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Buffalo Run 25k

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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: 12.00 Month: 16.00 Year: 725.00
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: 266.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Race: Buffalo Run 25k (16 Miles) 01:58:29, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Today was the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 25k.  I was originally signed up for the 50k but changed to the 25k due to my injuries.  Since RR100 in Feb, here are my weekly running and cross-training miles.

 Week Cross train miles Run miles  Total miles
 Feb 13000
 Feb 20 200 20
 Feb 2725 23 48
 Mar 620.5 34.5 55
 Mar 1314 31.5 45.5
 Mar 2014 44 58
 Mar 2765 65

Conclusion: This week is my first week with no crosstraining miles, and my first week with more than 50 miles running since Christmas (excluding RR100 race day).  Not counting this week or RR, I ran 200 total miles this year-blah.  In other words, I'm slowly getting back into shape but have a long, long ways to go.  

With that understanding, I had low expectations going into this race.  I was hoping for 2:10-2:15 for the 25k, but had never been to the island before so didn't know how hilly it would really be.  Cody started his 50k at 8 am, then I cheered on a few of the 50 milers and the lone 100 miler, Davy.  I was very worried because my hips hurt even during the warm up, and they wouldn't get better during the race.  But the pain was manageable.

Soon it was our turn to start at 10 am.  Weather was rather nice- sunny, chilly, with a breeze from the north.  Lots of runners I knew on the start line, including Brad Mitchell, Nephi Gold, and Albert Wint.  We started off at a moderate pace with a bit of chatting, and saw Cody finishing his first loop before the half-mile mark.  Brad and Albert took off at mile 1, gradually pulled away, and were never seen again.  After a steady climb for most of the first part, I hit aid station 1 in 43 min and 6th place, with Nephi, the famous Matt Hart, and Chris Lundberg ahead. 

The trail does a very enjoyable 5.5 mile loop at this point, first descending for 2 miles, then climbing with switchbacks for 2 more before some rollers.  I passed Nephi and Matt on the down, then caught Chris on the switchbacks and was in 3rd place by aid 2 (mile 11).  I was at about 1:24 and feeling better than expected.  Karl Meltzer was at the aid station and told me that I was 8 minutes behind the leaders- wow.  I charged off hard to stay ahead of the strong-looking Matt who lurked just behind.  The last 5 miles were not my favorite- lots of exposed, relatively-flat trail, where I could see up to 1 mile ahead.  Eventually the finish line appeared just over a mile away, and I had 10 minutes to break the 2 hour mark.  I pushed hard and finished in 1:58:29, 3rd place overall.  Albert edged out Brad, both 10 minutes ahead of me and in course record time (and finishing the same time as 50k Nick Clark, who also set a CR).  Matt and Nephi were just behind.

I grabbed my camera and ran up to the 1 mile mark on the trail, hoping to get a good picture of Cody finishing his 50k.  But, I had to head back for the awards before he appeared.  Unfortunately, they still had me as doing the 50k on the finishers sheet, so I didn't get a 25k award (and declined the 2nd place overall 50k award), but that's ok with me.  I ate lots of yummy buffalo stew to make up for it.  And Cody did awesome and won an age award, though I won't spoil his report.

Overall, this is a great race in a beautiful, unique location I had never been at before.  Jim really does a good job, though I was disappointed to never see any buffalo during the race, only before and afterwards.  I particularly enjoyed talking to lots of great runners after the race, many of whom I only knew by their blog before today (50m winners Ryan Burch and Scott Jaime, Matt Hart, Karl Jarvis, Brian Beckstead, Nick Clark, Erik Storheim, plus FRB-ers nfroerer, facelessghost, Jim Kern, a surprise appearance by Chad and his kids, plus cheered Twinkies and Jun into the finish- plus lots of otherss!).  Trail runners are a great bunch of nice folks.

Cody and I had to head out so I could get my kids from the babysitter, and we were still an hour late.  I'm very happy with today, though- I have a long, long ways to go before I'm in racing shape, but I already have a bit of spunk in my legs and feel like my hips are slowly getting better.  And no ab pain today.  

Now I have 9 weeks of hard training to get ready for the tough Pocatello 50 miler.  Maybe I can actually compete against Cody this time, since I wimped out of the first race of our series.

A few race photos on my blogspot page

XT Wings Miles: 20.00
Weight: 0.00
From Oreo on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 21:08:27 from

Jon - it was great meeting you after the race. You and Cody had some great races. I agree Trail runners are great. I was going to say hi out on the trail, but you were just some sort of fast blur... Keep it rolling. Hopefully we'll cross paths again.

From steve ash on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 21:10:23 from

Awesome! Sounds like a tough course. Looks fun though.

From Paul on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 21:51:50 from

Good job. It was a nice day for a race.

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 21:57:15 from

sounds like fun, and great job with the frustrating running setbacks. it will be nice to get onto some dry trails for training soon.

From Twinkies on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 00:02:45 from

Thanks for cheering me in. Second place is awesome considering you are recovering from injury. Continue to heal up, the trails are going be fun this year.

From jun on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:27:59 from

So, today I came even closer to meeting you, but still didn't. Instead of just being in the same location apparently I ran right by you. I was pacing Matt. I had no idea you'd be there.

Nice job on your 3rd place finish. I hope you continue to heal well and can get back at it.

From Maurine/Miles on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 11:55:18 from

Great job, Jon. That is a tough course. I remember seeing you hanging around as I hobbled around the finish area.

From Cody on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:49:57 from

Well done on very little running miles! Too bad you had to whimp out on round one of our little war! It would have been entertaining to watch us out kick each other in the 50K while walking. Kind of like an old man race or something. 3rd place is very impressive for the field you ran against.

Bring on Pokey!!

From todd kelly on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 17:37:18 from

Awesome job Jon that time is great. That course is one of my favorites. Keep up the great running...

From Faceless Ghost on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 19:33:48 from

It was good to meet you out there. I like being able to match faces with blogs. We'll probably see each other on the trails this summer.

From gdoc on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 21:54:53 from

Nice run. It was great to spot the green shorts out there. I might get hooked on this trail run thing.

From crockett on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 00:44:50 from

Super race, great job. Wish I was that fast with or without training. Thanks for your help at mile 69 and pushing me on my way.

From c h a d on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 20:21:07 from

Great race, Jon. You're on the comeback trail. Glad I got to chat with you a bit and see for myself your shiny green gaiters.

From jtshad on Fri, Apr 02, 2010 at 10:50:10 from

Great job, Jon! Sounds like you did great and are working your way back. I saw Nephi once last year up hear, good to hear he is still out there running (lives in Ogden now I believe).

Looking forward to catching up with you this weekend!

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