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Idaho Falls MAD Half 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:

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Race: Idaho Falls MAD Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:20:23, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I ran the Idaho Falls MAD half marathon this morning. Beautiful weather and lots of friends running.  Mike Stutz was back and won easily in 1:15:18 and I was second in 1:20:23.  Started conservative with Mike on the downhill then he pulled away at mile 3.  Legs was ok until mile 5 then started talking and mostly blew up at mile 7 and I limped home trying to stay ahead of Beau Seegmiller.  My leg is good for about 7-10 miles at decent pace, less if we start fast (hit 5 mile mark in 28 minutes, slower than last year!).  Overall happy with the result and effort.  Not sure I like the pacing of racing much anymore...may go to strictly recreational running and stress relief (I need it).  Splits: 5:20, 5:42, 5:58, 5:28, 5:47, 6:07, 6:17, 6:29, 6:36, 6:42, 6:40, 6:28, 6:32, 0:20. (Altra Impulse)

Altra Impulse Miles: 15.10
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 17:31:34 from

Solid! Congratulations.

From Jon on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 19:26:21 from

Nice job- 2nd overall is solid.

Come join me in retirement. As long as you don't mind putting on a bit of weight, it's mighty darn nice to not worry about speed workouts, missing an occasional day, etc. You run just for enjoyment.

From Jason D on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 20:02:23 from

Well done! The good thing about recreational and stress relief running is that you can go back to racing if you feel like. Or you can continue. As Jon says if you miss a day, you miss a day. Breaks are good!

From jtshad on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 21:04:27 from

Thanks. That has been my running for the past 2 years. My forays back into racing have demonstrated that I am not fully healed (same injury that caused Ryan Hall to retire). I can still run and have fun, but racing at my old expectations may not be realistic. So, that is where I am.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 21:11:50 from

Still, you just ran a 1:20 half in your late 40s.

Racing is HARD if you're doing it right. Aside from the injury, I suppose the question is what do you get out of it? I've been doing it since 1978 so I can't really imagine life without it.

Long breaks help. So does shaking things up with a different kind of racing.

From Steve on Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 22:15:12 from

I second Jon. It's great to be done and just running for fun. You still rule Idaho though. On a bum leg.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 01:53:18 from

So basically we all recommend you do what we are doing.

From jtshad on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 08:10:13 from

Thanks guys. I have have been scaling back on racing and training and enjoying the less pressure more fun approach to running. This year's race performances just demonstrate that training and being healthy do make racing faster more fun. Just need to change my expectations of myself as I go into future races.

From Bob on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 at 12:18:28 from

Well done Jeff!

From Adam RW on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 11:34:26 from

Scaling back and "retiring" to a 2nd place finish. Seems like a good thing.

Always hard to compare things with time. Hard to believe it was nearly 10 years ago that we "met".

My retiring has been a bit more serious with putting on 20 lbs of Southern cuisine... :)

From Donald Davis on Thu, Dec 01, 2016 at 19:10:58 from

Hi Jeff,

I'm relatively new to the area. Would you recommend the IF MAD half? I'm deciding how many times I have to commute down to Utah next summer haha!

From jtshad on Mon, Dec 05, 2016 at 07:35:25 from

IF Half is a great race, if you are ready to race downhill!

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