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Lake Orion,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011



Goal Type:


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:

2021 Bike Races

Sept 11: Uncle John's Dirty Ride 56 Mile

Oct 2: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

Nov 6: Bell's Iceman Cometh


I live in Michigan with my wife, Megan. I started running in September 2010.

(Please note that Strava links might contain blog inappropriate langauge)


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Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 3.00 Month: 3.00 Year: 142.09
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Lifetime Miles: 225.45
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 609.75
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 443.70
Nike Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 269.45
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 413.30
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 803.15
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 740.87
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 730.60
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 492.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Lifetime Miles: 555.60
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Lifetime Miles: 485.85
Kinvara 10 Lifetime Miles: 45.50
Kinvara 10 II Lifetime Miles: 26.20
Miles With The Boys Lifetime Miles: 21.90
Race: Zoo Run 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:48, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: Zoo Run 5k. 75 degrees and 86% humidity. Not comfy, but the sun stayed hidden. Warmup up 2.5 miles, with about a quarter to a third @ MPish, which was plenty. I was already sweaty.

Lined up, and a mother was telling her 6- or 7-year-old to be careful. I was a bit worried about him going around the first corner, so I watched out for him a bit. The faster folks were breaking away in the first quarter mile, but I could still see them most of the race. I didn't feel like the pace was fast enough, so I started picking it up through the zoo into the first slight downhill, splitting Mile 1: 5:44. Hit the 3rd turn going onto 31st street, heading up Wallace, which parallels the the last ~half mile of mile 2. I passed maybe 2-3 people during mile 2. Right on Park next to the zoo. Fellah in front of me was grabbing water and dumping it over his head. Down Rugar (again, similar profile going slightly downhill). I may have passed someone here, but I can't remember. Mile 2: 5:48. Effort felt high, but somehow my breathing wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Back up one side street and I sat behind two guys (turns out one was 18, and I feel old being 10 years older). I tried to get by them but they were racing each other and I was 2-3 seconds behind and couldn't get much on them (I'm guessing I was running low 5-minute range). I saw the clock ticking 17:42 and knew I was under so I may have let up a bit, but re-kicked when I saw the clock ticking into the 17:50s. I had 17:53 on my Timex (Garmin-Free Racing!), which I think was gun time as I was a bit back from the mat and took a second to stop the watch. I missed mile 3, but at that point it's silly to worry about the split button: Mile 3 + .1: 6:22 (5:47 average).

Pleased with the effort in the humidity today. Started to pour about 3 minutes after I was done, so I did 2.25 mile cool down in the pouring rain. It was beautiful. Wanted to get 10 on the morning, but the lightning was pretty scary :-)

PM: North Side - 6.25 miles, averaged 8:31. My legs just turned 2000 miles for the year. Last year I hit that mark on October 18th, so I am 3 months ahead.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.25Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 7.85
Weight: 0.00
From Andrea on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 08:48:38 from

Sub-18!! Nice work!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 09:40:53 from

Excellent race. Time to change that 5k PR under Running Accomplishments to the left there.

From Jake K on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 10:00:23 from

Congrats Jason!

Great sense of pacing... those splits are perfect... and w/out the Garmin, making it very impressive. Excellent racing.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 17:03:30 from

Yes! You are on fire, nice job. I am also impressed with the pacing...almost as much as I am with the pace itself.

16:xx might take a little longer to get to, but I bet you will get there, too.

From Jason D on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 17:56:23 from

Thanks, everyone. I was pretty pleased given the humidity and lack of workouts. As for pacing, well, I don't know. You spend enough time staring at a Garmin and you get a good sense of the bodily nuances.

Yes, I think 16:xx will take more than two 5ks in five and a half months. Does make me wonder where I was at in April though. Not sub-17 for sure, but I think under 17:30.


From RileyCook on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 20:52:08 from

Awesome work Jason. I certainly have a great respect for those of you that run in the humidity all the time.

Faster times certainly ahead!

From allie on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 09:54:11 from

very nice! you can always run faster without garmin weight. ;)

great race. congrats.

From Jason D on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 18:55:49 from

Long live the Timex! Of course I looked at it a few times. 2.30...hope I'm not at a half mile mark! I'm going to go with for my 10k in 2 weeks as well.

From Jake K on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 18:57:59 from

I do that too... look down thinking "this BETTER have been at least 3 minutes!"

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