I'm retired from racing. Really.

March 17, 2018

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Member Since:

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: 0.00 Year: 249.50
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: 343.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 395.10
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 458.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 86.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Lunch- 7. Tired, didn't even try to join some of the others for a workout.

PM- Supposed to run in the mtns but everyone bailed and I wasn't feeling great, so I just ran on the trails behind my work. Did one 6 mile loop, then was headed out again. At the 7 mile mark, I stumbled onto 4 turkeys. 3 ran away, but the male puffed up and strutted. I backed off, but he charged me. I hurdled a fence and ran down the trail, with the turkey in hot pursuit. For 3 full minutes- seriously. He chased me for half a mile. I snagged a 4 foot branch along the way, and had to take a few swings to keep him off me. Finally, he stopped his pursuit.

At that point, I decided to circle way around through the trees and thick, thorny undergrowth back to my trail. After about 4 minutes of carefully picking my way... "gobble gobble!" Thomas the Ticked-off Turkey, the Spawn of Satan himself, was just meters away and in full pursuit. I had no choice but to run full speed the other way, using my arms to shield my face from the thorns as best I could. I somehow stumbled into a herd of deer who scattered, but the turkey followed for another 200 yards. He finally left me alone. I found a .75 mile section of trail to run back and forth on the rest of the run, with my heartrate finally slowing after several miles.

Post-run, I can count at least two dozen scratches on my legs and my shirt is snagged and torn in at least 10 places. 

In related news, turkeys have now moved above mosquitoes and canadian geese on my "least-favorite animals" list. I've had a few run ins with this turkey, but this was by far the worst. I hate turkeys. Just wait till Thanksgiving.

Finished with 12 miles. And yes, I'm counting some of it as speedwork.

Fuel 2 (road) Miles: 7.00Trail M2 2 Black Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 21:47:44 from

Seriously? I thought for sure this story was going to end with you opening a can of whup a** on that turkey and trudging home with the carcass draped over your shoulder so you could drop it on the kitchen counter for your wife to cook for dinner.

From Jake K on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 21:51:23 from

Gobble gobble

From Cody on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 22:17:46 from


From Cody on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 22:18:12 from

At least you finally changed your blog title!!!

From Jason D on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 23:05:15 from

I thought Canadian geese were mildly testy, but I would take my chances with those beaks rather than a turkey spurring me. Turkeys are good runners, but their forward lean is a bit extreme. I find that wild turkey isn't quite as tasty as your standard Thanksgiving bird.

Careful out there. I've heard stories of them messing up cars trying to fight their own reflections!

From allie on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:50:16 from

haaa! great story.

From Burt on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:25:39 from

Rob is right. You would have never survived as a caveman.

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