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Garland Wheat and Beet 10k

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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!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 15.00 Month: 95.00 Year: 1257.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 228.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 409.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 214.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 225.50
Race: Garland Wheat and Beet 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:34:37, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

AM- 4 easy miles as warm up for my race today.  Now off to the race!

Race- drove over the Garland with Paul, Cody, and Walter for this nice race- $5 entry for the non-competitive division (i.e. no award or t-shirt, which is fine with me).  2 mile warmup.  The course is a nice out and back with one hill- down and then up (it is a highway underpass, mile 1 is right at the bottom).  Headwind on the way out, not noticeable on the way back.  Nice winding course through farm fields.  Last year I ran a 36:17 and was hoping to be 34:30-35:00 this year. 

Started out pretty fast- 5:23, then 6:01 for mile 2 (slowed a bit plus the uphill), 6:17 for the 1.1 to the turnaround (5:42 pace).  Went through the turnaround with Walter about 15 seconds ahead and with Paul right behind me- he and I had been talking off and on most of the way out.  I tried to really work it on the way back- 5:50 for the 1.1 (27 seconds faster than on the way out- 5:18 pace, which dropped Paul), then a 5:36.  Finally caught Walter with about 1.5 miles to go (he was running strong and I wasn't sure if I would get him), though he hung within about 10 seconds of me.  Pushed it on the last mile and ran 5:29, pretty good supposing there was the uphill.  34:37 for the race, Walter was about 13 seconds behind and Paul snuck under 35:00.  Cody was about 2 minutes back, for a 1-4 FRB sweep. 

After the race and 4 mile cooldown, we went for the $3 breakfast but they told us it was free- yes!  Pancakes, hash browns, eggs, yummy ham, and real OJ.  Then the raffle- everyone won something except Paul- poor guy!

I was very happy with the race today.  It's a big improvement over last year and is a good indication that my fitness is where I hoped it was.  Paul estimates the course is about 30 seconds slower than a flat SLC 10k (between the headwind and hill), so Sasha's predictor gives me a 32:52 Des News 10k and a 2:31:07 at St. George- just about right where I hope to be.  Nice course, good time, running with friends, free breakfast, raffle win- great way to start a Saturday!  Also, my 5k splits were 17:41 and 16:56, the latter of which is only 3 seconds off my old 5k PR.  Maybe I should try to officially break that soon.

768- 120, Tangent 2- 40

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From Cody on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 12:34:28

Congrats on another Win! You got a good shot at the win next week too. Keep the winning streak alive....

From James on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 12:42:16

Good race and win! That is funny that you guys all headed over there for that race. Where was Chris Brower?

From Adam RW on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 12:44:58

Great win. I wish all Saturdays could start that way.

From Jon on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 12:46:18

No Chris this time, James- don't know where he was. Hey, it is a good, cheap race, so I figure why not do it?

Win streak- wow, I didn't realize that, Cody. Though I'm doubting I will win next week- always a competitive race, plus it is on the La Sportiva Cup series so there should be some pro's there.

From James on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 12:51:52

No, I like it last year, but I didn't think you did.

From JimF on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 13:28:29

Great race and congratulations on the win! You are definitely running very strong and I am sure more good races will be ahead.

From Tom on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 13:57:26

Nice job on the race. It's always cool to win!

From Paul Petersen on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 15:21:22

Great job. You look really fit from behind.

From Adam RW on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 15:23:58

Paul, That's funny. I've always thought Jon has a fit behind as well!

From Jon on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 15:46:28

Hey, only my wife is allowed to talk like that!

From dave holt on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 17:27:23

Good job Jon.

From Chad on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 18:50:17

Nice win, Jon. Quite a summer of racing you've put together. Keep up the good work. It was nice of them to make the breakfast free, though I believe Cody still owes you.

From josse on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 18:57:38

Great job on the win!! I don't know guys, he looks pretty scrawny from behind in that picture up there;)

From jtshad on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 22:50:46

Smokin'! Great job against some tough competition...oh, and Walter, too! :)

Keep up the strong running.

From Jon on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 23:19:17

That's right, Cody does still owe me- thanks, Chad.

Thanks, everyone. Hope to see all of you at upcoming races.

From Superfly on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 12:18:20

Good job Jon. It's fun to see all you guys getting faster. STG will be fun for you.

From Jon on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 12:25:23

Clyde, aren't you doing STG, too?

From Superfly on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 16:37:21

Yes I'm doing it. But you should do great so it will be fun for you and hopefully me too and everyone else that is running it.

From Walter on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 00:13:54

Great win Jon! Im glad there wasnt any apple trees on the way! Next time you pass me I will look for the apple trees! You're going to run with a bike helmet! lol That was an honest good race. Ill plan on it again next year.

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