Of Mice and Marathons

September 27, 2021

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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)


Favorite Blogs:

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: 0.00 Month: 90.30 Year: 288.59
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Lifetime Miles: 225.45
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 613.75
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: 493.15
Kinvara 10 Lifetime Miles: 83.80
Kinvara 10 II Lifetime Miles: 42.40
Miles With The Boys Lifetime Miles: 56.90
Nike Zoom Streak LT4 Mr. Pinks Lifetime Miles: 10.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

PM: 2 miles on the treadmill. HR 150.

We were suppose to visit Megan's parents' in their living facility, but said they weren't feeling well, which I suspect was not the case and just didn't want to do what we had planned to get them out of their room. Boy howdy, we've had it coming from all angles this summer. Luckily we have my mom, sister, and niece coming in about a month for 5 days. We are going to need a nanny before that or I'm going to lose my mind. We are thinking one day a week, but that won't be enough especially at the end of the semester. We don't want them in daycare for health reasons. I'm already as exhausted at the start of the semester as I am at the end of a very tiring one. 

Want to plod, but the treadmill was starting to skip. Exactly what I do not need, so I ran faster and it seemed better. Need to call Nordictrack but I am not sure I can be kind or what they can really do at this point. 

Progressed to a decent pace to get the HR up and did my hip routine and pullups. Wanted to do more, but I was boiling hot about the treadmill. Went and layed down for a few minutes to close my eyes.

The boys have been sleeping very well at night and going down when we put them down. Or they play and settle themselves. They have been pretty fussy the last few days during the day. I think they get frustrated with their limitations and also wear themselves out through all the standing and crawling. 

The predictive fill-in feature on the blog to fill in miles is really pissing me off.

There. That covers most of it.

Nike Zoom Streak LT4 Mr. Pinks Miles: 2.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 15:49:11 from

You seem a bit young to be in the dealing with aging parents stage of life. What's up with Megan's parents?

From Jason D on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 16:13:21 from

They needed to get to the doctor for some treatable issues. They were too scared to go during the first year of COVID and Megan's mom basically now has a host of issues requiring light, assisted living. They are 75 and 73.

My dad will be 71 and my mom needs help with him as he has mobility issues (health issues that led to a fall and broken hip). He has other issues as well. I'd be surprised if he lives to 80.

We didn't expect to be dealing with all of this for at least another 10 years.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 16:22:00 from

Sorry! That's where Ann and I are now but our parents are quite a bit older and we aren't dealing with toddlers as well.It's stressful!

It also is a daily reminder to take care of ourselves when we're young. Your dad is 13 years older than me and I hope to still be thinking about my next trail race or half-marathon when I'm his age.Knock on wood!

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 16:23:31 from

My dad died at 74 so I think of that a lot as well.

From Jason D on Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 18:36:47 from

I started running late in life, about 24 or so. 25 I guess as it Is right about 11 years ago now this September for that very reason. I knew I needed something, and I had no idea what it would turn into.

I continue to look up to you, Jeff, and Bret for many reasons but your commitment to your health and running as you do in your 50s is something I always tell Megan I hope to be able to do.

I was just telling Megan how I am jealous I am of guys I know who are riding trails with their dads.

I have no doubt you'll be signing up for races then. Plus you have to keep up those good veins to impress Ann!


Best wishes to you, her, and your family.

From jtshad on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 06:59:56 from

Hang in there. You are in a challenging phase with the kids, their mobility and new interests definitely require lots of energy and attention and it can be overwhelming with other life pressures. Through in the issues with aging parents (we have that too but not quite and the same intensity as you and Rob).

Definitely seek out help from friends and family, talk regularly with Megan (and counseling, it helps believe me!).

Additionally, find time as you are trying both for you as a couple and you individually to help get through the pressures and have a time to serve yourself as well.

Finally, break things up so the overall mass is not this huge mountain. Find ways to focus goals in aspects of your life and realize that some aspects may at times take a back seat to others but seek balance where possible. I do this by looking at my 5 F's: Faith, Family, Function, Fitness and Fellowship.

Best of luck and reach out anytime.

From Jason D on Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 09:30:23 from

I appreciate it, Jeff. I'm doing okay. Trying to remember to be helpful and not let my issues make it harder for her.

Unfortunately, we just found out that both of their mental conditions are much worse than we knew even after visiting them. Why the facility waited more than a month to notify us that her mother is screaming when anyone tries to move her out of the bed is beyond me. What a mess.

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