I'm retired from racing. Really.

July 14, 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: 12.00 Month: 38.00 Year: 747.00
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: 284.00
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

Today was the unofficial Bad Creek 50k- 9 people were running the Foothills trail from Bad Creek to Oconee, a 33 mile distance running mainly along the Chattooga River (where Deliverance was filmed) in the most mountainous part of the NC/SC border.  Dan Hartley wanted to put together the race, but couldn't get government permission so did a group training run.  It was my first time on the FHT.

The weather forecast deteriorated all week, and it ended up 45 deg and steady rain the whole time.  We started off and I found myself running near Dan, Doug, and Victor (a crazy Siberian who literally wore only shorts).  Is started raining as we left the cars, and never stopped.  I lent my jacket to someone, so wore a trashbag.  The first few miles were very slow as we climbed wood steps and steep mountain to the Whitewater Falls overlook (the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi).  I carried a backpack full of clothes, food, water filter, etc, and kept stopping to put on more layers.  The rest of the way was generally nice trail, almost all runnable, though I decided to stick with the other guys since I was so cold and new to the trail.  However, my shirts were soaked and I was freezing.  I generally enjoyed the run, though there were many vistas I couldn't see due to the clouds.  I ended up dropping at mile 15- continuing on while freezing cold and wet just didn't seem smart.  Too many bad memories for Poky, and from 3 weeks ago.  3 guys dropped with/before me, 3 continued on, and 2 more were MIA.

I will definitely return to the trail, hopefully often.  Seemed very nice, and I'm sure I would enjoy it more without cold rain.  I kept a running time- 15 miles in 3:22 (probably 2:50 actually running) with 4000 climb/3700 descent.   My 88 miles planned this week obviously ended up as 70, but I'll just up it a bit next week.

 3 guys rock scrambling near some falls (you can see shirtless Victor)


Whitewater Falls 



Fuel XC 3 Miles: 15.00
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From Rob Murphy on Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 19:14:20 from

I have rafted that river quite a few times. Definitely some of the most beautiful country.I really wish I could have been there.

From Bob on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 11:33:06 from

Wow Jon, that looks like a total blast! I love running and exploring those type of areas. Smart to pull the plug, wet and cold is not a healthy combo.

From Cody on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 15:48:47 from

Whimp! You can't dnf an unofficial race! It sounded pretty though (said with mild jealousy). Better go back with a camera on a sunny day.

From Jim Kern on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 18:30:45 from

Beautiful area for a run. I always liked the trails in North Georgia. This looks similar. I'm focusing on Logan Peak. I've dropped 10 lbs and want to drop 10 more before then. What I really need though is to lengthen my long runs.

I met a guy yesterday, Scott Dickey. His dad works for me. Scott is looking to win Logan Peak this year. He took first at the Antelope Island 100k last year. I'll have to warn Cody.

From Burnside on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 21:46:13 from



Cold Rain-NO!!

Nice job on making it 15miles. That would have been one of those mornings I fogot to set my alarm.

I had a nice run saturday at PMSP put in 8 mi with no discomfort. Even ran up Sulfur Springs hill. Hope to see you on the trail Tuesday.

From Jon on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 23:20:30 from

Jim- yup, keep working at it and you'll lose the pounds. I know Scott- he was at LPR last year, too.

Barry- I sure know how to pick the days, right? I was tempted to sleep in- but it was still a blast. Nice trails. You'll have to come up there with me. Tuesday sounds good at PM.

From Faceless Ghost on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 01:09:59 from

Looks like a great run. Would there have been as much climbing in the second half?

From Jon on Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 08:20:25 from

FG- No, I think most the climbing were in the first half.

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