I'm retired from racing. Really.

Milliken Earth Day Run 5k

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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:


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: 18.00 Month: 54.00 Year: 1293.50
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 459.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 351.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 152.50
Race: Milliken Earth Day Run 5k (3.11 Miles) 00:16:30, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Won a race (my third this month), set a road/off-road 5k PR, and had an overall great time at the Milliken Earth Day run.  And wore a leprechaun hat the whole time- really.  Good times.  Who says you have to do speedwork to set a 5k PR- I think you should just train for a 100 miler!  Race report here.  Even broke out my oldest shoes for the first time in 5 years- go NB 800's (the precursor to the NB 101's).  Must be lucky.

NB 800 Miles: 5.00NB 860 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
From Jake K on Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:03:14 from

Great job Jon!

I agree with your thoughts - all the speedwork in the world isn't going to get you very far unless you are stacking it ON TOP of a huge aerobic base. Your ability to PR @ 5K is a testament to that philosophy.

Looking forward to seeing how you run at Umstead. Seems like training has gone really well this year, and you're ready for a great race.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:06:08 from

Maybe Lagat or Rupp will read this post and see the light.

From Jake K on Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:07:21 from

I really hope Lagat and Rupp and reading fast running blog

From Lybi on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 01:09:42 from

Wait...you ran a PR wearing a leprechaun hat?!? Love it. Hope they gave you a pot of gold!

From Jon on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 12:46:45 from

Thanks, everyone.

Lybi- yes, I literally wore the leprechaun hat the whole race. Plus warm up, cool down, and awards ceremony.

From Jake K on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 12:59:42 from

You thinking of jumping in a half-marathon now that you're in 5K PR shape? :-)

From Jon on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 13:15:30 from

No, not with Umstead. That's my focus race. But, I'm considering a half in October here in SC and was just trying to guesstimate a good goal (long ways off, I know). In general, the running scene here isn't as deep, with the local marathon winning time ~2:40 and the half ~1:15.

From jtshad on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 13:36:07 from

Congrats on the PR and the win!

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 14:10:13 from

I think you would dominate the Paris Mountain Road Race in December. 20k.

From Jon on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 16:01:52 from

We won't find out this year, Rob. It's the same day as another race you might have heard of in San Francisco.

From SlowJoe on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 20:21:50 from

I like seeing your success in a 5k without speedwork. Another excuse to never go to the track. Congrats, great run and win.

From Little Bad Legs on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 21:29:05 from

Impressive streak of running this month. Your range of abilities is impressive to say the least!

From Superfly on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 16:15:56 from

Jon your ability continues to impress. That's a solid 5k for a 100 mile guy. BTW I ran with an ultra guy by the name of Jon Olsen who just ran a 13:14:00 100 miler. Something like the 7 fastest 100 by an American ever. Do you know him. He's also got your range. I only beat him by 15 seconds in the marathon. Maybe there's something to all this Ultra training?

From Jon on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 18:33:47 from

Clyde- I know of Jon Olsen- heard about his fast 100. Impressive. Congrats on your win, by the way.

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