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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!

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Race: Striders 10 mile (10 Miles) 00:59:53, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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I love hills!

Striders 10 mile today.  I warmed up 1 mile at 5:30 am, then picked up Cody and drove to Ogden.  We were worried during the drive- it was snowing very hard and windy.  We were only going 50 mph on the freeway, and sometimes slower.  Then we hit Ogden and the snow stopped- much better.  Temp was just below freezing (based on a lot of ice on the course), warm enough for my green shorts (though I would regret it).  Warmed up just over 2 more miles with Cody.

At the start, I was surprised to see Adam RW there- didn't know he was coming.  Walter, Chad, Ben, and Tim were also there- the usual suspects.  There was also a rumor of some unknown college guy.  The course if very challenging- 1.5 miles down, 3 miles rolling hills, then a 2.5 mile killer uphill.  Killer up.  Then 3 more miles mainly down, but with a small uphill at mile 9.  At the start, the college guy (wearing pink) took off with Adam and Walter not far behind him, but none of them are in the series.  Chad, Ben, Cody and myself had learned not to go out too fast at the 10k, so we bunched up and ran a lot slower than the 10k for the first 4 miles.  Here is a mile by mile breakdown:

Mile 1- 5:57- Running pretty easy with Chad, Ben, Cody- Pinky, Adam and Walter really pulled away fast.

Mile 2- 5:32- nice downhill

Mile 3- 5:48- rolling downhill.  We pass 3 miles a full 45 seconds slower than the 10k, but are ok with it because we all know the race doesn't start till after mile 4.

Mile 4- 6:00- rolling uphill- Chad and I get a few steps on the other 2.  I timed Adam and Walter and found they were 35 and 30 seconds ahead of us, respectively.  Huge gap.  Pinky was even further, at least a minute ahead.  Never saw him again.

Mile 5- 6:37- Tailed Chad up the hill.  Feeling very relaxed.  Weird to think we only had 1.2 miles to go last race at this point.  Working hard, but not stressed- just concentrating on even breathing.  Avg pace at this point was 5:59/mile.

Mile 6- 6:31- I pass Chad somewhere going up this hill.  I expected him to stick with me, but he falls off a few feet.  I can hear him breathing, though.

Mile 7- 6:56- Last bit of the hill, with some killer steep spots and some very ice spots- I was happy to be sub-7:00.  I had gradually watched Walter and Adam fall back- I passed Walter at the end of this mile and caught up to Adam (they were only a few second apart).  For some reason, Adam got thrown in a loop seeing me, thinking Walter was catching him.  I tailed him for a minute.

Mile 8- 5:02- I had to look at my watch 4 times on this split.  Downhill the whole mile, but not a real steep downhill.  Gradual.  I was absolutely shocked how fast it was.  I had passed Adam but only put about 5-10 seconds on him.  It felt good to be doing 5 min miles at the end of a race rather than dying- this is probably my fastest mile in years.

Mile 9- 5:32- still downhill.  Adam's footsteps gradually faded.  I was heating up, and my head felt heavy for some reason.  I started debating if dropping my beanie and gloves would shave off any time.  53:59 cumulative time- was sub-60 min possible?

Mile 10- 5:53- This mile starts with one last nasty, yet short, uphill.  It hit me hard.  Easily twice as difficult as the whole 2.5 mile uphill.  Mean booger.  I dropped my hat and gloves.  I glanced back a few times to see where Adam was.  Reached the top of the hill, then downhill.  At this point, however, a minivan turned right into me.  Really ticked me off- I actually had to jump on the curb to miss being hit.  She never even saw me.  I touched the stinking thing.  Anyways, I finished with a strong kick (had to slow down for an ice patch) and broke 1 hour.  Very happy.  Great race.

Adam came in ~15 second behind me, then Walter and Chad and Cody and Ben.  2-6 places for FRB.  Nice run by all on a very difficult course.  Good job, guys.

I am very, very happy with my run.  I felt great, I love downhills and don't fear uphills, so this course is as perfect as it gets for me.  Felt good on the uphill and still had some legs for the downhill at the end.  I am glad the pack didn't go out too fast, which ended up working perfectly strategy-wise.  I don't think I could have run a better race- just a good day.  Somedays things just work out well, and today was one.  Probably one of the best 5 races of my career.

4 mile cool down with Chad, Cody, and Adam.  I wanted 65 miles this week but then missed Monday.  Still came close.

Tangent- 148

Post-shower note- I'm too worked up to sleep, so I started wondering how this compared to last year's race with a deeper field.  My time would have put me in 8th (5th in the series), which is great.  Paul was untouchable, of course, but I would have been only 50 seconds behind Sasha.  But their course was short- if you trust the GPS's and convert the time, I would have been 0.7 seconds behind!  I never thought I would be that close.  Interestingly, the group last year appears to have gone out very fast and suffered a bit- my miles 6-8 were 45 seconds faster than Sasha's!  To be fair, he was sick last year and not 100%, but this still gets me excited for the upcoming races this year!  We have a good group and it will be very competitive for the rest of this series.

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From Walter on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 12:58:18

Nice running slick! You looked like Logan on those last 3 miles! Very nicely done!

From wheakory on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 13:40:39

Nice work Jon... You flow up those hills with an awesome time. Congratulations on second overall it must have been fun.

From Cody on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 13:41:00

Sweet Race!

From Superfly on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 14:41:52

Great race Jon! Very impressive. Your ready to open up on all of us. I'll plan on drafting off of you at the Strides Half... if I can even keep up. Way to go and keep looking for some big PR's

From James on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 14:58:34

Great race! I told Adam to go give you a good race since I couldn't be there to do it myself. Who won it?

From Jon on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 15:24:14

James- a guy named Matt Dewald (from SD?) won it by almost 2 minutes. Crazy fast. And yes, Adam said he couldn't show his head around you again- he said part of the reason he came was cause you told him to come beat all of us.

Clyde- we already discussed how Chad, Cody, and myself definitely won't be top 5 next race- you and Logan and company are going to smoke everyone! But at least you aren't in the series ;)

From James on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 15:33:30

Don't you just hate when people just show up all of the sudden from out of state and spoil your potential win!

Adam probably ran awesome, you just ran better. I told Adam that it was a race that I really wanted to run with you guys but I wouldn't be able to because of health and track. Adam smoked me in the SLC track club 10k, so I figured he would give you guys a good run and might even surprise you guys by how good of shape he is in. I think you just have Adam and Walter's number in races! Good job again and no pressure but you should be ahead in the series now, right!

From Superfly on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 15:57:51

Jon don't count yourself out. To be honest I'm scared for the striders half. I don't do well with cold weather and it's bound to be up there. Your progress is amazing and I'd beat $$$ on you going sub 2:25 or so at STGM this year.

From Chad on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 16:17:34

Jon--great race, man. I feel like I saw what your potential is today, and I'm impressed. I look forward to continuing the series, it's been a lot of fun.

From dave holt on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:26:38

Jon great run!

From Paul Petersen on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:38:52

Nice job! You are already getting dividends for running through the winter. Just wait until summer!

From Dale on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:54:01

Wow, sweet race. I love it when everything comes together, you run one of your best races AND feel good doing it! You just completely popped my bubble as I was pumped from running my 15K in under 60 minutes but I guess it was worth it!

Guess I need to try the old pink or green shorts trick...

From Adam RW on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:26:54

Jon thanks for taking me to task today. I really look forward to giving you a bigger challenge in the future. Solid race today you looked strong. I can't imagine what you will accomplish once you have the additional mileage in your legs we talked about. Good Luck in the half! I hope you make your goal of the win. Someone has to put Logan in his place :)

From josse t on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 22:55:18

Wow!! Great job you rock. Under an hour on such a hard course, in cold conditions, and being cut off at the end of the race that's impressive.

From David on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 00:31:41

Nice run buddy. I read Cody's post first, had no idea you did so well.

From jtshad on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 20:23:07

Nice race my friend. You are sounding like a runner to be reckoned with this spring!

From Jeff(LAD) on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 22:42:16

Great run Tom. Gotta love sub 6s average for a 10 miler.

From Adam RW on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 07:43:37

Out of OCD I looked up Pinky. He ran a 2:23 at St. Jude in Dec. FYI...

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