I'm retired from racing. Really.

Run Downtown 5k

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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:


None for now

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: 0.00 Month: 16.50 Year: 551.50
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 495.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 418.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 333.50
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 260.50
Race: Run Downtown 5k (3.11 Miles) 00:16:48, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

AM- The Run Downtown 5k is the only race I've done every year in Greenville. I had no intention of running it this year until I was offered a free bib yesterday and my morning church-cleaning commitment fell through. And so, despite having only run 9 miles of speedwork since the start of October, I found myself toeing the line again. It's a fairly big (1400 runners) race with a fast field- winning time was 14:52. It's never flat, with about 200 feet climbing. Temps were cold, mid-20's and breezy. After a long warmup with Dan, we shed layers and were ready to run. I stood next to James Brooks, who was aiming for sub-16 and invited me to do the same. I assured him I would be closer to my slowest RDT than my fastest. His girlfriend, Kim Ruck, was nearby and seemed primed for a good race.

They started us and we surged down the hill, then spread out as we climbed for .8 miles. I found myself in 12th place and the 4th GE runner behind Jim, Phil, and Dan. Mile 1 felt fast yet not labored. I was hoping for a 5:20-ish but the clock read 5:30. Mile 2 is downhill and everyone in front of me pulled away while there was a pack of 4 or 5 runners just behind, pushing me to a 5:22. The pack behind me fell back except for one set of footsteps. Cheering voices told me it was Kim. With extra incentive to not get chicked, I kept pushing hard and held my breathing at appropriate level. The last 1.1 was 5:55, giving me a final time of 16:48, still in 12th place. It seems about the right time given my training. Results here.

Hour long cooldown with a group of 8 GE runners as the sun slowly warmed us. Good race, all things considered. I'm sure I could break 16 minutes if I ever trained for it, but don't think I will. Ultras are a bigger priority, and life is a tradeoff.

  2011 2012 2013 2014
Mile 1 5:37 5:21 5:12 5:30
Mile 2 5:26 5:20 5:10 5:22
Mile 3.1 5:55 5:52 5:39 5:55
Finish 16:58 16:34 16:01 16:48
place 16 15 5 12
Temp 30 deg 45 deg 32 deg 25 deg

Road N1 Miles: 4.00Fuel 2 (road) Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
From run100sdp on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 17:55:21 from

Nice write up, 5k are always humbling when you are focused on Ultras. You can still turn the legs over fast.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 11:52:11 from

I always look forward to your Run Downtown race report! Congrats once again.

There's a nice article at theatlantic.com called "The Small Wonder of Greenville SC". Mentions GE.

From Josh E on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 22:09:44 from

Nice to brush the wheels off and see what they can do. Pretty good for no anticipation or specific preparation.

From Adam RW on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 14:17:56 from

Hi Jon, Looks like you had a good time. Can never complain about a free workout with nice competition to push the effort. I like the side-by-side comparison of your 4 years. Have a great week.

From Jake K on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 15:01:43 from

You have one of the best fast training miles to actual 5K time ratios!

From Jon on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 19:17:21 from

Thanks, guys. Rob, I read that article about Greenville. Jake- not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing...

From Superfly on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 20:17:06 from

Yeah Jon your well diversified in your running portfolio. Good job!

From jtshad on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 16:30:01 from

Great race once again. You have range young man!

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