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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.


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Race: Indy Monumental Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:00:24, Place overall: 87, Place in age division: 25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Well - my left leg felt shaky in the easy 2 mi. jog the night before and it showed in the later miles today.  35 deg., overcast, and a little drizzle here and there - almost perfect weather.  I tried the no warmup miles approach this time - just some dynamic stretching and moving around, but no jogging or strides.  I noticed that I was a little tight for the first 2 miles, but nothing worth writing off this strategy (especially when a little injured). 

I felt very comfortable at 6:35 pace for about 15 miles, and then the left leg really started tightening up.  It started with the hammy and eventually worked its way down and became extremely painful in my calf as well - this progressively got worse from about 15 miles on. 

Splits really tell the story:

6:17, 6:29, 6:21, 6:33, 6:34, 6:34, 6:34, 6:35, 6:40, 6:35, 6:34, 6:35, 6:36, 6:32, 6:29, 6:37

6:51, 6:49, 6:50, 6:46, 6:50,

7:00, 7:09, 7:22, 7:15, 7:41, 7:54, 0.44 - 3:45

Yep - I somehow pick up alot of extra distance in marathons - my "tangent running" must be terrible :)  I was quickly slowing in the last 2 miles.  But, I'm happy that it afforded me the chance to witness something that inspired me, and remind me of one of the many reasons running is so fulfilling:

As I slowly approached the finish line shuffling with every step with a grimace on my face, about 0.2 from the finish I hear this guy yelling crazily behind me, "Come on <random girls' name>!  Come on <random girls' name>!  I need a sprint out of you!!  SPRINT <random girls' name>!!!"  So this girl shuffles past me with the same pained stride (only considerably faster)  and I here her labored grunts... so she finishes a couple hundred yards before me - very close to the 3 hr. mark.  I see them later in line at the results tent and ask her if she got it - she gets her print off and turns around crying and hugs the guy that was yelling at her - she had broken 3 hrs :)

I love running :)

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 26.44
Weight: 148.00
From SlowJoe on Sat, Nov 03, 2012 at 16:38:36 from

Nice race Joe. Next time, when 100% healthy, and with a little bit tamer race schedule, you will be able to hold on to that pace, no problem. What a fall season!

Cool story about that girl. Something similar happened to me when I ran 3:01. In the last mile this chick kept having to stop for leg cramps, then would go speeding by me, and repeat the process. She ended up beating me too, crying the whole time she did it. But she just missed sub-3. I felt like a wimp next to her.

Anyway, hopefully I'll see you in Boston and I'm sure you'll be in PR-land.

From Jake K on Sat, Nov 03, 2012 at 16:53:07 from

Well done Joe. Its tough enough to hold the pace when nothing hurts, but when the hammy goes and the rest of your leg with it, that's quite a battle you had to fight. 3 good marathons in what seems like just a couple weeks.

From Andrea on Mon, Nov 05, 2012 at 11:27:02 from

Nice race Joe! Hope you can heal up that leg in the next couple recovery weeks.

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