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Logan Peak Run

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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!

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Miles:This week: 6.00 Month: 32.00 Year: 741.00
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: 278.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Race: Logan Peak Run (28 Miles) 04:28:48, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

AM- Logan Peak Run.  The hometown race.  I was lucky enough to win the race against stiff (primarily out-of-town) competition the past few years.  This year, the competition came from the locals!  The race is 28 miles (give or take), all trail, some of it rather technical, running from Logan to the top of Logan Peak and back.  7200 ft elevation gain, and equal loss.

Warmed up a few miles, 4 star race.  They adjusted the start a bit, thankfully eliminating a bit of road and making the race about 1/3 mile shorter.  We started, and I soon found myself leading a pack of 5 (me, Joe, Cody, Chris Cawley, and Scott Dickey) all the way up the steep Dry Canyon to aid 1.  Splits were 8:57, 11:29, 14:14, 15:27, and 14:28 (counting aid stop).  We were 2.5 min up on last year's CR pace, primarily due to the shorter start.  I stopped at mile 6 to relieve myself while enjoying the view, and fell to the back.  Followed Chris down South Syncline trail for a few miles, then we turned a corner and saw Cody sprawled out with Joe tending to him.  Big wipeout, bloody lip, arms, etc.  Cody seemed in a bit of a daze.  I was thinking (hoping?) the fall would make Cody hesitant and slow on the downhills, but he bounced back like the stubborn guy he is. Scott had pulled away but we reeled him in soon.  Lots of up and down to aid 2 at the backside of the peak, splits of 10:11, 6:49, 9:02 (with stopping for Cody), 10:31, 11:44, 9:50.  4 min total faster than last year.

Despite fears and reports of tons of snow, the ascent to the peak wasn't too muddy or snowy- and less icy than last year.  Chris pushed the uphill, but we lagged behind, knowing the oxygen debt wasn't worth it.  Hit the top in 2:37:10, about 4-5 min faster than last year.  I felt good on the uphills.  Then back down to the aid station, catching a bonking Chris on the way.  Splits were 10:59, 16:20, 10:50, 8:30, 7:32.

I was very good with quick aid station stops at the first 3, though Cody left aid 3 just a hair ahead of me.  I quickly caught and passed him, and Joe caught Cody.  Chris and Scott fell back, never seen again.  I put about 30 seconds on Joe and Cody on the jeep trail, and was hoping I could repeat last year's race where I pulled away on the North Syncline singletrack and eventually won.  I reached the singletrack 6 min ahead of last years time.  However, when I hit the downhill/rolling singletrack, my legs failed to kick into high gear.  Cody and Joe easily caught me and we ran as a pack till aid 4 at the top of Dry.  But I knew I was in trouble- my legs didn't have any downhill speed and my stomach was trying to send back all the gu's.  Splits were 9:23, 7:11, 7:13, 10:04, 13:40, 8:43.  We had given back 3 min compared to my time last year by the time we reached aid 4.

I stopped for a bottle refill at aid 4, while Cody and Joe took off down the hill.  I was only about 10 seconds back when I left, but I watched the gap grow and grow.  Last year, I ran the 4 dry canyon miles in 24:02.  This year, I ran them in 31:06.  Not really much else to say about that- my legs were finished, nothing for the downhill.  With my high training mileage, my legs sometimes feel great on downhills, and sometimes they are empty.  Today was the first race where they were empty.  I knew Cody and Joe were gone, and started to worry about being caught, but still couldn't speed up.  I wasn't bonking in terms of running out of sugar/energy, my legs were just tired.  Splits were 7:59, 7:07, 8:07, 7:53, 7:20.  A far cry from last year's 6 min miles.  Finished 6-7 min back from Cody and Joe, final time of 4:28:48.  2 min slower than last year, though I estimate the course was 2.5 min faster.  So probably 4.5 min slower, in real terms.  FRB/SGRC 1 thru 3 sweep, and all Loganites- kind of fun.

Chris finished 4th place, 12 min back from me.  The big adventurer, though, was Shane Martin, who missed a turn, tried to bushwack back, and somehow ended up at the bottom of Logan Canyon after avoiding some cliffs.  He ran down the canyon river trail and bushwacked back up to the starting line, begging some water off a kind homeowner on the way.  Quite the tale.  Lots of people had tales of massive wipeouts, too, with 8 of the top 10 finishers sporting scrapes and bruises.  I was one of the few who stayed on my feet.

It was great to see how excited Cody and Joe were for their races, as well as many other runners.  Lots of people had great runs.  I enjoyed spending some time at the finish, talking to lots of people (including FRB-ers Bryce, ultrajim, and twinkies) and eating the great food spread Bruce provides, and playing a bit with my family, too, who had come to support me.  

I'll admit it's a bit painful to lose a race after winning it 2 years in a row, especially to Cody :).  I'm sure Cody will remind me of the defeat often (which I deserve), and he and Joe earned all the accolades they can get- they ran very strong and, unlike me, finished well.  I'm know my recent high mileage (88 miles/week avg over the past 4 weeks) slowed me at the end.  I imagine a decent taper would have helped, but I'm really not sure it would have been enough to stay up with Cody and Joe at the end- they were super speedy.  I knowingly chose to not taper, aiming all training towards the Bear 100, and this is simply a consequence.  I do have lots of time to make up on Cody at El Vaquero Loco, however... so he better watch out!

Well done to everyone today, and a big thanks to the RD's, aid station volunteers, and my family.  A great day and a great trail run on a beautiful mountain- can't ask for much more than that.

XT Wings 3 Miles: 29.00
Weight: 0.00
From Aaron Kennard on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 19:36:19 from

Great race, and great sportsmanship. That's cool to see how close you all are to each other, and running that fast at all...taper or not, is pretty dang impressive in itself (but moreso doing it without tapering). I look forward to meeting all you guys this coming weekend.

From Paul on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 20:09:38 from

Great job. I thought it was really cool that you, Cody, and Joe swept 1-3. Way to represent! Definitely a solid race for you.

From Dale on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 21:13:50 from

Fine job giving everyone a run for the money. Really great effort sans taper. Don't let Cody give you too much grief....you're still up on # of wins by my count.

From JD on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 23:49:57 from

Sounds like a perfect training run for Bear 100.

I assume you saw that Krupicka took a close 2nd behind Geoff Roes at WS100 today. They were together throughout most of the race. Both of them smashed the CR. Good stuff.

From Burt on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 23:54:33 from

So now we get the whole story on Cody's rope-a-dope technique. The classic European flop. Just kidding. You guys are super tough. Great race.

From Jon on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 00:31:58 from

Dale- good point about # of wins!

JD- yeah, I was hitting refresh on WS page and twitter as fast as I could. Exciting, amazing comeback for Geoff.

From Little Bad Legs on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 00:44:30 from

Great job Jon and great showing by the blog. I'm sure not tapering will pay of big time for your next race. Way to keep things in perspective.

From Kelli on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 01:44:54 from

Well, if you have to come in 3rd, best to come in third to friends! Nice race, super impressed.

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 02:09:17 from

great race and report, neat to see the clean sweep by you, Cody and Joe-very cool. nicely done!

From Bryce on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 11:18:04 from

There's fast juice in that Cache Valley water! you guys had an amazing race! Incrediable the pace you put down out there, its like you are competing in an totally different sport than the rest of us. Very impressive and well done. I agree with the above, AMAZING WS this year! Way to go Geoff!

From James on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 19:41:26 from

Good race Jon! I enjoyed your report. If I ever get over this muscle tear I might come race you guys in that one next year.

From Samantha Dean-Howard on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 07:51:14 from

Great race Jon well done incredible pace on trail races :)

From jtshad on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:26:35 from

Great race, sorry about the tired legs! At least you didn't get bloody...but I bet you would take a scrape or to for the win!

Fantastic race!

From Superfly on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:57:04 from

Good job Jon. Next year you and Cody can race it again in a win takes all showdown:) The race sounds fun but brutal.

From Robert on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 13:35:54 from

No bumps or bruises on a technical course and 3rd place to friends? I'd take it. Great job.

From jun on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 19:57:12 from

Great job. That's awesome. I'm excited to see how you'll do down in Mesa. You should win it!

From Burt on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 21:41:10 from

Love the new blog title. Haha!

From Jim Kern on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 23:04:01 from

Congratulations on a great race. Thanks for your encouragement. I'm think I might have found my calling as a 'sweeper'.

From Twinkies on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 14:49:43 from

It amazes me that you still did sub 8's on tired legs. You guys are in a different league. Great job out there. Saturday was a perfect day. That is one of the most scenic courses I was ever ran.

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