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Striders WRC 1/2 marathon

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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: 9.00 Month: 89.00 Year: 1251.00
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: 208.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 225.50
Race: Striders WRC 1/2 marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:21:39, Place overall: 10, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Striders 1/2 marathon. Cold and snowy at the start, occasional blustery wind thru mile 9, then the mother of all headwinds to the finish. I had been fighting a cold all week and had a bummer of a Tuesday workout, but felt I could do ok.  Splits were 5:39, 5:52, 5:56, 5:58, 5:56, 6:05, 6:05, 6:17, 6:27, 6:20, 6:50, 6:47, 6:44, .1 in :38.

The first mile was a bit quick but felt ok.  I ran with Jeff MacArthur thru mile 5, then he made a huge move, had a great race, and caught 2 people, beating my by 2.5 minutes.  I ran alone the rest of the way, with the closest guys 2 min ahead and 1 min behind.  I did ok till about mile 8 then started tiring.  The huge, strong, steady headwind from mile 9 to the finish absolutely sapped any remaining strength, making it a slow, slow slog to the finish.  I think the wind in the last 4 miles was stronger than last year's, which is amazing- it was so strong it was literally knocking my upwind leg into my other leg mid-stride... never had that happen before.  The sad part is my time this year is 45 seconds slower than last year, even though we had a headwind the entire race last year and I had practically been on my deathbed the week before with an illness (although I did have someone to work with last year to conquer the wind).  Pretty lousy race- the highlight was food and hot cocoa at the finish, followed by about 45 minutes warming up in Paul's car- we were shivering popsicles at the finish.

I just have to believe that if I keep putting in the miles and working hard, eventually things will improve.  Oh yeah, and quit getting sick, which has happened about 2-3 times/month since December.  Not kidding.  It's getting really old by now.

Lots of good food at the finish, and ran 3 miles cooldown with Paul and Cody.  10 min pace.  To add some adventure, the parking lot was a muddy field, so we helped push 3 or 4 cars out before heading home.  So of course we were covered in mud and spread it to Paul's car.  Sorry. 

I have been getting headaches this week and started getting one after the race.  During the drive home, it became incredibly, incredibly painful- by far the most excruciating headache of my life.  By the time we got home, I could hardly stand or open my eyes, and almost threw up.  Excruciating pain.  But I felt better a few hours later after drugs and a nap.  I truly empathize for anyone who gets regular migraines- I can't imagine what it would be like to experience that every day.

For the record, the weather at Striders 1/2 stinks- strong headwind 2 out of 2 years.

Tangent 2 Miles: 17.00
Weight: 0.00
From paul on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 18:40:48 from

Glad you are feeling better.

That sure was one tough cooldown, definitely the slowest I've ever done.

From redrooster on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 18:53:11 from

I would have loved to have been there to commiserate with you. next year! hey- you won your age group, so did Cody, enjoy life and keep things in perspective. As your kids get older you will stop getting sick as much, you are just revisiting childhood illnesses you lost immunity to, and they hit you alot harder when you are older than when you are younger, especially with your work and exercise load. Like I said before, first kid between 1-3 is when you get the sickest. Next winter you will be illness free. Trust me! Now take a couple days off from running and eat some bagels.

From James on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 19:00:22 from

You would think you were the school teacher with how often you are sick!

I noticed that I am no longer on your favorite blog list, so those headaches serve you right!

I hope you get feeling better. Hey, I am up to running three times a week so you guys better watch out!:)

From Jon on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 19:13:47 from

Yeah, I decided my list was too long, so I took quite a few names off it- it now is pretty much people who live nearby. It serves you right for not commenting on my blog for like 6 months!

Are you doing any races soon?

From Twinkies on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 21:23:47 from

Good race today. I hope you get feeling better. Warmer weather should help.

From superfly on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 23:44:38 from

Sounds like a mutha. As you said on my blog a week ago about the STG marathon "I won't set foot on that course again". Well I think I'm the same about that Striders race...

Anyways good job in crap-o-la conditions.

From wheakory on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 01:09:42 from

Get some rest Jon. Getting better is more important than what you got out of today's race. You haven't had much training so whatever you got out of this race find what was positive.

I hope you feel better. Your a great runner and it will show.

From jtshad on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 09:31:09 from

Hope the headache calms down.

Way to run hard in tough conditions.

From Adam RW on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 11:43:42 from

Sounds like a migraine. Sorry about that. Just keep hanging in there. You're racing and though it isn't what you would like you are pushing through some hard stuff right now and it will make you that much better come summer and fall.

From jimf on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 15:54:11 from

Good job hanging in there in very tough race conditions. Hope you get to feeling better. Once you get rid of the sickness cycle your training will fall into place and I'm sure we will see the same kind of results that you put up last year!

From cody on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:19:18 from

Just wait until those trail races come around...you will be on top before long. Have fun in the 30K and enjoy your last road race of the year...

From Burt on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 01:10:26 from

Good job on the race. Good thing someone else was driving for the trip home.

From Jon on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 09:15:55 from

Thanks for the support, everyone. Burt, if I was driving I would have been forced to pull over. Hopefully these things go away.

From Dave S on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 15:00:45 from

Nice run in some tough conditions. Like Cody said You'll be kicken some butt when those trail races come. Hope your through the worst on that whole getting sick thing.

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