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Lost Dutchman Marathon

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Idaho Falls,ID,USA

Member Since:

Apr 21, 2007



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2007 St. George Marathon 2:32:06 (marathon PR)

2014 St. George Marathon 2:32:45 (close to old PR...7 years later!)

2014 Boston Marathon, 2:39:00, 298th OA, 8th AG, 1st Idahoan

2013 Lake Lowell Marathon, 2:48:34 (CR), 1st Overall (#6)

2012 Boston Marathon, 2:43:26 (HOT!!), 114th OA, 9th Master OA, 1st Idahoan

2010 B&A Trail Marathon (MD), 2:40:18, 1st Overall (#3)

2010 Mesa Falls Marathon, 2:48:55, 1st Overall (#4)

2009 Pocatello Marathon, 2:37:22, 1st Overall (#2)

2011 The M.A.D. Marathon, 2:55:14, 1st OA (training run) (#5)

2006 Teton Dam Marathon, 2:50:48 1st Overall (#1)

2015 Hood to Coast Relay (195 miles), 1st Masters Team (6th OA), 19:59:57, 6:03 avg pace for the team

2008 Ragner Relay Del Sol (182 mile relay) 1st place team 17:04:37, 5:38 pace avg for the team

Logged 24,901 miles (circumference of the earth) in 2,889 days (11/29/12)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running, enjoy it for the sake of running, relax and enjoy stress.

No racing, retired.


Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running until this old body says no, running for fun.

Support my wife's endeavor to do long distance road biking and her renewed interest in running! Keep biking more with her as cross training maybe do a Century ride.



Born in 1968.  I live in Idaho Falls, ID.  I started running competitively in 2005 and ran my first marathon in 2005. Now retired.

Married for 25+ years with two children (19 and 16).

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.  - Psalm 86:1-7


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 18.22 Month: 126.66 Year: 126.66
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 8112.41
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 618.11
Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Lifetime Miles: 692.22
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 869.22
Adiddas Supernova Glide Boost Lifetime Miles: 932.15
Guide 8 White 2018 Lifetime Miles: 579.50
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 587.33
Race: Lost Dutchman Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:10:16, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Not a good race.  Felt ok to 10 miles, injury started barking loud.  Nearly dropped out every mile from 11 to 19 miles.  Found a pace that was runnable but slow to keep going. Justin took me in from 22 miles and helped keep me going. Did not want to DNFin what may be my last marathon.  More later.

The story.  Got up early and my father in-law (who is snowbirding in Apache Junction, AZ) drove me to the buses.  Met the RD and thanked him for the entry.  Told him my goal and about my injury.  Rode the buses to the start, nice area with about 80 little 1 log fires right at the base of Superstition Mountain.  Lined up and chatted with a few runners up front and we were off right at 7am on a nice cool morning (55 degrees).  The first 10K is on dirt road and mostly easy downhill.  A couple of young guys took off and I was just running easy at around a 6:20 average.  Right at 10K we come back onto asphalt and turn onto the highway 60 at mile 7.  Lots of police and lane closures for the race which was nice.

About 8.5 miles, another runner (a guy from Toronto, just turned 40) caught up to me and we ran together for the next few miles.  Turned into Gold Canyon area and into a neighborhood loop.  We both missed a course marker and ran and extra 0.35M (into a culdesac, we knew we missed something).  At mile 10, my hammy/glute tendonitis started barking pretty bad.  I knew going into this race that I could handle the pace or the distance, but the combination was my worry.  It was a true concern. The guy pulled away at mile 11, then I was passed at mile 12 by two other guys.  I was really struggling and figured I would drop because physically I did not know if I could finish.  Just past the half, I slowed and the pain subsided and it was runnable.  It was a hard decision to not drop at the 14 mile aid station.  From that point to mile 20 it was mile to mile, gauging whether my body could handle the running.  I did not want to quit and give up mentally, but if physically I had too that was ok.  

At mile 17 one of the guys in front of me dropped.  I came up on him as he was nursing a cramp and a car stopped to pick him up.  At the turn around just past mile 19 I saw a couple of guys closing on me.  At the 20 mile mark it is a straight shot for about 1.5 miles and lots of rollers (from mile 10-26 it is all rollers!).  I knew if I could make it to 21/22 Justin would help me in.  Justin was waiting at 22 miles right after another guy passed me.  I was hanging on with what I had.  He helped me not walk and kept me motivated (and threw water on me to keep me was not too hot but it helped).  I limped in with what I had left for 6th place and 1st in my AG.  Only beat the women's winner (45 years old!) but 3 minutes.

I feel proud that I did not quit mentally and was able to adapt my race to my physical capability today. I knew my injury was still a question mark.  I did not want to DNF unless I had too (do not like that feeling, don't like the message to my kids, felt bad if I did to the RD for giving me an entry).   I am still dealing with this injury, this may be a year of continued recovery (strength training, track) and a focus on shorter stuff (1 mile, 5K, maybe HM).  No more plans for marathons in the near future for now.  

Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Miles: 26.20
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 16:45:08 from

Sorry! Sounds EXACTLY like my experience in my last marathon - Boston 2012 which was a great race for you.

From steve ash on Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 17:57:27 from

Sorry to hear that Jeff. Hip or hamstring? You hung in there though and finished. Nice work:)

From Jason D on Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 18:04:30 from

All my blog heroes are retiring! I get it though.

Sorry the issues continue.

From Mark on Sun, Feb 14, 2016 at 20:39:50 from

Sorry to hear it wasn't a great race, but glad you hung in there and finished, still inspiring!

From Drew on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 02:22:22 from

Sorry you were hurting out there Jeff. I hope a little time off leads to some enjoyable running this spring.

From Jon on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 08:27:56 from

Sorry, Jeff.

From Ben VanBeekum on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 09:13:48 from

Man Jeff sorry to hear that. You had a good build up. Thanks for the motivation on not quitting. Takes a lot of courage and a lot of digging deep down inside to finish a marathon when its not going well. Still my hero!

From Bret on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 09:27:35 from

Sorry to hear that Jeff. I think some of the hardest races are when your body is fighting you to quit - so it shows a certain toughness of character to push on through. So good job in getting to the finish even if it wasn't your day.

From SpencerSimpson on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 09:51:45 from

Tough race brother. Jeff, crap happens. You are still in good shape and plenty left in the tank. Take some time to recover and get back at it. You are a good man. MIH

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 12:40:01 from

Thanks for the nice words and support. You all are great friends and wonderful motivation, which is one of the main reasons to keep racing (get to see many of you).

From Holt on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 16:50:44 from

Jeff, you are a beast. Maybe we need a retired guy 5k or something!

From butlerbrunning on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 16:57:10 from

Bummer..Hope you are wrong in that. Get well soon. Glad you didn't give up.

From Bob on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 11:33:48 from

Get well soon. Visit a PT if you can't get the injury figured out on your own.

From Steve on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 19:26:15 from

I was hoping that injury wouldn't develop in this race. You toughed that one out. That's a hard course to have something like that on. Lots of hills after halfway. I'm not counting you out of marathoning yet though.

From Little Bad Legs on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 21:15:49 from

Sorry Jeff. Way to stick with it and battle to the end. Best of luck with your recovery and future running.

From JamesH on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 21:33:45 from

Good job toughing it out. Hope your body recovers and you can keep running at whatever distance/paces and enjoying the journey.

From Bec on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 07:56:34 from

ugggghhh, this race. You finished with a great time considering the elements of what was going on. Good job for mentally pushing past icky stuff, you are a strong and seasoned runner.

From Barry on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 13:40:19 from

Sorry about your injury. Good job on finishing the race...

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