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Striders Winter Racing Circuit 10 mile

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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: 4.00 Month: 54.50 Year: 776.00
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: 313.50
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 61.00
Race: Striders Winter Racing Circuit 10 mile (10 Miles) 01:02:28, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Race day.  Last year the Striders 10 mile was one of my 3 great races of the year (2nd place, 59:53).  With my reduced training and being sick a few weeks ago, I knew I wouldn't be near that time.  I was 2:38 slower in the 10k a few weeks ago then last year, so I figured reducing that gap would be a good goal for this race.  It is a very hilly course (931 feet climbing!), which would help me on the downs but my lack of training would reveal itself on the ups.  See Walter's blog for a great description on the difficulty of the course.

At the start I saw Fiddy, Walter, Trever Ball (who was running easy), Tim, Jeff, and Paul Pilkington.  Temp was about 25-30 deg, with no ice on the roads.  Here are my splits:

Mile 1 and 2- 11:37 (no mile 1 split)- running easy.  Walter, James, Paul, and Tim take off.  I am in a good group with Jeff and Trever for most of the race.

Mile 3- 5:58- rolling downhill

Mile 4- 6:14- rolling uphill

Mile 5- 6:50- big uphill- 12 seconds ahead of my 10k time from 3 weeks ago

Mile 6- 6:50

Mile 7- 7:26- finally the end of uphill.  Last year I ran a 6:58 on this mile.

Mile 8- 5:18- downhill.  Last year was 5:02.

Mile 9- 5:57- at the start of this mile, my chest really tightened up for some reason and I really had trouble breathing.  After slowing down a hair and relaxing for a few minutes, it loosened up.

Mile 10- 6:13- the last uphill on this mile is painful.

Trever pulled away on the uphill at mile 5.  Jeff pulled away on the ups and I passed him on the downs, up until my chest tightened when he caught me.  We were even at mile 9, but he pulled away and beat me by about 15 seconds.  But it was very nice being able to run near/with him for most the race.  I finished in 7th place overall (and didn't get chicked).  My time was 2:35 slower than last year, so I did close the gap by 3 seconds like I wanted, and on a longer course.  I am ok with this race, but it is hard knowing I was in so much better shape last year.  However, I got sick before the 1/2 marathon last year, so it will even out. 

Tim Wight took 2 wrong turns (his brain tumor has reduced his visual ability) but still beat me by a bit.  Trever is planning to do the whole series, as are Walter and Jeff.  They are all 3-7 minutes ahead of me, so my top 3 goal for the series will be very difficult.  But I will keep working hard and see what happens- 31 miles of racing left.

Good job to everyone today!

2 miles warmup and 4 miles cooldown with Walter, James, Twinkie (Matt) and others.  And in some good news, my hamstring didn't hurt.  Finally.  Now I get to spend the day painting my house.

Tangent 3 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
From walter on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 14:03:09 from

Nicely done Jon! Always good to run with you! Its still early in the season. Keep pumping out those miles. I am amazed at you once your feet leave the pavement. You have good balance and strength. I would be frustrated in a race if I had to post hole run in snow! ugg! Have fun painting and dont miss any spots!

From MarcieJ on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 14:04:24 from

Great job! and good placing in your age group!

From wheakory on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 14:14:58 from

Nice Race considering the training from this year to last year. Sometimes it's hard to swallow when you know you could be in better shape but circumstances prevent that. I'm there with you and feel your frustration. Although, you've got confidence in your abilities and your going to find that strength and turn out some great races this year.

From paul on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 14:36:17 from

It's a step forward. Nice job.

From josse on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 15:18:57 from

Great job Man sounds like a tough one.

From twinkies on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 22:49:24 from

Nice job today. You can make up a lot of ground in 31 miles. it was fun running with you guys.

From cody on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 12:05:10 from

Nicely done. Plenty of racing left. I have my work cut out to stay near you in the half. I thought about you saturday morning and was glad and sad at that same time that I wasn't racing...

From jtshad on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 12:23:13 from

Great race coming off all you sickness. Keep it up!

From Chad on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 17:56:19 from

Nice, race Jon!

From james on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 20:17:39 from

Good Job, Jon. Hopefully you'll be feeling good again in time for the half. Great improvement from 3 weeks ago.

From marci on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 19:25:04 from

painting the house??? i could have sworn that was you sleeping through the WHOLE thing??

From Walter on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 00:42:33 from

Sorry Jon, didnt want to rat you out with your wife! haha I think our wives share the same qualities. What the heck? lol

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