I'm retired from racing. Really.

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 12.00 Month: 16.00 Year: 725.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 211.00
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 266.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

My running schedule had me running a back-to-back long runs later this week, but the weather forecast convinced me to move it up.  Today was ideal weather (36 deg, slight breeze), with 2-4 inches snow tonight which will affect my run tomorrow.  But, every other day for the next 10 days was either very cold (highs in the teens, lows near 0) or snowy, so I decided to just get this big workout over with. 

The plan was 5 hrs today (35 miles?), 3.5-4 hrs tomorrow (25 miles?).  Pace is about 100 mile race pace (8:30-ish), with a 2 min walk break every 30 minutes.  I drove to the IF greenbelt and started at 11 am.  Jeff Shadley ran with me the first 75 min, which made the first 9 miles pass very quickly.  Good to see him again, and we ran into Dan S, as well.  Then I was on my own.  I looped all around the various parts of the greenbelt, from Freeman park in the north to Sunnyside in the south.  I had a bit of a rough patch from miles 20-25, but then felt much better after that and increased my pace to 7:45/mile for a bit.  After 25 miles, my feet and knees were really complaining about the hard blacktop, so I ran the last 10 miles almost exclusively on grass/snow, which made it a bit harder and slower.  But, I felt good and enjoyed that part. 

I passed the marathon mark at 3:40, which coincidentally is 90 seconds faster than my 2004 Boston marathon time (that's a painful story for another day).  The last 90 minutes surprisingly seemed to pass quickly.  I slowly increased the pace and really pushed it the last 30 min, with 3-7:30 miles and a final mile of 7:12. Ran exactly 36.01 miles in exactly 5:00:01- 8:20 pace, faster than expected (especially since it included the walk breaks- I didn't stop my watch).

Celebrated the finish with Nestle Quik and a banana.  My fueling and gear worked great (no hot spots or blisters), and had no physical problems other than some slight twinging in my right arch which I'll monitor. Tomorrow will be a difficult run, since I'm not fueling a lot before then so I'll intentionally be glycogen depleted.  It will hurt like H-E-Double Hockey Stick, but that's the whole point- learn to run when tired.  Should be fun.

Pace Miles: 36.00
Weight: 0.00
From Aaron Kennard on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 20:22:22 from

That's an awesome run Jon, way to go! I look forward to hearing how tomorrow's goes...that's an interesting/bold strategy to purposely not fuel. I don't know enough to know whether it makes sense, but it sounds cool!

From Adam RW on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 20:23:03 from


I'll only take up the challenge if this is it for the week, which I hopefully doubt it will be.

You are an inspiration for moving me to this world of crazy high mileage.

From Adam RW on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 20:25:57 from

Aaron, One of my colleagues is specifically looking at not fueling before training sessions and there is at least support in cyclists that depleting muscle of fuel before a workout brings about some good training results at the molecular level. He suggested to me doing

~7 miles at ~marathon pace prior to a track workout at 5K pace with no nutrient uptake. This was about the equivalent running workout to what his cyclists were doing.

From jun on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 22:15:59 from

Fantastic run today Jon. Not surprising to me is that I think you will do really well tomorrow. I will be interested to see what your pace will be like. How many weeks now?

From Kory on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 00:01:01 from

Nice Work. I hope the run tomorrow goes well. Get some rest which I'm sure you are right now.

From Paul on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:54:25 from

Great job. Hope it goes equally well today.

From Fritz on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 14:45:44 from

Wow, nice run Jon! I will be interested to hear how today goes. Even without refueling I suspect you will be tired. When I was training for an ironman I also thought the more I suffered during training the easier the race would be. At least for me I think that plan backfired. I wasn't letting my body recover enough so many of the hours I spent training went to waste.

I am sure your plan is more calculated.

From Benny's on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 22:33:43 from

Hang in there man... but if you start changing stride... slow it down or better yet scratch off the run and rest..

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