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Old Dominion 100 (DNF)

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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: 0.00 Month: 20.00 Year: 803.00
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: 324.50
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 66.00
Race: Old Dominion 100 (DNF) (75 Miles) 13:15:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

"I went to the well, and the well was dry." 

-Scott Jurek, after 2009 Western States 100 DNF at mile 48


Old Dominion 100 report: DNF at mile 75, 13:15

UPDATE:  Full race report has been posted. 

I'll do a full write up on my blogger later, but I'll just put an update here for anyone wondering my result.  Short version is I generally felt good through mile 57, running exactly on my 17:10 schedule and in 4th place, then crashed hard.  A planned 80 min section took 110 min.  Nothing wrong like blisters, puking, hydration, blown quads, etc.  Just felt no energy, tapped dry.  Limped into mile 65 aid station where Barry covered me in ice for 20 min to get me moving again.  Had about 30 min of rebirth, then crashed again even harder.  Reached mile 75 over 80 min behind schedule and fading, somehow still around 6-8th place.  After an hour of sitting, I stopped my watch and pulled out of the race.

Like I often say, "Go big or go home."  I had tried to go big and just didn't have it today.  I probably could have walked though the final 25 in 7-8 hrs or so, giving me a 20+ hr finish, but that didn't really interest me.  I had shown up to compete all or nothing.  But my body was tapped dry, so I DNF'ed.  Barry went and had a blast running Sherman's gap without me, and I got a ride to our car at mile 86 where I spent several hours talking to crews and runners (and generally feeling pretty good).  

I'm sure some people will question not continuing, especially since a top 10, sub-24 hr finish was still likely.  But I weighed what I wanted, and acted accordingly.  I was there to compete, not to finish.  Unlike past ultras where I had multiple projected finish times prepared for my crew, this year I prepared only one, and went all in.  I missed, and bailed.  Cody and Paul, you'll understand what I mean when I say there was no "Oh Crap Slow" goal today...

A few stats: 50 miles in 7:53, 56 miles in 8:49 (9:26 avg).  Next 18.6 miles in 4:25 (14:17 avg pace).  Finished with 75 miles and 8300 gain/8600 loss in 13:15.

Big congrats to Neal Gorman, with a 16:16 win, and podium finishers Karsten Brown and Eric Grossman. 

XT Wings 2 Miles: 19.00Fuel XC 3 Miles: 56.50
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 08:35:42 from

Usually when I comment on a race I get it because I've been there myself but with a 100 miler I'm clueles

You're a smart guy and I'm sure you'll figure it out.Hang in there.

From jun on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 10:29:30 from

Show of a true competitor. I can respect it, for sure. Good effort. Conditions were ruthless and you still made it that far.

From jtshad on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 13:46:14 from

Sorry about the DNF and the issues you experienced. You know your condition better than anyone and race for your own edification so don't worry about what anyone else might say.

From Cody on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 14:57:21 from

Oh crap is right. Tough decision but in the heat of the moment (and probably afterward too) it's an easy call. There is always another one!

From Paul on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 16:11:48 from

I'm not questioning why you didn't continue, I'm questioning why you even started! Just kidding. But seriously, there are other races in the future, plus you have a family, a job, etc, no sense in putting yourself into the hospital. I think that just going 75 miles is pretty amazing. Shake it off, figure out if you can learn anything, and then leave it behind and don't dwell on it. You'll do great in other races.

From James on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 16:37:42 from

You are crazy! I second Paul in the why start!:) I think you made a good choice. There are a lot of races ahead, or should be you are not that old.

From Dale on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 16:54:55 from

The fact that you were at mile 57 in under 10 hours in a 100 mile race is pretty impressive in itself. I'm sure the heat didn't do you any favors. I'll be interested in the full report to see if you have an idea of what might've gone wrong. Behind on nutrition, perhaps? In any event, way to go for it, no regrets.

From Kelli on Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 22:40:39 from

I agree with what you said and did---smart guy! Rest up, you have earned it! You have a few more this year to look forward to!

From Predog on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 00:08:19 from

Man, that's a real bummer. I don't know for sure, but I'd be willing to put a lot of money down that the heat was a big factor. Being from Hurricane, I can tell you that the heat will turn an otherwise great run into a death march in a hurry. Well I'm sure there are many great races in your future, so nothing really to worry about. PS, I'm having "trail running with Jon and Cody" withdrawals. Thought you should know.

From Steam8 on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 00:17:45 from

75 in 13:15 is amazing. What a run! Great work!

From David Nelson on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 01:26:21 from

Ah, that September race is the one to gun for anyway. Looking forward to the full report.

From Bret on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 10:06:29 from

Good decision - good effort, no need to second guess it; you are a smart and experienced ultra runner and you knew what you wanted and knew what was best.

From Holt on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 15:45:06 from

Too bad about the final result for you Jon. I know that you had really pushed yourself for a great result here, but it is good to see that you can keep your head straight during the battle and through the disappointment. You will continue to do awesome and will keep conquering like always!

From Superfly on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 18:31:30 from

Ugh! Sounds like Chinese torture Jon. Sorry the race went south. I feel that quot by Jurek more times than not. Actually going to the well and finding it wet is like 1-10 times. But when you do find "it" on race day then I guess that's why we keep coming back. Good job man- I know this is late but your DNF at mile 75 is still 35 miles longer than any distance I've ever ran.

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