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Purdue Boilermaker 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

November 23: Regal Beagle 50k

Gravel Races

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 56 Mile

October 26: Lowell 50


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.


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

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
From RileyCook on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 10:24:53 from

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

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

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

Great race Jason.

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

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

Well done Jason - nice effort.

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

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

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

Looking great two weeks out!

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

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

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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