I'm retired from racing. Really.

November 25, 2020

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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:


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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Left foot has been acting up with a touch of pf so I skipped the run today and did an hour of xt.

Realized something today. I have a coworker who is also a professional nature photographer- in the past few years, he spent a week by himself taking pictures in Norway, another week in Iceland, plus LOTS of days camping outside taking pics. When I look at my vacation from the past 4 years, almost all my days out of the office are either me working from home when my wife is out of town or travelling with or to extended families (2 trips out west, trips with families on east coast, etc). The ONLY time my immediate family (me, wife, 5 kids) have travelled by ourselves is a one day trip to Great Wolf Lodge last year.

My time off is already booked for this year- another week home while Marci is at girls' camp, 1.5 weeks with Marci's family in upstate NY, 1 week with family coming Sept/Oct, plus a few days in July when my sister comes with her family. 

I really need a vacation. Maybe I'll quit my job and go hike the Appalachian Trail by myself. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy seeing family, but for that to be my ONLY time off for 4 years...

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From steve ash on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 14:20:49 from

Hang in there Jon:)

From jtshad on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 15:09:10 from

Yes, hang in there, the issues at work can make life looked bleaker than it is. You "vacations" don't sound bad (time with family is always good), but not sexy compared to his. But you lead different lives so it is an apples to oranges comparison.

Taking time for you (and you and Marci) is important though and finding something to recharge with all the stresses is necessary.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 20:45:22 from

When you move away from family you basically consign yourself to visiting family on vacation. Over the past 18 years, almost all of my time off has been spent visiting my family or Ann's family.

We'll go to Hawaii and Europe when we retire. I hope.

From Jon on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 21:22:15 from

Jeff, good points. Tomorrow is our 15th anniversary... and I'm not sure we'll even see each other...

Rob, that is an excellent point moving away from family. We made the decision to only visit out west once every 3 years (partly cost related) but somehow family trips pop up often. Extended family time is nice, but it was just strange to see how few vacations my immediate family has gone on.

We are coming with you to Europe and Hawaii!

I guess a bit of this also stems from seeing people with different situations (i.e. 2 incomes, no kids, etc) and their travel abilities vs mine. That's my issue, not theirs.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 06:44:39 from

The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to millennials. They seem to have unlimited time off and unlimited funds for travel.

And stay off Instagram! Other people's perfect, adventure-filled lives will only make you feel worse.

From Jon on Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 07:15:51 from

"Comparison is the thief of joy."

-Theodore Roosevelt

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