I'm retired from racing. Really.

December 03, 2020

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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: 17.00 Month: 9.00 Year: 1288.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 231.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 414.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 221.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 233.50
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Still very sick. No work, and I can barely even stand up. Ugh.

I have been trying to figure out why I get sick so much over the past 6-8 months.  I have always been very healthy, maybe catching a flu or cold a couple time a year, but nothing else.  But I have been very sick a lot recently.  I know I have never gotten enough sleep, which I think is the biggest player.  Add to that a new kid 8 months ago and a new, very stressful job (with sometimes long hours, like when I worked 14 hours yesterday), and I think it has pushed me over the edge.  Solution?  Not sure- ideally, more sleep, but that is easier said than done.

What do all of you think?  Causes and solutions?

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From paul on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 18:59:17

It's probably from moving to the west side of Logan.

From JimF on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 22:33:56

I vote on sleep. I think it makes a huge difference especially when you train hard. A lot of articles out there on the benefits of getting a good nights sleep. Hope you get it figured out and get to feeling better consistently!

From redrooster on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 00:03:54

Jon, the reason you are sick a lot is because of the age of your kids. when my first two kids were 2-5 (tey are now 18 and 15)I got sick all the time. The kids give you everything, they are infectious agents, and you just have to build your immunity naturally. There are lots of variants of the cold and flu bugs and you just have to build the immunity up. Once you hit 40 or so you only get one cold a year on average. I hardly ever get sick anymore, even with my 7 year old twins getting sick but when I was a postdoc in Oregon and asst prof in the early 90s it seems I was sick all the time.

But with all the hacking and coughing on the plane coming back from SD, I imagine I am about to get my yearly humdinger of a cold-planes are the repositories of the exotic bugs from around the world

. hang in there!!

From azdesertmonsoon on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 00:32:08

I have the opposite theory. You get sick when your kids start going to school, because they bring all the germs from everyone else home. When they don't go places with lots of other people and stay home most of the time, they aren't exposed to as many germs. They probably wash their hand much better when they have a parent around as well.

From redrooster on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 13:09:01

yeah, you are right about school, kids have to be exposed to other kids to get the germs of course, and school is indeed a nasty place for that exposure, also depends on how much contact the younger kids have with other ones (play groups, day care, church, nursery school etc).

A recent study did link sleep time and prevalence/severity of colds.


and stress has been linked to. and I obviously had less sleep early in my career although I think I now have more stress. So it sounds like Jon needs to get more sleep, and less stress, and wash his hands more. For that sage advice, he owes me and azdesertmonsoon the cost of two doctor visits. Or some bagels at planet fitness.

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