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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: 24.40 Month: 87.30 Year: 285.59
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: 80.80
Kinvara 10 II Lifetime Miles: 42.40
Miles With The Boys Lifetime Miles: 53.90
Nike Zoom Streak LT4 Mr. Pinks Lifetime Miles: 10.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Kinvara 10 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 203.33
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AM: 9 miles, averaged 9:38. HR 147.

Was going to do an out and back but decided to make a loop and it ended up being longer than planned, but I felt great and it worked out well. Some rolling hills. Nothing major, but more elevation than my typical out and backs on the trail. My longest run since we moved. I would have to look back to see when I ran over 7 or so miles. 

Took it very slow to start and organically sped up toward the end, running a 7:37 at mile 8 with only minimal pressure applied. A week ago that would have been painful. 

Kinvara 10 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 204.10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM: 3.8 miles on the treadmill. HR 139.

Motor shut off. Emailed NordicTrack back and told them I was done replacing parts and that they need to have someone disassemble and reassemble the machine to look for any issues or send me a new machine, which they need to assemble and disassemble the old one. I'm done with this crap. Not sure if I will run late or jump on the trainer. Either way, I am going to need more than ~40' of exercise.

PM: 60' on the trainer (Beech -1). 149W. HR 

NordicTrack has decided they are just going to keep replacing parts. I wouldn't recommend anyone reading this purchase any of their crap. Absolutely ridiculous that as consumers we have almost 0 recourse for this crap.

Weight: 205.40
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AM/Lunch: 75' on the trainer (Collins -1). 156W. HR 132.

Got an update on my dad from my mom. She thinks he has early onset dementia, which I have suspected for a little while now and was pretty confident of when I saw him this summer. I'm now absolutely terrified at 36. Both his parents had it, but my mom's parents lived until 93 and 97 and just sort of decided to go quietly.

Lots of rain coming the next few days. Will likely be inside. Hoping the treadmill will let me get at least a little something in.

PM: 30' on the trainer (West Vidette -2). 142W. HR 118. + 20' on the treadmill. HR 165.

15' progressive theshold + 5' jog. Started around 6MPH for just a bit then quickly bumped the pace up. A little over 2 miles in 15 minutes and then a very slow jog. I've never run faster off the bike though this was all very short. I've ridden for hours before and jogged 4 miles. Thought this would be a decent combo for the timeslot I gave myself.

Weight: 204.80
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AM: 60' on the trainer ((Beech -1). 149W. HR 123.

Lots of rain, cold, and wind. 

PM: 4.8 miles on the treadmill, averaged ~9:30. HR 147.

Treadmill fine through 45'. My new theory is bluetooth signals interfering with either the Android tablet on the treadmill display or something in the machien electronics or both. Not sure if it is a sound theory, but according to Polar the machines can affect HR monitors, so it's possible that it could go the other way. Maybe? I do know that the other day when I was filming I didn't have my footpod connected to the iPad or my HRM connected to the iPad (but I did have it connected to the treadmill) and it was fine. Need further testing. Felt a few slight hesitations but I think the belt could be tighter. Might try to see how long I can go this weekend when I have a bit more time to devote to one run. Not complaining. 90'-120' a day between two sessions is keeping me focused, healthy, and happy.

Weight: 202.80
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AM: 60' on the trainer (Pettit). 159W. HR 130. 

Spent a bit of the morning working and monitoring a few house things to figure out some issues and learn about some of the systems. The wind blew a shutter off, so I looked at the attachment clips to understand how the work and checked both the gutter and flashing while I was up there to see where the leak in the garage was coming from. Went into the attic last night and found it and it lines up with the flashing, so I think a little roofing tar will do it. Need to call about a window issue, which I am not even tempted to try to deal with myself.

PM: 4.4 miles on the treadmill in ~44'. HR 137.

Treadmill shut off. Got an email that they would try to assign a technician, but couldn't promise it. For a product that is still under warranty? If I could get it out the window I would set it on fire live on YouTube.

Figured out that the piece of angle iron that works like a nailing fin is what is causing the leaking in the window. Just need to be caulked between the metal and the brick (and I think we now know the source of the discolored water. Rust). Looked more closely at the shutter and that seems an easy fix other than me being afraid of heights. I'm not sure Megan wants me doing either job as I get frustrated easily and it is probably easier to pay someone, but both jobs are within my capabilities. 

Welcome to Jason's Complaint and Home Improvement Blog.

Weight: 202.80
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AM: 60' on the trainer (Bald Knob). 169W. HR 138. 

The sun finally came out and the rain stopped. For now. Rain again tonight into tomorrow. Looks like Sunday for an outdoor ride.

Two physical therapists have told my mom that dad has early onset dementia, which I have suspected for a good bit now and my mother brought up the other day. Waiting for a final evaluation. I imagine he won't be at home for too long. The good news is that he isn't too mobile and really can't wander off too far and hasn't driven for a few years. 2021 has been a rough year. I don't want to have another year like this.


Weight: 200.10
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Kinvara 10 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 203.33
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