, 76.5, 76.7, 76.6, 74.2

Cooled down to 10 miles

PM: 4 miles easy with Megan. HR 131.

+ Stretching (late)


Kinvara 5 Green Miles: 4.00Nike Zoom Streak LT2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 176.20
From Drew on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 18:29:05 from

Wow, nice workout!

I find doing things like that can *really* help leading into a marathon block. Makes MP seem much more manageable - more like a balancing of speed and stamina, but not overly demanding on the speed.

From SlowJoe on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 19:48:18 from

Pretty cool idea and a really nice result. Might steal it (the idea, not the result!).

From Jason D on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 20:32:45 from

Thanks, guys. The workout was about as fast as I could have hoped and I was breathing pretty heavy at the end. I finally locked into some dead on pacing and finished hard.

Joe: Basically combinations of 3-4 miles so you trick yourself into thinking it's going to be easy :-) I did a similar workout in light snow last winter but I had a 1200 after the 1600. That one is tough.

Drew: I did something as simple as 6 x 200 strides just below mile pace then cutting down last marathon buildup, and I attribute my lack of staleness leading into the marathon to those. They are just long strides of course but I kept them fast and it kept me from locking completely into marathon pace. I did find that running much faster than 6:00 pace wasn't as easy as it once early in the buildup.

I might do 1-2 track sessions once I get some more marathon stuff under my belt just to stay sharp as well as see how fitness improves with a more finely tuned aerobic engine and cooler weather.

From allie on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 18:01:42 from

nice workout. all of your splits are great but i think your 1600 is especially impressive. you are definitely heading into your half/full training with some fast wheels -- this is a fine recipe.

From Jason D on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 19:37:28 from

Thanks, allie. In cooler weather I've knocked out 3 x 1 mile around this pace but I am trying not to compare workouts too much (at least on the faster end). If I get in a mile under 5:30, run hard some more, and live to tell about it, I consider it a good day.

I'm trying to make marathon pace easy and current 10k pace sustainable for a longer distance. I would much prefer to run 8-mile tempos are marathon pace but those are my strengths, not my weaknesses.

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