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St. George,Ut,USA

Member Since:

May 21, 2007



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

15:28 5K, 31:25 10K, 1:07:11 Half-Marathon, 2:21:45 Marathon, 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials - DNF = bummer!, 50k - 3:59:03, 50 mile - 7:56:00

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 1:10 half by the summer.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy running and fight off heart disease or diabetes that has been passed on for many generations. Try and break the cycle.


I am currently 36 years old and married to my beautiful wife, Katey. We have a 8 year old girl, Norah, a 6 year old boy, Oliver, and a 2 year old girl, Myla, who are wonderful. I am a Learning Coach and Student Council Advisor at Desert Hills High in St. George, Utah. I also coach the cross country and track teams at Desert Hills High.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 1403.95
Saucony Type A (2) Lifetime Miles: 63.00
Hoka Bondi Red Lifetime Miles: 67.50
Brooks GT-2000 Trail Lifetime Miles: 179.25
Hoka Cavu Lifetime Miles: 144.25
Adidas Boston Lifetime Miles: 129.35
Hoka Rincon Lifetime Miles: 221.60
Brooks Launch Gray Lifetime Miles: 159.15
Total Distance
Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Miles: 29.90Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Miles: 12.75Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 6.50Brooks PureGryt Miles: 42.50
Total Distance

6.75 miles in the morning.

Ran with the big boys at practice today. We looped around Webb Hill. Solid group with a solid pace.

6.25 miles in the evening.

Had a huge paper to do for graduate school so I was busy all day and did not get out until about 8:30pm for my run. Ran around Ivins a little bit. It felt good since the sun was down but it was still quite hot.

Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Miles: 6.25Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Miles: 6.75
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7.05 miles before practice this morning. Ran from the high school and looped on the DC trail over by the Man of War Bridge. It is always nice running along the trail in the morning. Nice and cool. 

6.50 miles at practice. We ran down to Webb Hill and then had our first day of Meat Grinders. I did 8x1:00min. repeats with the top boys. I ran a couple with some of the girls as well. Solid workout for them. 6x100m barefoot strides on the turf after wards. Big day for the team.

3.60 shakeout miles in Huntsville near Snowbasin. Up here for the 4th of the July. Ran with Katey for a mile and then kept going. I had a huge deer jump out in front of me and cross the road. It was dark so I was scared to say the least. Survived to tell about it though.

Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 6.50Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Miles: 11.65
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6 miles early this morning running around Huntsville. Love running up here. You cannot beat the smell of the trees and hay.

Ran the 1 mile race at Huntsville Park with Norah and family. It turned out to be more a walk but it still was fun.

5 more miles after running to come back in with my sister who did the 10k. She did great and it was fun to see a lot of old faces from when I lived up here.

Happy 4th of July everyone. We truly are lucky to have the freedoms we do. God Bless America.

Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Miles: 12.00
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Met up with Ben Vanbeekum this morning at the North Ogden Divide. We ran to the top of Ben Lomond Peak. He has never done it before so it was quite the experience for him. We started at about 6100 ft and climbed to 9720 ft. Good climbing up to the top and then enjoyed the downhill on the way back. Happy to get a great trail run in this morning. Overcast conditions with a little bit of rain made for one of the best runs of the year.

It has been way too long since I ran with Ben. I think he is part billy goat!

Brooks PureGryt Miles: 16.00
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Slept in this morning because I felt like it. Watched the rest of Sherlock Holmes 2 and chilled with Oliver all morning. I love little getaways. We are in Logan for the weekend and I finally got out around noon. It was more hot and humid than expected. It was cooler than St. George so I am not complaining. Took a nice long drink at Lundstrom Park at the end of the run. 

I didn't go as long today because I am doing a longer trail run with Cody and Joe tomorrow. It should be fun.

Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Miles: 6.00
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 Trail Run!

I waited until Cody posted on his blog and then copied and pasted his post. I did tweak it a little though.

Today I was graced with the presence of Mr. Joe Furse and Mr. Cody Draper. Yep, I felt honored.  It was nice to be able to enjoy the sweet trails around Logan with some fellow running nerds.  

My personal goals were to enjoy the run and see some wildlife. On the drive up we saw a cow moose on the side of the road and then when I was leading the parade, two cow elk ran across the trail. Mission accomplished!

Today's mission was to run a large section the Bear100 course (why not?).  We had to do a bit of a shuttle to get the cars all set up, but we still hit the trails just after 6.  We ran from Temple Fork (mile 45.1) to Logan River Aid (mile 69.5) then continued on down the Franklin basin road (2 more miles or so) to the car. 

(This paragraph is from Cody but I still think it is pretty funny). Before we ran today, I looked up Jon's 2010 race splits so that I could have a "ghost runner" so I could get an idea of how fast one must run to break 21 hours on this brutal course.  (* Disclaimer) To be fair, we sort of skipped the first 45 miles and 12K feet of climbing he did before he got to Temple Fork. Plus we called it a day at mile 70 when he got to keep going.  So, even though we destroyed the splits of his ghost runner, he shouldn't feel too bad.

So, the splits I got were these:

Temple to Tony Grove - Jon - 1:45 - Us - 1:15

Tony Grove to Franklin Aid - Jon - 1:50 - Us - 1:27

Franklin Aid to Logan River Aid - Jon - 1:45 - Us - 1:28

Jon - 5:20 - Us 4:10

Yep, your math is right, we ran 2:51 seconds a mile faster.  Take that Ghost Jon! (*see disclaimer above).

Thanks Joe and Cody for a great time!  Joe and I threw down some sub 6 miles over the last 3 miles leaving Cody slightly in the dust. Not by much though!

T-4:26 (10:00)

Elevation: (not that anyone cares...)

5404' vert (Bear100 site)

5800' vert (SportTracks)

5650' vert (Garmin Connect)

Solid end to the week and happy I could get two great trail runs in this week. I think this Logan trail run was one of the best trails I have ever ran. I need to get back up there again. Happy with this quality type of running while on vacation. I am ready to get back and get a solid week of running in with the team before we head up to our summer running camp. It should be fun.

Brooks PureGryt Miles: 26.50
Total Distance
Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Miles: 29.90Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Miles: 12.75Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 6.50Brooks PureGryt Miles: 42.50
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