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Member Since:

Jun 13, 2011



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

A bunch of Marathons -- PR - 2:48:53 (Fall 2014)

A bunch of Half Marathons -- PR - 1:19:20 (Aug. 2015 - Converted)

10k - 36:30 Unaided // 35:25 (July 2014 - Aided)

5k - 17:28 (Aug. 2015)

1mi. - 4:58 (July 2014 - Track)


Short-Term Running Goals:


5/16: G. Canyon - R2R2RGot It!! (about 13 hours)

6/22: Series 5k - 17:xx   17:47

9/28: Mill Race Marathon - 2:49:xx

11/9: Tunnel Hill 100 - Let's Finish the distance !  


Long-Term Running Goals:

R2R2R in Grand Canyon  5/18/19 

Wonderland Trail, JMT,

Marathon < 2:45

Half Marathon < 1:18

Top 10 in Bluegrass 10k

5k < 17


400m/800m competitively in track in high school.  Took 15 years off. Started running again in 2010.  Married to my beautiful wife, Tiffany, with 2 little boys, now 4 and 6.  I'm a civil engineer working for the Indiana DOT in Seymour, IN.   I live in a slightly larger town about 20 miles north - Columbus, IN.  Originally from Lexington, KY.


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 37.20 Month: 216.15 Year: 216.15
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Swimming Lifetime Miles: 6.20
Elliptical Lifetime Miles: 81.50
Vilano Road Bike Lifetime Miles: 964.88
Vilano Bike On Mag Trainer Lifetime Miles: 234.75
Saucony A5 - Green Lifetime Miles: 180.34
Saucony Peregrine - Black Lifetime Miles: 426.07
Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Lifetime Miles: 635.80
Hoka One Infinite Lifetime Miles: 891.17
Red Peregrine Velcro Lifetime Miles: 267.10
Red Peregrine NO Velcro Lifetime Miles: 133.30
Clifton 4 Blue 1 Lifetime Miles: 752.55
CLIFTON 4 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 727.43
Race: Columbus Marathon (26.219 Miles) 02:48:53, Place overall: 58, Place in age division: 18
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Columbus Ohio Marathon:

The long awaited Team QuaffON! trip to Ohio for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon was a success.  From the start we all had very specific goals and plans to accomplish those goals.  One guy at 2:45 or less, and 2 of us with sub-2:50 goals.  We also had several other members running the half.  One of our faster friends had graciously agreed to pace us. 

For those who may have never run this race, I highly recommend.  We jogged overfrom the hotel in about 40 degree temps and stood aorund shivering for about 30 minutes in the corral.  The start is done about as well as any marathon I have experienced.  A well planned and timed montage of very loud AC/DC accompanied by fireworks leading up to the starting gun is nothing less than exhilirating!  

Away we went in a crowded "A" corral right at 7:30a.  We found ourselves easing right into our planned pace range - 6:25-6:35 (mostly on the lower end), and settled in to a nice large pack (about 20) by the first mile mark.  We planned to stay in this range until 20 miles, and then, "go"

6:33, 28, 22, 25, 23, 23, 31, 25, 20, 25, 18, 26, 30, - through the half in 1:24:47 - very close to goal pace

6:20, 18, 23, 18, 19, 6:36 (quickly determined to be a recovery mile after some decent climbing preceding and heavy breathing from us this mile)

6:21 for mile 20, and then it was go time - we put the hammer down a little too quickly (for me)

Last 6.44 miles GPSed: 5:59, 6:09, 6:06, 6:29, 6:40, 6:42, and 2:45.  I think this may have been the only small mistake today.  Maybe ease it down to 6:15 first and then on down...

26.44 mi. - 2:48:53.  New PR! 

Several take aways: 1. Gels do not work for me any more.  I ate half of a gel today and stuck to only gatorade and water the whole way.  I can run the dsitance without if I am running the correct planned pace.

2. I can still manage 6:40's when the wheels are falling off, but shouldn't hop down too quickly in to a quicker pace in that last 10k.  Treat that last 7-8 miles as a gradual cutdown. 

3. Sticking to the plan and having a negative split marathon is the best way to go (duh!)


New Balance 870v3 Miles: 27.24
Weight: 150.00
From Jason D on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 18:36:05 from

Pleased to see this one, Joe. I just checked your results before you posted. Really well done. Sub-6:00 miles in the last 10k! Crazy!

You're a 2:48 guy now. Congrats.

From Jake K on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 20:09:23 from

Congrats Joe! The rare negative split marathon!

From FREYGUY on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 09:12:25 from

Great run. Your hard work finally pays off.

From allie on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 12:26:10 from

nice job, joe. sub-6 for mile 21 -- ahh yeah! congrats on the PR.

cool singlet.

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