I'm retired from racing. Really.

Striders 30k

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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:


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: 3.00 Month: 79.50 Year: 79.50
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 98.00
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 26.50
Race: Striders 30k (18.6 Miles) 02:00:37, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Day of the last Striders series race.  I went in not really knowing what to expect- I am 95% recovered from my sickness, but I first got sick Mar 18 and essentially missed 3 weeks of good training.  I was in 3rd place in the series, 29 seconds ahead of Ben.  My only goal was to hold onto 3rd place.  I planned to take it out slow at 6:30 pace and then see what happened after mile 9.  3 miles warmup.

Pretty good weather- probably 30 deg, slight breeze the whole way.  Sunny- shorts, singlet, gloves and hat.  Found out at the start that Tim Wight would not run because he has a stress fracture in his pelvis- ouch!  Get well soon, buddy.

Mile 1 was with Ben, Nate Pollard, Cody, and Chad- 6:54 (mile was a bit long), then Cody and Chad pulled away and I ran with the other 2.  Mile 2 was 6:16, then 4 miles between 6:29-6:34.  Then we did 3 miles of 6:50-6:56 pace up a gradual incline with a slight headwind.  First 9 miles were very easy for me (I could have done ~30 seconds faster per mile), but I was just fine with that.  After the top, we picked it up a bit- 6:26 for mile 10, then 6:10 and 6:06.  When we hit mile 12, Ben (who did SLC marathon last week) and Nate decided to slow down to 7:00 pace while I kept going with a 6:08 and a 6:03.  At mile 15 I was starting to feel my 6:10 pace and hit some gradual uphills which continue through the end of the course- Cody says they at 20 seconds slower than the previous miles.  I did a 6:18, 6:23, 6:24, then 6:26.  Felt pretty tired but actually maintaining a decent pace.  I got passed by Jeff M at mile 18- tried to hold him off but he had a good head of steam.  Last 0.6 in 4:02.  4th place overall, 3rd in the series.  I met my goal.  Sub-2:00 would have been nice, but the first 9 miles were too slow for that.  Very slow 1.5 miles cool down.

Chad easily won, 1:53, and Cody took second, 1:55.  They had decided whoever won would take the other and myself to breakfast, so Chad took us to a good little restaurant.  Thanks, Chad.  Top 3 FRB sweep in the men's overall for the series- Chad, Cody, and myself.  Sasha and Steve should be happy.  We even got some comments on how nice our matching shirts looked.  Big congrats to Chad and Cody and all the other series runners.

I was happy with today- I got 3rd in the series and got a good training run for the marathon.  Based on today, I'm not really going to taper for Ogden marathon and will aim for a 2:50 time- not going to push it, just use it as training for the rest of the year- start slow, see what I have left at mile 18.  Feel good, with a slight pain in my right knee that I will monitor.

Adrenaline- 299

Tangent- 187

Weight: 0.00
From Adam RW- on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:49:55

Jon, Great run! I've been eagerly waiting to hear how everyone did. It is great that you three swept the series!

From Walter on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 17:27:42

Jon I wished now i felt good enough to run with you guys. I would have tried keeping up with you. I want to try to run a slow first half in ogden marathon around 1:20 and then try to get a 2:38. Thats a good goal and Im going to stretch alot and try to get my legs back. I have to force myself to settle down when I start races.

From Lybi on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 17:53:34

Congratulations on a great race and the Striders series! How exciting!

From Brent on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:15:56

Jon, no doubt, you would have given the top 2 a run for win if not for being sick, great run and series. 300 commando points for the 4th overall. Can't wait to see what you and the other bloggers do at Ogden.

B of BS Rools out

From Chad on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 19:16:12

Jon--great job today, it was a fun series. I'll never forget your 10m performance.

From MichelleL on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:10:06

Good job Jon! So glad we swept!

From Paul Petersen on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:18:11

Nice job. Way to come back from sickness and moving.

From cody on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 23:12:55

Nice Job Jon! I think you still have a great summer of racing ahead. This is only the beginning. I have to thank you for getting sick so I could move into second. Taking one for the team!

From jtshad on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 09:53:39

Jon, great running coming off all you have had to deal with. Congrats on the 3rd place series finish. Looking forward to seeing you in Ogden, running strong and healthy.

From josse t on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:06:19

Good job on with pulling through a tough race and series. Hope you are 100% soon:)

From MarcieJ on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:18:46

Great race!

From James on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 15:18:53

Nice running there. A top three finish in the series after a rough few weeks of life trials. However, I am disappointed in you not being able to finish off those pancakes!

From MichelleL on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 15:53:18

No kidding on the pancakes! That is just shameful :)

From jtshad on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 11:34:03

Nice pic of you Chad and Cody on the Strider's Series Results homepage. Three stud runners!

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