I'm retired from racing. Really.

July 12, 2020

Recent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesJon's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth ViewYear View
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!



Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007



Goal Type:


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:


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!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 26.00 Year: 735.00
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: 272.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 112.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Home with another eye issue.  Ran 3 miles, plus a bunch of xt.

Test Shoe 4 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 07:56:00 from

Your "wisdom" has come into question! With a range of 1 mile to 100 mile races, is it any wonder? ;)

From Jon on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 20:07:48 from

Ehh. Fine, I responded once more. Maybe if I add on some 200 mile races, then someone would believe me. Although I'm not sure why they would! :) I'm done, now.

From Jake K on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 07:59:15 from

You guys are missing the forest for the trees on this one. Whoever the guy is, he clearly knows more about running that most of us combined. If you've ever read anything by Lydiard, Howill, Daniels, Canova, and then read his blog for a few weeks (and the comments) you'd understand that he knows all of their stuff inside and out. Plus, he's incredibly encouraging and giving solid advice to lots of people on the blog... giving tons of positive feedback and spending lots of time doing that.

I know a lot of guys on the blog do the workouts that "Tinman" suggests. Well, Tom Schwartz posted anonymously on internet forums for YEARS (and it turned out he wasn't all that great of a runner himself). But that doesn't mean his advice wasn't worth anything. Same goes for Jack Daniels, who posted anonymously as "jtupper" for a long time.

When something is good and benefiting other people, let it ride.

I should have probably written this in a private message, but I don't care if its public.

Hope you don't take this as me being hostile, I just think its unfair to rip on someone for having big goals and different ideas. Sasha's goal is to run 2:08 in the marathon. Mine is to come in the Top 15 at the Olympic Trials. We've never done anything that would suggest that is possible. But I thought the whole point of this blog was to have crazy huge dreams and then go for them?

From Jon on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 08:48:41 from

Fair comment, Jake. I wasn't trying to be mean. Just a bit interested that he didn't realize how big of goals he'd set for himself (3 age group WR), plus seemed to have lots of words of wisdom of things that were "true" even though he'd never tried them himself and hadn't seen how effective they could be. Lots of good coaches aren't great runners (or football players, etc)- I realize that. I guessed it just caught my attention how much confidence he has in his ideas and the guarantee of WR success, and how he seemed a bit condescending towards some others (i.e. mocking the Utah WR list or claiming he's got it and many of us others done).

I've been on FRB a long time. For a number of years, I went to great lengths to comment of EVERY single race anyone ran with a hearty congrats, and to comment on EVERY single new member's postings. That obviously couldn't last forever given how busy my life is (full time job, running, wife and 4 kids, etc). Now I've basically restricted myself to generally following a few blogs of people I know. I'm sorry if my words to BAM came across harsh on my first comment, though he quickly attacked what I wrote. I wish I had never seen his blog and started reading all of it. I will again restrict myself to my limited few friends and not get worked up at all about anything. Life's easier that way and I don't have time or energy elsewise. Peace.

From Jon on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 08:51:25 from

Final thought- maybe all of us have a little Pete Magill in us, responding to his 6 hour marathoning neighbor... (see jtshad's blog)

From Jake K on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 10:17:11 from

I hope I didn't come off as a jerk. I know you have been here since the beginning and you have a lot of other (more important) commitments these days. I admire and greatly respect the way you guys balance family and being top notch runners and still taking some time to share w/ the community on here.

Peace all around! :-)

From Jon on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 12:25:10 from

No worries. I'm just gonna shut up and run now.

Add Your Comment.
  • Keep it family-safe. No vulgar or profane language. To discourage anonymous comments of cowardly nature, your IP address will be logged and posted next to your comment.
  • Do not respond to another person's comment out of context. If he made the original comment on another page/blog entry, go to that entry and respond there.
  • If all you want to do is contact the blogger and your comment is not connected with this entry and has no relevance to others, send a private message instead.
Only registered users with public blogs are allowed to post comments. Log in with your username and password or create an account and set up a blog.
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements
Web fastrunningblog.com
New Kids on the Blog
(need a welcome):