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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: 13.00 Month: 5.00 Year: 1284.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 231.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 414.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 221.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 233.50
Race: Deseret News 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:34:06, Place overall: 41, Place in age division: 10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Deseret News 10k today.  First time running it, though I have read many race reports and knew what to expect.  I arrived back in Utah yesterday after 3 weeks away.  Woke up at 3:53 am- early.  81 deg when I got in my car- very warm for a race.  Ran a mile at the house, about 2 more at the start.  4 stars.  Saw a few bloggers (though not as many as expected) and lined up for the race.  My old 10k PR is somewhere between 33:00-34:00 from college- kind of sad I don't remember exactly.  Post-collegiate was last year's 34:37 at Garland on an out-and-back course.  I was hoping for a 33:00-33:30, though the heat put that in doubt.

This race is stacked and starts off very fast, though some people at the front definitely should have been further back in the pack and kind of clog things up.  First mile was 4:59 downhill- my first sub-5 mile in years, I think.  Then 5:07 second mile.  Ran a bit with Ben Van Beekum on this stretch, though he and Adam RW quickly pulled away and put about 20 seconds on me way too easily.  Third mile should have been 5:20, but I did a 5:35- wow, way too slow.  My legs were fine, but breathing was labored and body has some definite general slogginess.  At this point I was just behind 2 women (who I thought may have been the top women, though they ended up being numbers 5 and 6).  Passed them, then one of them passed me back- ended up being Michele Suszek.  She and a guy were about 10 yards ahead of me and holding steady.

Mile 4 was 5:37- about 20 seconds slower than I wanted.  I knew sub-34 was unlikely.  Running down the parade route was rather nice, though more downhill would have been nicer.  There was a fair amount of cheering aimed at Michele, though I appreciated it, as well.  Mile 5 was 5:32- I started to get a second wind, and my endurance kicked in, seeing as mile 5 is usually slower for everyone than mile 4.  At this point I passed Michele and a few guys.  The only aid station was on this stretch, and I gratefully wet my mouth and my head- the heat was very noticeable, though running in Florida certainly had helped a bit.  Mile 6 was pretty bad- 5:54.  I passed another guy but had someone fly by me.  Just wanted to finish.  Last .2 was 1:20, with a final time of 34:06.  41st guy, 10th in my age group, plus 4 women [way] ahead of me.

Overall, I would grade my race a very pedestrian "C" today.  Well run race with accurate mile markers.  And it is a post-collegiate PR, though very aided.  I ran ok, but didn't have any kind of spunk or race day magic.  I can think of any number of reasons/excuses: no speed work or Big Workouts in 3 whole weeks, very poor sleep this week (hard to sleep with 2 young kids in the same room), lots of travel with different eating patterns, acclimating from Florida to high-altitude Colorado to Utah, lots of driving.  My legs felt fine and have no soreness, with my breathing being the restrictive factor during the race.  But in the end, it was just one of those days where everything doesn't click for whatever reason.  Oh well, no worries.

Next up- I hope I will be in town for the Jupiter Steeplechase in 2 weeks, then TOU 1/2 and marathon.  But I will likely be in Florida for 3-4 weeks in the next few months, so may miss some.  And my company just announced 450 more layoffs, so I have to work hard to not be in that group.

Tangent 3 Miles: 13.50
Weight: 0.00
From allie on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 08:47:36 from

great race. traveling always throws things out of whack for me, so i think you handled it very well. especially finding time to get in so many miles away from home. that's impressive. i will probably be seeing you at TOU 1/2.

From jtshad on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 09:52:22 from

Good job on the race and welcome home. I will be praying for you to make it through the layoffs.

From Holt on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 13:05:51 from

I heard about the layoffs on the news and was hoping you're safe, we will be sending positive vibes for you.

Oh... and good job on the race.

From Kelli on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 13:21:37 from

Nice race report. Sorry it did not go as planned, but I am sure your analysis of why is probably right----especially the travel with two young kids! Traveling really seems to throw us all off.

Good luck with work and your next few months of racing and traveling.

From James on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 13:46:00 from

I am sure you will make it through the layoffs, you are the "rocket man", they won't let you go. Hey good race at Des News, I can't even remember what racing is like right now, but I remember that one hurts in the last mile or so.

I was out of the loop for a while with moving and everything and finally got a chance to read your Logan Peak report from a month ago, excellent race! That was some good competition you beat down that day. Maybe I'll have come give you a little more next year!:)

Hey, keep it up! We would love to see you guys again sometime, maybe we can work something out in the near future.

From RivertonPaul on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 14:59:37 from

Nice report, Jon. Keep at it.

From Adam RW on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 16:42:38 from

Jon, It was getting talking to you again. With everything going on in your life right now I would have graded you higher than a C but so be it. I hope the rest of your weekend goes well and that you stay out of the 450...

From JimF on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 20:08:33 from

Nice race! Not what you wanted but still a PR which is always good. I can definitely testify to the travel wearing you down so I am sure it would have been much better if you were fresh.

From Dave S on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 21:06:20 from

Sounds like a pretty good time to me especially under the circumstances. I'll probably see you again at Tou half if you make it. Good luck with the layoff situation.

From Twinkies on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 22:38:29 from

Great race, Jon. I think the reason you didn't do as well as hoped is because this race is ran on pavement. You have special powers when you run on a trail through the mountains. Hope to see you at Jupiter Peak.

From Jon on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 23:12:56 from

Thanks, everyone. It was an ok race- I'm not too bummed about it or anything. But it was a good reminder how much I prefer trail races. James, you're more than welcome to stay at my house next year before Logan Peak. It would be great to have more competition. Though I think you would have to run more than a 50 mile week to win at that race ;)

From redrooster on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 23:58:30 from

Jon, great to finally run together, well for about one second anyway. But knowing you guys were at the end inspired me to push it hard on those downhills, I wasn't going to embarrass myself too badly in front of you and Cody. I've always hated the way they start this race- I think it has grown to the point where they really need to start it in qualifying waves with such a narrow chaotic starting line. And, they post the finish times based on gun time even though if you get stuck in the back it can take 30 seconds or longer to cross the start. With waves they could dump the gun times except for the elite runners. Oh well, if its any consolation I am pretty sure this year was actually somewhat "cool" in temperature compared to a couple years I have run, where it was pushing 90 degrees at the start.

From Superfly on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 10:12:33 from

Great job racing back on the road scene. For a trail guy you ran great. Welcome back to our wonderful state.

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