I'm retired from racing. Really.

Bear Lake 10 or 12 k

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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: 12.00 Month: 74.00 Year: 608.50
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 463.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 382.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 421.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 458.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 130.50
Race: Bear Lake 10 or 12 k (7.15 Miles) 00:41:14, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Cody, you owe me breakfast.

Chad invited me to celebrate his birthday with him by running the 1st annual Bear Lake 10k.  It was a nice course- out and back with a small loop.  Less than 200 runners, so not huge, though there were 200 more doing the marathon and 200 on the half marathon (both started out around the lake).  Course was almost flat with a few gentle inclines and a slight head wind the second half.

We started off at an ok pace- 5:36 on Chad's Garmin.  Jake Rushton slowly pulled ahead, Chad was just behind him, and I was a second or so back.  The turn around was ~2.5 miles (no real mile markers), and I counted that Jake had the lead by ~6 sec over Chad, and I was 6 seconds back from Chad.  Headwind on this portion, though I timed one mile at 5:44.  Chad extended his lead to ~10 seconds by mile 4 when I decided to make a move to catch him.  I closed the gap in about half a mile, then hoped to just hang with Chad.  Actually ended up pulling away from him and started closing on Jake.  We began to have doubts about the course when we started the 1.5 mile loop at about mile 5.5.  I think I averaged ~5:40-5:45 min/mile for the midpart of the course and passed the "one mile to go" sign at 35:26.  Last mile based on their markers was 5:47, though I know I slowed down a fair amount and used up my whole kick trying to keep my pace for the extra mile.  Finished 2nd overall, about 30 seconds behind Jake and 30 seconds ahead of Chad.  I figure on a legitimate course with a good ending I could have pulled 34:30-35:00 or so, maybe a bit faster.  The whole race felt fast but not uncomfortable- I probably should have gone a bit faster miles 3-6 and tried to catch Jake.  I have trouble "racing" anything shorter than about 10 miles- I just can't get started fast enough and it ends up feeling like a decent tempo run.

Definitely a first time race- 1 mile long, no water on the course (they were starting to set up an aid station at mile 4).  But I'm sure it will grow into a nice race.  Beautiful area, nice course.

Chad and I ran the course till we saw Walter go by on his way to the win for the 1/2 marathon (which had started 30 minutes late).  The marathon must have started at least an hour late, because Nick McCombs still had not finished by the time I left.  Just over 8 miles warm up and cool down.

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From Cody on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 13:36:13

Shoot! You should have let Chad beat you on his Birthday! Where is the charity? Mmmm Breakfast....

From Chad on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 13:50:50

If you let me beat you, I would have been no fun! Plus, now Cody owes us, so it all comes back around. Good job today.

From josse on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 14:07:41

Ah unorganized races, don't you love it? not really. Great job!

From Adam RW- on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 14:10:17

Great run, sounds like a bit'o fun.

From Superfly on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 14:11:11

Jon's the man. Good race! See ya on Friday.

From Dustin on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 18:47:52

Great race. Sorry I didn't comment sooner, but congrats on the baby. I've been a little out of the loop as far as commenting on or keep up with people's blogs. See you Friday

From Jon on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 02:47:43

Who is this Jake guy that you let pull away from you?

From jtshad on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 08:59:26

Nice race, especially for a sleep deprived guy!

Hope the family is doing well.

From Susannah on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 10:46:38

Oh, Jake is my cousin. He does triathlons. The race wasn't organized very well. I missed the start :( but I got 6th anyway.

From jeffmc on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:16:30

did you see Nick McCombs at the race? He has no time on the official marathon results and is listed as a nf, which I assume is the same as a DNF, so I am wondering if something happened, or if he just decided not to run.

From Jon on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:22:36

Jeff- I was looking for him but never saw him. I left at 10 am and he wasn't in yet, though I don't know what time the marathon started (supposed to be 6:30, I think). I'm pretty sure he decided not to run.

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