I'm retired from racing. Really.

July 20, 2019

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

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:

Goals 

None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

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: 16.50 Year: 551.50
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: 260.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
20.000.000.000.000.0020.00

Today I finally did a run that I have wanted to do for a long, long time- DJJ.  In other words, Double Jardine Juniper (http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/jardine.htm).  JJ is one of my absolute favorite trails, but I have never done it 2 times in a row.  The trail is ~10 miles round trip, with 1850 feet ascent on the way out and 1850 descent on the way back- pretty technical on some of it.  Cody volunteered to come with me- he was on bike.  Normal time for the trail is 1:20-1:23, with my all time fastest of 1:18:30.  I was hoping to do both trips in under 2:50.

Great morning for a run- 40 deg or so, a bit breezy.  We started early- I left my house at 5:30 am to pick up Cody.  First time up was a moderate-to-hard pace.  I hit the start of the loop (mile 4) in 41:47 (10:26 pace- pretty typical for that climb) and did the 1.5 mile loop at the top in 13:23 (8:55 pace).  The trail was very muddy in many locations and really slowed me down- I think I did half the run with a pound of mud stuck to each shoe.  Then comes the fun downhill- 4 miles in 30:24.  I was moving at a decent clip but definitely wasn't going all out.  Total time first run was 1:25:35 (8:33 pace).  Oh, and I beat Cody- he arrived about a minute after me!  Score one for the runners!

Took a little break, got a drink and ate some food, then it was on to round 2.  Cody dropped out and did some biking in the area- he didn't want to fight the mud again.  I was definitely tired on the climb but really pushed the pace- 39:56 to the 4 miles spot, 9:59 pace.  Ran the loop in 12:06 (8:04 pace).  Then I really kicked it on the whole downhill- I was going all out the whole way, almost twisting my ankle and running into branches a bunch of times.  24:52 for the downhill (6:13 pace).  It was awesome and I was pooped.  1:16:56 for the second lap.  That means I went 1:34 faster than my old record!  Pretty amazing supposing I set my all time record after already having run 10 miles.  It was so much fun!  Oh, and my run down the second time was only 3.5 minutes slower than Cody's descent (on a bike with almost 2000' downhill).  2:42:31 totat time, 8:07 avg.

Great fun today- it was as great as I had hoped.

Ascend- 282

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Cody on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 13:19:10

I concede...You are the master....

Maybe without the mud I could've had you....

From Jon on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 13:33:16

We can do it again in a few weeks, if you want.

Thanks for coming.

From MichelleL on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 14:26:16

This sounds like classic Jon running. Congrats on the big PR after 10 miles already. The only thing is, do you think its worth the risk of injury? This is why I don't do runs like this. I love running so much I get risk adverse.

From Adam RW on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 14:50:32

Sounds like fun! What's with the skunks did I miss an entry?

From Adam RW on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 14:51:47

Just saw it, Tues... Fun!

From David on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 15:10:14

That's pretty cool.

From Jon on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 15:33:06

Michelle- what risk of injury? Like spraining an ankle or something? I would much, much rather sprain an ankle on a run like this and be out for the season than to not do runs like this. I run in order to do trails. Running trails is not just part of my training- it is my running! I like the challenge of road racing, too, but my biggest running love is trail runs. Besides, the risk of injury/wildlife/nature problems is half the fun! Much more exciting than running on a flat, boring, predictable road.

From jtshad on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 16:55:34

Great run and nice weekly mileage. You are definitely going to be ready for the trail races this summer.

From josse on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 10:46:29

I love trials as well, and agree that they decrease risk of injury, not elemiminate them completly though. Don't fool yourself into thinking you can't get an ijury from running on trails. You still have to head warning sings and be careful with increasing mileage and all the regular things you do not to get injured.

That all said I would be on the trails alot more but I have sprained my ankle mutiple times (probably around 10 good sprains on the same ankle). And feel the risk is too great for me. I do wish I had more dirt road to run on.

I still will probably go run trails in the future but not as much as my heart want to.

Just an after thought-even though I have sprained my ankle, and some where badly bruised and swollen, I still ran through every one of the sprains with not much problem.

I do love reading all the differant peoples trail running entries. And when I can't sleep at night I imagine myself running on the trails and I fall asleep instantly.

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