I'm retired from racing. Really.

Bear Lake 10 or 12 k

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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). Play ultimate frisbee.

4 year coach of Langston Middle School- love it

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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Miles:This week: 13.00 Month: 46.00 Year: 320.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 297.00
Road M3 Grey And Yellow Lifetime Miles: 324.00
Road N2 Purple 2 Lifetime Miles: 222.50
Road N2 4 Grey Lifetime Miles: 74.00
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5 miles early this morning.  It was rather chilly out.

PM- 11 miles with the jogging stroller.  Windy and warm- almost 80 deg.  Aiming for 75+ miles this week but I really don't know how many I will get each day since daughter #2 should be arriving any day now- she is due June 11.

Adrenaline- 371

768- 28

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AM- 5.5 easy miles.  Much warmer than yesterday.

PM- 6 easy miles in 43:13 (7:12 pace).

768- 34

Adrenaline- 376

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Woke up at 4 am for my morning run only to find my wife in the bath, trying to make the pains of her contractions go away.  Sure enough, I bagged the run and work and we headed to the hospital.  At 1:48 PM, Aspen Marie Allen entered the world.  Mom and baby are great. 

Finally snuck in a run at 8 pm- did 10 miles to the canal.  Out at 7 min pace, back at 6:30 pace.  Last mile was 6:20.  Back to the hospital now.

767- 265

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Forgot this story yesterday- I tried to convince Marci Tuesday night to go beat the Fast Running Mommy's "100 m dash while 40 weeks pregnant and partly dialated" record but she was not at all interested.  So the record is safe... for now.

AM- Left the hospital and drove straight to Green Canyon.  Attention all Logan FRB trail runners (i.e. me)- NEW GREEN CANYON TRAIL!!!  NEW GREEN CANYON TRAIL!!!  Courtesy of the National Forest Service and National Trails Day, we now have new trail in Green Canyon for the 2nd year in a row!  This one isn't awesome singletrack like last years, but I won't complain.  New trail runs on the north side of the road from the end of Bonneville Shoreline trail up to the main parking lot.

Ran 10.5 miles on Green Canyon.  It was a bit cold but perfect trail running conditions.  The upper singletrack was very muddy, puddly, slick, and sloppy- in other words, perfect trail running conditions.  I got up higher and entered the frost zone- the plants were frosty and the mud and puddles were frozen- in other words, perfect trail running conditions.  Then I got up even higher and hit the snow zone from this week- snow everywhere!  In other words, perfect trail running conditions.  The best part was I didn't see a single human being on my whole run!  Run was quick but not pushed- 10 miles in 1:17:25, pretty good for a trail.

PM- 8 easy miles on the Logan Canyon river trail. 

806- 444, Ascend 290

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6.5 easy miles on a canal trail near the hospital.  Easy day today, so no second run. 

I saw something very pretty on the run- there were dandelions that had their seeds all ready to blow in the wind.  But it frosted last night, so they each had a small amount of very white frost frozen on them.  They looked like very beautiful, brilliantly-white, fluffy balls of snow.

Ascend- 297

Baby Details: Aspen Marie Allen was born at 1:48 pm on June 11, 7 lb 2.5 oz (the EXACT same as her sister), 20 in.  Mom and baby are both home from the hospital and happily napping.  And I am very proud to report that, unlike her sister, Aspen has an Allen nose.  Though hopefully she gets the rest of her looks from her mom!

Go to http://jonandmarci.blogspot.com/ for some pictures...

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Race: Bear Lake 10 or 12 k (7.15 Miles) 00:41:14, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
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Cody, you owe me breakfast.

Chad invited me to celebrate his birthday with him by running the 1st annual Bear Lake 10k.  It was a nice course- out and back with a small loop.  Less than 200 runners, so not huge, though there were 200 more doing the marathon and 200 on the half marathon (both started out around the lake).  Course was almost flat with a few gentle inclines and a slight head wind the second half.

We started off at an ok pace- 5:36 on Chad's Garmin.  Jake Rushton slowly pulled ahead, Chad was just behind him, and I was a second or so back.  The turn around was ~2.5 miles (no real mile markers), and I counted that Jake had the lead by ~6 sec over Chad, and I was 6 seconds back from Chad.  Headwind on this portion, though I timed one mile at 5:44.  Chad extended his lead to ~10 seconds by mile 4 when I decided to make a move to catch him.  I closed the gap in about half a mile, then hoped to just hang with Chad.  Actually ended up pulling away from him and started closing on Jake.  We began to have doubts about the course when we started the 1.5 mile loop at about mile 5.5.  I think I averaged ~5:40-5:45 min/mile for the midpart of the course and passed the "one mile to go" sign at 35:26.  Last mile based on their markers was 5:47, though I know I slowed down a fair amount and used up my whole kick trying to keep my pace for the extra mile.  Finished 2nd overall, about 30 seconds behind Jake and 30 seconds ahead of Chad.  I figure on a legitimate course with a good ending I could have pulled 34:30-35:00 or so, maybe a bit faster.  The whole race felt fast but not uncomfortable- I probably should have gone a bit faster miles 3-6 and tried to catch Jake.  I have trouble "racing" anything shorter than about 10 miles- I just can't get started fast enough and it ends up feeling like a decent tempo run.

Definitely a first time race- 1 mile long, no water on the course (they were starting to set up an aid station at mile 4).  But I'm sure it will grow into a nice race.  Beautiful area, nice course.

Chad and I ran the course till we saw Walter go by on his way to the win for the 1/2 marathon (which had started 30 minutes late).  The marathon must have started at least an hour late, because Nick McCombs still had not finished by the time I left.  Just over 8 miles warm up and cool down.

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