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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:

Racing Schedule 2018/2019

August 4: Beach to Beacon 10k

October 22: Detroit International Half Marathon 

January 20: Houston Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

I'd love to get my marathon time into the 2:3X range or under.

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: 40.10 Month: 223.80 Year: 1122.80
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 282.30
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 78.45
Nike Lunar Racer Lifetime Miles: 308.10
Adidas Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 338.60
Nike Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 251.15
Saucony ISO Zealot Lifetime Miles: 78.40
Brooks Launch 3 Red Lifetime Miles: 59.50
Altra One V3 Lifetime Miles: 532.95
Cross Training Minutes 2018 Lifetime Miles: 457.00
Altra One 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 267.85
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 89.80
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 103.00
Specialized Diverge (Gravel Bike) Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
71.000.003.001.0075.00
Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 14.00Newton Gravity LE Miles: 9.00Newton MV2 Miles: 4.00Newton Gravity III Miles: 9.00Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 4.50Saucony A5 Miles: 8.50Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 9.00Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 9.00Mizuno Musha Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

South side loop - 14 miles, averaged 8:07.

Warmish with medium humidity. Not terrible but it's not my favorite. Trying to acclimate.

I may not be the fastest guy on the blog, in fact I doubt I am in the top 100. But I am guessing I am in the top 10 for falls. Notched another one on the crete today and barely got a scratch. This is the second fall in 8 days and at least the 3rd fall of 2014. I can think of 8 or 10 falls in the last ~3.5 years. Average that over ~8000 miles and you don't have a good track record.

#lafayettesidewalksaintpretty

A very special Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers all the blog and wives and mothers of those on the blog. Hardest reponsibility in the world.

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Vinton Woods - 9 miles, no watch. Did a few strides.

Added up all my shoe mileage to get an accurate count of my lifetime miles: 8336. ~2.5 years on the blog accounts for 7000+.

Newton Gravity LE Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

AM: Jefferson High School (reverse + extended) - 9 miles, no watch

Might do something wild and crazy to mix things up and do a short run in the afternoon with strides + blasts. But maybe not. Don't want to get too carried away by deviating from my same three loops.

PM: North side - 4 miles, averaged 8:06. Did a few strides. Followed it up with 6 hill blasts, which I quite like. I also have a parallel hill that gives me the option to up the efforts to a .25+ mile (some day).

Newton MV2 Miles: 4.00Newton Gravity III Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.003.001.0013.00

AM: Purdue Track Workout

Meet up with Brandon and some gents for a workout. I knew I was going to be the fat kid who gets picked last to play kickball so I was feeling a bit nervous but the guys were nice (they were running 5:05, 5:20, 5:30, and 5:40. I was going to try to see where I landed). We ended up going out own paces (obviously).

Workout was supposed to be 4 x 1 mile @ CV w/ 90 seconds rest, then 4 x 400 @ 5k goal pace. We started together and worked into our own paces. I thought I could stay just behind Brandon, which I did for the first one, but the rust has set it too deeply. I got booted off after my 3rd repeat because they were setting up for the meet this weekend. Fair enough. I was dead. Waited as the other guys finished and we ran to the indoor track for some 400s. Those were okay. I rarely run that fast for anything more than 200m. Need to work on leg speed and running fast. I've gotten way too comfortable running 5:50-6:15 (even though it isn't precisely "easy" for me).

1600s: 5:49, 5:57, 6:02

79, 76, 75, 77

Glad the first workout is over. Estimated my mileage because I had my Timex and we did some running hither and thither. Brandon looked good, running the last of 5 repeats at 5:17 pace.

I don't like when workouts are fewer than 10 miles total, so it is out in the afternoon to shake out the legs.

PM: North side - 4.5 miles, averaged 8:10

 

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 4.50Saucony A5 Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Jefferson High School (reverse direction) - 9 miles, no watch

Mid-40s. My kind of running weather (the other option is 70-80 with ~25% humidity but that doesn't happen)

Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Jefferson High School + 9th Street + randomness and old familiars - 9 miles, averaged 7:49

Ran with Julian, Brandon, and Matt at a reasonable, adult hour of 7:00. Nice to be back before I am usually getting out of bed. Cold and rainy. Enjoyed myself though. Might get out for a shorty this afternoon to warm up for some strides + blasts. Might not. Mileage is getting close to 80, which is my happy place but I don't want to push my luck. Tough when the weather is cool and you are feeling decent.

PM: No run. I did spend some productive time working out a knot in my right hamstring with some serious torque from The Stick. I expected it to snap (the device not my hamstring). Going to the cold and wet Big Ten track meet 10k. Rumor on the FB street is that top dude in Big Ten needs a qualifier and Purdue dude is going to go with him. Folks were like "the 10k isn't exciting." Well, neither is a 100m sprint (though it's very impressive). I watch marathons on TV. Watching young gets running ~4:45 pace on a the same track I was loafing on the other day is very exciting for me.

Hemmm....somehow there is a link for The Stick that deadends and that I didn't link in the above.

Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

North side - 8 miles, unfiltered beer pace (8:16). Did some strides and five hill blasts (weak)

Walked 3 miles in the cold rain last night to watch the Big Ten 10k. Got there for the men's bell lap. Apparently they started at 9 not 9:30. I did get to see the women's and a freshman from Michigan absolutely dominanted. 32:47? I think. She strung it out from the first lap, lapped the field going into the last 1600 meters and looked strong the whole way. She finished looking fresher than I sometimes do after an 8-mile AT tempo.

So far knocking down my drinking days from 7 to 2 has done NOTHING for my scale weight, but the Dodge Fat Test (simple pinch of the skin below the navel) tells me I have lost quite a few fat percentage points. My new theory is that my overindulgence in peanut butter has been fueling a fat demon that lives inside my hamstring and calls out split times and that is where the weight is being stored.

Mizuno Musha Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
71.000.003.001.0075.00
Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 14.00Newton Gravity LE Miles: 9.00Newton MV2 Miles: 4.00Newton Gravity III Miles: 9.00Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 4.50Saucony A5 Miles: 8.50Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 9.00Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 9.00Mizuno Musha Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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