I'm retired from racing. Really.

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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: 0.00 Month: 44.50 Year: 651.50
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: 280.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 35.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

PM- Warmup with Cody to Blackhawk park, then 2x1mi at CV pace (~5:30).  Cody wanted 5:40, so I gave him a 10 second head start then started in pursuit.  It seemed pretty hard, the kind of workout where you think, "No way I can hold this pace for 26 miles."  I caught Cody just before the mile and he told me I was doing 5:15 pace- so it was too fast (hence why it seemed fast).  Second one was slower- I wanted 5:30-5:35 and didn't try to catch Cody this time.  Repeats were 5:16 and 5:35.  With cooldown we did 9 miles, 1:05:20.

Adrenaline- 173

Comparison of 2007 vs 2008 running season:

 2007  2008
 Total miles 12 weeks pre-marathon
 820.8  931.7
 Total miles 24 weeks pre-marathon  1352.1  1635.4
 Total miles 36 weeks pre-marathon  1628.6  2243.4
 15-19 mile runs 12 weeks pre-marathon
 9 12
 15-19 mile runs 24 weeks pre-marathon  15  14
 15-19 mile runs 36 weeks pre-marathon  16  21
 20+ mile runs 12 weeks pre-marathon
 6  6
 20+ mile runs 24 weeks pre-marathon  7  11
 20+ mile runs 36 weeks pre-marathon  7  12
26+ mile runs 36 weeks pre-marathon
 Days missed 12 weeks pre-marathon
 7  2
 Wheat and Beet 10k time
 36:17  34:37
 TOU 1/2 marathon time
 1:14:07  1:11:37

Across the board, I am more prepared this year than last- 600 more miles in the past 36 weeks.  5 more runs of 15-19 miles, 5 more runs of 20+ miles.  5 fewer missed days.  The biggest difference is my build up- the last 12 weeks are pretty similar, but I had a lot higher mileage and more long runs in the spring and early summer this year than last.  And I raced 3 marathons+ distances.  My times are indicative of being in much better shape- 1:40 faster in a 10k, 2:30 faster in a half marathon.  Other than a few relatively minor issues, I have been injury and sickness-free since April. 

Why am I listing these stats?  To reassure myself.  I'm still a bit nervous for St. George, but Paul always says that a marathon is too long of a race to get nervous for, since the work has already been done over the past 6+ months.  You never know what will happen race day with the weather, stomach, bathroom, cramps, etc, but I expect to have a good, fun race.  I hope everyone else does, too.


Safe goal- 2:35 (still a 4 min PR)

Realistic goal- 2:29:59

Stretch goal- 2:27:30

Super-stretch goal (i.e. the stars and planets all align)- 2:25

I would also love to place top 10.

Good luck to everyone!  See you at the finish.


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From James on Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 19:30:52

I'll just say that you are in the kind of shape that I wish I was in. You have literally done twice the mileage I have this year, no worries for you. And if you can run a 1:15 first half you should have no problem going sub 2:30. In fact, if you run the first half that fast and don't do run sub 2:30 than I will claim that I have no clue who you are!:)

From JimF on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 09:12:52

Impressive numbers for this year vs. last. You are in great shape and going to do great Sat. I think you are smart for going back and seeing the work that you have put in. It has to be a big confidence builder.

From jtshad on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 12:01:08

Jon, you are in prime shape and will do very well at SGM just as we discussed on Saturday. Have a safe trip and a great race. We will be checking on Saturday night from Minneapolis and expect a full report!

From Jason McK on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 12:24:42

Good Luck at SGM. I'm jealous of your times - but apparently your working hard for them.

From RivertonPaul on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 10:16:49

Have a great SGM.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 23:07:24

Assuming no headwind or something crazy like that. Realistic goal - 2:27:00. Stretch goal - 2:25:30. Breakthrough goal - 2:23:30. In other words, do not be afraid to go through the half in under 1:13 if the pace feels good. If you and other bloggers with sub-2:30 potential were mutual funds or some other legitimate investment opportunities, and investing in a runner that has not yet broken 2:30 yielded a huge return on conditions of breaking 2:24 with no return at all otherwise, you would be at the top of my list not just among the bloggers, but among all runners in the race.

From Jon on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 23:25:57

Thanks, Sasha. I must say, I've never thought of myself as a mutual fund before :)

From Superfly on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 12:10:51

Jon I think you've got a great chance to run just as fast or faster than I did last year. However don't ruin your chances on the first half. I ran a 2:25 last year and the first half was in 1:13:40. If you burn it all out on the first half the second half won't be half as much fun or fast.

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