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Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007



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I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

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!

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Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 18.50 Month: 74.50 Year: 74.50
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Road M3 Grey And Yellow Lifetime Miles: 219.00
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5 days...

8 medium-easy miles.  Ran to planet walk and arrived exactly the same time as Cody (not planned).  Ran to the end, then to his house.  Ran back to planet walk, to the end, then ran into Paul about halfway back (also not planned).  He ran the rest of the way home with me.  Nice to run into 2 guys on one run without planning it.  That is what happens when we all have the same easy run that is almost exactly 4 miles for all of us (Paul, is it 4.25 for you?).

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4 days...

Last real workout of any sort.  8 miles- ran from my house to just past TOU mile 21, then turned around and ran the last 6.2 miles of the marathon.  Wanted the last 2 to be marathon pace.  First 4 miles were 6:40-7:00 pace.  Picked up the pace at the mile 24 marker.  First mile was 6:00 (dead on!  No GPS needed here when I have my Jon internal calibration!), second mile was 6:05 (got stopped at 2 stoplights, messing up my pace).  Crossed the TOU finish line, envisioning the next time I would do it.  Ran 2 miles home.  54:32 for 8 miles.

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3 days...

6 easy miles, twice along planet walk.  Saw something I had never seen before- a train on the tracks by the end of planet walk, heading towards the golf course.  First time I've seen a train there in my 5 years in Logan.  Have any of you other Logan guys ever seen the train there?

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2 days.  The pressure is building, especially given that there will be a Jon pacing club.  This may be a fastrunningblog first...

5 easy miles, no time, planet walk with the jogging stroller.  Ran into Paul, ran with him for a bit. 

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1 day!!!

4 easy miles with the wife and kid on planet walk, including 4 short striders.  Now I am just eating, drinking, and resting for tomorrow.

I guess my pace group even made it in the Logan newspaper today- we're famous!

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Race: Top of Utah Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:39:21, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 1
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Finally, the big day arrived.  Didn't sleep too well so got up before my alarm at 4 am.  1 mile warm up to loosen my innards at 4 am.  Ate breakfast, then went to the finish and rode up to the start.  Great weather- probably 40 deg or so at the start.  1 more mile warm up, then met all the blog guys (Paul, Logan, Adam, Steve Ashbaker, Sasha, Cody, Kory, BC, plus others).  I had 3 goals of increasing difficulty (sub-2:45, sub-2:40, sub-2:37:12). 

Logan and Paul had generously volunteered to be the pacers for me and anyone else trying for sub-2:40, though we were aiming at sub-6:00 pace, with 5:50-6:00 for the first half (then see what happened from there).  Here is how it went:






 Nice and relaxed- Paul and Logan jumped out in front to lead the pace group and had to slow us down a bit to stay under 5:50



 A bit too relaxed- pace group was Paul, Logan, Steve, Adam, Bill, me, with 7 people ahead of us



 Paul stopped to take a leak, so we picked up the pace to try and lose him (just kidding)



 Paul caught up (easily)



 The leaves were chaning more than I thought they would be- very pretty.  Lots of red and yellow, some orange.



 Paul stopped for leak #2.  Something is wrong when Paul had taken 2 bathroom breaks and I haven't taken any.  Bill drops off.









 Not quite as relaxed- starting to feel the pace more.  10 miles in 59:12, right where I wanted to be, but working hard.



 Awesome scene- sun came up behind us creating a picturesque shadow of 5 runners from behind, 3 in front with 2 heads in between.  Pretty.



 Picking up a tail wind out of the canyon.  Now Logan stopped for a leak.  Did the pacers have a drinking party this morning?



 Logan caught up (easily).  The group has passed 3 runners, with the other 4 far ahead.  We relax for the the next few miles.  Half marathon time of 1:17:14 (or so)- right on pace.



 First crowds.



 I dropped behind a few seconds, definitely feeling the pace.  Steve and Adam slowly pull away, Logan and Paul drop back to my pace.  My innards wanted a pit stop, but I decided to run through it.



 First 6:00 mile



 Leaving Hollow road.



 My least favorite mile of the marathon- running on a busy highway, flat and straight.  Quite the contrast to the beauty and tranquility of the canyon.  Slowing a bit- legs tired.



 Uphill in Millville.  Just hung on behind Logan and Paul.  Not feeling too good, but surprised to see a 6:18 mile.  It felt like a 6:30 mile.  Ran a great tangent across some dirt to close 10 feet on the pacers.



 Felt more like 7:00, so that was good.  20 miles in 1:59:12, but pace was hard now.



 Tried to pick it up to sub-6:00 on the downhill, but didn't have it left in me.  Laboring very hard.  Realized 6:00-pace was gone when Logan and Paul kept looking at the pace on their garmin's every 10 seconds and whispering amongst themselves. 



 Ran by my house to cheering crowds (my wife and kid, plus some of Cody's family).  For some reason my stride changed at this point- my turnover rate dropped off and I just could not get it going fasterer.  Never happened before.  No particular leg pains, just fatigue everywhere.  Compensated by taking longer strides.



 Long strides continued.  We closed the 10 second gap on Adam and passed him- hoped he would stick with us, but he didn't.  Doing everything I can to stick with Paul and Logan.  I was now running about 5 meters behind them, rather than right on their heels.  I think it was their way of trying to get me to go faster.



 Really feeling the miles.  Nice bit of a downhill from River Heights.  Tempted to "take a wrong turn" towards the finish line (cut off 2 miles) but couldn't shortchange my effort or my pacers.  Stride length increases even more.  Paul tells me I look good, a bad sign. 



 Crawled up the main street hill.  Know I can finish the race.  Little bit of brainpower available tells me 2:40 is doable.



 Stride length is now about 10 meters per step (or so it felt).  Crowd stares in wonderment, trying to figure out why in the world the very relaxed Paul and Logan aren't able to pull away from the guy who is very obviously struggling behind them.  Nice downhill.



 Finish line is in sight.  Motorcycle cop pulls up to escort us in- Logan tells him that he and Paul are going to let me go ahead of them.  After a quick glance at me, cop asks Logan, "Do I need to push him in?"  Cop takes nap while waiting for me to cover the last 0.2 miles. Crowd stares in wonderment, trying to figure out why in the world the very relaxed Paul and Logan aren't able to pull away from the guy who is very obviously struggling behind them.  I finally, happily finish.  Paul sneakes in right behind me, beating Logan by 0.04 seconds.  Group hugs all around.  Second 1/2 marathon of 1:22:07- 5 minute positive split.

 Overall, I was very, very happy with the race.  I set a PR by almost 6 minutes (on a slower course) and broke my 2:40 goal.  I could not have run faster, plus I leave my 6:00 pace goal for another day.  The stride issue was strange, but nothing feels particularly bad on my legs now, just fatigue.  A post-race massage and dip in a cold canal help my legs feel a lot better.

Most of all, though, I cannot say enough good things about Logan and Paul.  They pushed, pulled, shouted at, and encouraged me the whole way.  It would have been ugly if they weren't there.  By the end they were even getting water for me at the aid stations so I wouldn't have to slow down.  They performed the ultimate unselfish running act today, pacing a slower runner the whole way, even slowing down at the end to let me finish first (though I may have resorted to holding on to singlets and out sprinting them if they tried pulling away the last 100 meters).  I wish them the best of luck at St.George- go get em, guys.  And thanks so much for the help today. 

Bloggers ran great today- Sasha took 4th, Steve and Bill won their age groups, Adam, Kory, and Cody set PR's, and we swept the 25-29 age group (me, Paul, Logan, Adam, Cody).  The biggest story was Hobie Call- 2:16 marathon winning time!  Wow.  Congrats to all

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