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Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon

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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:

Running Races 2019

November 23: Regal Beagle 50k

Gravel Races

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 56 Mile

October 26: Lowell 50

Cyclocross

September 7: Alma Grand Prix

September 22: Big Bad Wolf

October 12: Detroit Cx Invitational

November 16: Bloomer Cx

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.

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: 40.23 Month: 229.33 Year: 2596.33
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Saucony A6 Lifetime Miles: 221.96
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 531.20
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 412.80
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 545.35
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 400.60
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 388.50
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 1557.30
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 587.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 315.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 705.67
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 649.70
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 4550.00
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 143.80
Race: Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:20:20, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.0013.100.0022.60

AM: Boilermaker Half. Missed my sub-1:20 goal, but this was a workout at the end of my biggest week ever and if I said I was disappointed I'd also have to consider myself foolish. 

Rainy and 42. My first race of perhaps 30 or so that it has rained (Beach to Beacon had a passing shower this summer). This is the second year of the race and the 3rd revision to the course, but I double checked to make sure it was still certified. Indeed it is. Timex it is. I wanted to run about 6:00 minute pace on the flats and work the hills by effort, finishing 1:18:30-1:20. I was running close to 6 flat for the first 6 or 7 miles, then the uphills started and I lost some time, which was to be expected. My real goal was to finish in the top 10. I was 9th for the first two miles (we were packed up, which was super fun), and a few guys fell off around mile 4 and I moved into 5 for most of the race, passing a young fellow at mile 12 to break into 4th (a top 3 finish would have required 1:18 something). I felt like I raced according to effort today, and kept it honest. I was pretty tired from mile 7 on, but I didn't feel completely dead-legged in the final 1-2 miles (just heavy). On a flat course I'm not sure how much faster my time would have been. The real goal is in two weeks anyway, so that is were I am looking. With 50-60 miles in my legs rather than 80 and a dead flat course, I expect a decent PR (of course not as big as the last jump).

2.25 up and 3 down. I started to bonk and get dizzy on the cool down (I decided to run without a gel for the first time in a half, took no water given that it was coming from the sky and it was cool). So . . . things I consumed while running my cool down: large cup of Gatorade recovery, a granola bar maybe 2, a banana, some rice cakes, 2-3 packages of fancy graham cracker things. Some other crap too I think. I felt better after that. Good practice for potential, future ultras too.

Rich, chocolatey goodness: 5:59, 6:03, 6:14, 6:00, 5:47 (quite downhill), 6:08 (slight hill toward the end) 6:04, 6:13, 6:22, 6:16, 6:11, 6:30 (hills), 6:02, ~33 seconds for the partial. It's a .1 steepish downhill, which I both love and hate.

My second fastest time for the half, so that's also good (a minute faster than my old PR last April)

About mile 8 I heard a young woman say what sounded like "they went out too fast." I almost gave her a Mr. Murphy lecture on being a good volunteer but I figured if I stopped I would roll back down the hill from campus into the Wabash river.

PM: 4.25 in the cemetery in just under 35 minutes.

My first 100-mile week! A PR in mileage by 5 or 6 miles I think. Maybe another one next week, but it's hard to tell. Definitely something into the 90s, a number that has served me quite well over the last 9-10 weeks.

 

Why do we lose good running form? See knee drive on #3.

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 4.25Saucony Kinvara 2 (2) Miles: 3.00Newton MV3 Miles: 15.35
Weight: 172.00
Comments
From RileyCook on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 10:24:53 from 174.52.234.49

Nice effort Jason, especially at the end of a monster week!

From steve ash on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 10:51:24 from 174.52.100.252

Good work Jason, especially at the end of a big week this will really help supercharge your fitness level.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 12:01:53 from 24.10.249.165

Great race Jason.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 12:55:18 from 66.69.93.8

Sound like you are right on target for the PR in Indy. Congrats on the high finish and great effort.

From Bret on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 13:14:22 from 72.91.143.44

Well done Jason - nice effort.

From Jake K on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 13:44:10 from 67.177.11.154

Good race Jason. Its pretty much impossible to crush HMs 2 weeks apart, so good to hold back a little today, keep the training volume up, then rip it at Monumental in 2 weeks.

I thought "rich, chocolatey goodness" was referring to your gels, and thought - wait, where's the peanut butter?!

From allie on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 14:20:30 from 97.117.87.43

great race, jason. a great result after a big week of training.

i'm most impressed by your cool down feast.

From Andrea on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 14:37:59 from 67.177.11.154

Looking great two weeks out!

From Jason D on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 16:41:22 from 24.1.80.94

Thanks, everyone. I really enjoy racing as a hard effort when I'm not chasing a PR.

Joe: I was happy to place well. Last year a 1:06 guy ran a 1:08 as a workout. This year the top 2 were high-1:15 and third was 1:18 something. He was in pink shorts and no shirt, but very fit looking. And strangely tan for Oct. 19...

Jake: I purposely keep my mileage high to both see what I could do, and so I didn't get any ideas about PRs (unless of course I happened to run one). I must admit I am intrigued by PB GUs. They sound good, just not while I am running. I will once again put in a plug for Huma strawberry gels. I am in no way sponsored or endorsed by Huma gels, but if I were I'd probably survive off them when the end of the month comes around.

The phrase is one that one of my professors uses, so I have taken to using it.

Allie: I'd have to say it was easily 600 calories but I didn't want to pass out. That would have been embarrassing. I can tell you that rice cakes are not a good run-while-you-eat option. breathing + dry food + cold and snotty = hard-to-breathey.

From Matt Schreiber on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 18:47:09 from 66.87.73.249

Awesome race Jason. Should be fun to shave some time off that PR at Indy! Lookin'forward to it.

I envision those PB gels being thick like PB.

And congrats on the 100 mile week!

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