I'm retired from racing. Really.

July 11, 2020

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Feb 24, 2007



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Running Accomplishments:

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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: 22.00 Month: 26.00 Year: 735.00
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: 272.00
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

Year in Review:

Overall, I would call this a very good year for my running, though I only met a few of my goals from the start of the year.  I didn't run much Nov or Dec 2008, so my year started off slow and I didn't do as well in the Striders Winter Racing circuit as I would have liked, not even running the last race.  I really enjoyed the Wahsatch Steeplechase, but my sub-2:25 and top 3 place goal was very overly ambitious- maybe another year, but not when running it for the first time.  Logan Peak was definitely one of the highlights of the year, with a win and course record during a fun run with some great guys.  It was also the only trail race I placed top 3 all year, which was one of my goals. 

I then set my 5k PR (set back in HS) on the 4th of July despite minimal speedwork.  However, the Des News 10k was rather disappointing at the end of a hard month.  But I followed that up with a great Jupiter Steeplechase, taking 6 minutes off my time from 2008.  Unfortunately, it was my last trail race of the year.  I ran my first 100 mile week ever, and ended up with 4 of them this year.  TOU 1/2 marathon was a good race, only 7 seconds slower than my PR on that course last year.  I'm very happy with my 1/2 marathon PR.  The TOU marathon was another great race for me, finally breaking through the long-standing 2:35 goal and resulting in my retiring from serious road marathoning.  I really enjoyed pacing Davy in the Bear 100 the next week for 30 miles.

My next race was Ogden Valley 50 miler, my first ultra over 30 miles.  It went well, and I enjoyed Cody pacing the last 15 miles.  Then I ended the year with a bang, running the Grand Canyon R2R2R with Davy and company.  Awesome, awesome run.  I finished the year with 3357.5 miles (top 10 on FRB), and would have been 3500+ plus if it wasn't for my injury last week.  Despite the highest annual mileage of my life, I was the most injury free in many years... right up until my unfortunate hip injury last week.  I'm still working out what it is and if it will greatly affect me in 2010, including my Rocky Raccoon 100 race in Feb.  I only met my "top 3" goal at 1 of the 4 focus races, but that's ok.  My trail races, marathon PR, and long-planned transition to trail races were the highlights of the year.  Hopefully I can recover from my current injury and smash my way into the world of 100's.

Goals for next year:  Again, stay injury free and run 3000+ miles (no need to go higher than this year).  Planned races are Rocky Raccoon 100 (hopefully), Buffalo Run 50k or 50m, Pocatello 50, and Bear 100.  Probably throw a few shorter races in there, and maybe a few more 50's or 100's.  I'd like to place top 3 or 5 in some 50's and 100's.  But right now I just need to get healthy.

Happy New Years, everyone!

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From Paul on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 19:01:07 from

Happy New Year. Resolve to go get a deep massage or two to fix that hip of yours.

From JD on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 21:56:54 from

You're really an accomplished runner. Good luck on your current and future goals. Hope that pesky hip deal is minor. Happy New Year!

From jun on Fri, Jan 01, 2010 at 12:17:00 from

Fantastic year Jon. It is great to be able to look back and see so many accomplishments. You have every reason to be proud. I look forward to reading your 2010 endeavors.

From Benny's on Sat, Jan 02, 2010 at 03:24:06 from

take some time off to give your body some rest...you did hit it hard last week. Good Luck!

From Samantha Dean-Howard on Sat, Jan 02, 2010 at 05:27:59 from

I agree with All of you, Happy New year, and go get a well deserved ouchie massage they really work. :-)

Well done for an incredible year Jon :-)

From James on Sat, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:47:35 from

I was most impressed with your R2R2R run this year. As you know I ran North to South back about 5 years ago and almost didn't make the last mile out. Probably because we ran it in about 3:30 with stops and it was 103 degrees at the end of our trek. I would like to do it again now that I know what it is like, but I don't know about an out and back, crazy!

I hope that your hip heals quickly, I know how that injury bug feels. Happy New Year to you and the girls!

From JimF on Sat, Jan 02, 2010 at 18:39:29 from

Great year for you and I hope 2010 is even better!

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