Philippians 4:13

Hood to Coast 198 mile Relay

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Location:

Idaho Falls,ID,USA

Member Since:

Apr 21, 2007

Gender:

Male

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) http://jeff.fastrunningblog.com/blog-My-alarm-went-off-I-got-up-eventually-/11-29-2012.html

Short-Term Running Goals:

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

 

Personal:

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 24 years with two children (18 and 15).

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: 65.50 Month: 185.50 Year: 1018.95
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 7165.16
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 563.11
Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Lifetime Miles: 336.53
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 750.67
Saucony Guide 7 2016 Lifetime Miles: 1085.76
Saucony Guide 8 Blue 2017 Lifetime Miles: 713.26
Adiddas Supernova Glide Boost Lifetime Miles: 688.15
Mirage 2 Red 2017 Lifetime Miles: 670.12
Saucony Ride Run Pop Orange Lifetime Miles: 650.19
Race: Hood to Coast 198 mile Relay (12.81 Miles) 01:20:40
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.0012.810.000.0013.81

After our hand off, we drove along the route to reach the second major exchange. We tried to get a little napping in and had a fun time getting to know one another and talking about the race, cheering on runners.

We stopped for gas and supplies (and Taha hitting on the girls!), then got to the exchange and rested.  Pretty soon it was time for the guys to roll in and we started to worry about the weather forecast...heavy rain and winds ahead!  Rex and Taha ran well on hilly segments but with no rain so we were hopeful...not to last!

I took the baton for leg 21 at around 3am and was off on a dirt road with lots of traffic in complete darkness (once again!) and had a hard time getting under 6:00 pace due to the road and traffic.  About 2 miles in the sky opened up and rained buckets!  My head lamp could only shine about a foot in front of me and was only good to try to see the puddles on the road!  I ran 5.06 miles in 30:40.  All our runners ran past the van at the exchange as the traffic jams were about half a mile long.  The next runner would get out and run ahead to meet the incoming guy, then run up the road to wait for the van to drive by (did not even stop at the exchange).

Kerry took off in the rain and ran with it coming down most of his leg.  David and Sean had much drier legs.  David missed us in the traffic jam and instead hitchhiked to the major exchange and waited there with Sean as we tried to locate them (impressed that we found them and the van in the crowd!).  Our preplanning for the known issues through here worked like a charm! 

We then took off and used the alternate route to get to the next exchange. 

Van 1 guys ran well and we met them at the last major exchange.  As Mark B was coming in, the weather once again came up...30+ mph sustained winds!  Rex and Taha ran well for their legs in wind and rain then I took the baton at around 8:30am for a 7.75 mile leg.  I was battling swirling hurricane force winds and pretty much constant rain for the whole leg.  I continued to push hard on my hardest leg.  Overall time of 50:00 (weak!) but in tough conditions.

Kerry ran strong and then David got the brunt of the worst weather!...Driving 60+ mph wind and rain for about 3 miles of his 7 mile leg!  The rain suddenly stopped but the wind kept strong for Sean and he brought it home in style!   Due to his strong last leg, we finished as team in 19:59:57 for a 6:03 AP, 6th OA (1050 HTC teams) and 1st Master!

The finish line area was destroyed and closed due to the weather and the finish line changed locations as we went down to run Sean in so we missed him.  But this team rocked!

Got to the hotel to clean up and hang with the guys before about 8 of us took off for Portland to catch flights home that night.  Rex and I flew to Boise and spent the night, finally getting to a real bed about 35 hours after waking up Friday from our last real sleep.

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 13.81
Comments
From JamesH on Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 22:36:14 from 24.40.80.108

Nice job Jeff. I think I'm glad I didn't show up and slow you guys down.

From Jon on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 06:53:13 from 104.129.200.75

Sub 20 hrs, top 6 overall, and top masters team- now that's good running. Congrats to all of you.

From jtshad on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 09:58:36 from 141.221.191.225

Thanks guys! James, we would have loved to have you join us.

Maybe next year, Walter is going to be team captain!

From Steve on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 10:53:29 from 66.87.126.21

Amazing how well we had those vans planned out. I really don't think van 1 runners could have done the leg times you guys did in those conditions. Today I watched the north coast radar tracker and the two storms passed Oregon about two and a half hours apart. Exactly enough time to nail van 2 both times.

Love it.

From butlerbrunning on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 21:36:47 from 104.52.197.67

Sounds like a blast!

From Drew on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 at 20:01:21 from 72.29.197.23

That sounds like a great experience with good guys and talented runners. A shared accomplishment like that is especially cool.

From MarkP on Thu, Sep 03, 2015 at 13:33:24 from 174.23.157.245

Nice hanging out with you. You guys in VAN 2 are muy macho.

From jtshad on Thu, Sep 03, 2015 at 13:53:02 from 141.221.191.225

Mark, it was an amazing adventure! Great to see you again...van 1 was smokin'!

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