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Striders Winter Racing Circuit 5k

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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!

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 4.00 Year: 713.00
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: 260.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 106.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Race: Striders Winter Racing Circuit 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:26, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Time for the first Striders race of the year- the 5k.  I knew I would not be as fast as last year- I am about 4 weeks behind in my training as compared to 2008, which means about 50 miles less in the past month.  The course if very hilly, with 350 feet of climbing in the first 1.5 miles.  Ben VanBeekum and Chad from last year were not there, but Tim Wight, Nate Pollard, Walter, Cody, Jeff MacArthur, and a mystery man (who ended up being Trever Ball and kicking all our trash) all came ready to race.  The temp was about 30 deg- most people wore tights and/or long shirts.  I was the only person (dumb enough) to wear just shorts and a singlet.  It wasn't too cold, though, and it's only 3 miles.

Last year I ran a 17:57, with splits of 5:59, 6:00, and 5:24.  This year definitely started faster, with a first mile of 5:49.  I was in 7th place by this point.  Second mile was a painful 6:29- you can't fake a lack of base miles when racing uphill.  Cody absolutely pulled away from everyone at this point (except Trever, who was far ahead) and laid down the hammer the last half of the race.  Third mile was 5:33, and the last .1 was 33 seconds.  I had someone right behind me who pushed me the last 1.5 miles but never caught me, though he came close on a few of the icy turns when I slowed down out of caution.  I pushed the whole way, with breathing bordering anaerobic even on the downhills, and ended up in 7th and 1st in my age group (though I would have been 4th in the 35-39 age group).  My time was 29 seconds slower than last year, which is about what I expected.  I still want to place top 3 in the series, which means I really have my work cut out for me the next few months.  My foot is mostly better, though, so I plan to resume regular training.  Congrats to everyone, especially Cody and Walter.  Add in a few miles warm up and cool down with Cody, Walter, and a few others.

PM- Added a solid hour of snowshoeing while carrying McKinley, wandering up and down the mountains with the family.  Tiring.  We'll count it 2 miles crosstraining.

Tangent 2 Miles: 3.00Adrenaline 2 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
From paul on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 13:08:37

Nice job. You'll have fun getting faster and staging your late-circuit comeback.

From jtshad on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 13:27:36

Good job, you will only get stronger and faster as the seaon progresses!

Were you at least wearing the green shorts?

From James on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 13:29:02

Good run for an out of shape 30 year old!

From cody draper on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 15:05:47

You ran well considering your age (like James said) and your "winter training". I predict a win in the 10 miler (and maybe others) for you this year.

From Jon on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 17:57:00

Only cause you won't be there, Cody...

Yes, Jeff, unlike last year I did wear my green shorts and singlet today, and nothing else (other than stretchy gloves and ear warmers). It was cold, but bearable.

From Burt on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:01:26

Wow. You beat that guy by less than a second. Way to hold him off!

From superfly on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 21:08:30

Good race Jon. Thats a great time for the middle of the winter. I think your going to have a great year because last years fitness will start to carry over.

From Dustin on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 21:14:25

Good job, I understand how you feel being a little out of shape right now, but I'm sure it won't take long before your back to beating everyone.

From twinkies on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:30:18

Great race, especially for the first race of the year. I noticed that you and I have similar racing schedules this year. You won't have to worry about me taking away your victories, I'm a bit slower. I will have to say hi to you at the next race.

From redrooster on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 16:05:36

well done, it's stellar performances like this that result in your quantcast numbers decimating mine. nobody cares about some old loser guy like the rooster. OK- I am going to enjoy some running in the warmth and sun for a couple days. Have fun in the slush and snow.

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