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Pocatello 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


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Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 563.11
Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Lifetime Miles: 601.78
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 813.17
Adiddas Supernova Glide Boost Lifetime Miles: 885.15
Saucony Ride Run Pop Orange Lifetime Miles: 881.94
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Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 392.61
Race: Pocatello Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:39:03, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

We stayed the night in Pocatello which made the early morning much nicer.  I got on the bus at just after 5am and sat next to Justin Park on the way up and had fun getting to know him better.   When we arrived at the start, is was a pretty nice morning with a good temperature and light wind.    Looking forward to a solid race but I knew it was going to have some fast guys running including Justin, Mike Anderson and Jason Howe.   Justin and I did a short warmup.  Got to see lots of friends at the start including Marlin, Lynette, Richard, Bill, McKay, Mike, Takara, and a few more.  I had an Access bar before the start and was ready to go!

Started off pretty conservative and let Justin take off.  At about the 1 mile mark, Mike Anderson came up on me and said he was gunning for a 2:30 so I told him to go stay with Justin and off he went.  They ended up in quite a duel with both men running strong!  I was cruising down the hill staying easy at about 5:45ish pace through mile 6 when Jason caught up to me and started to push harder.  I just tried to stay consistent and run easy to attempt to keep something in my legs for the rollers in the second half.  I took a PowerBar Gel at mile 8 and felt good.   I hit the 10 mile mark in just over 57 minutes and the half at 1:16 and change.  I knew the tough part was to come.

Through the second half I tried to just stay easy and consistent effort wise and hold strong.  The rollers in the second half are tough especially the hills in mile 17 and 21.  I didn't push too hard and watched the gap between me and Jason grow just a bit as he continued to run strong.  I was trying to be patient but my body would not respond and get back to my desired pace. Hips started to tighten slightly on the bigger hill at 17 miles but I was able to run through it with no lingering effects (besiding slowing down!).  I took PowerBar Gels at mile 15 and mile 20 which helped but I was still fading and could not get back up to goal pace so I settled in around 6:20-6:30 and just ran to get a sub-2:40 (wish I would have pushed for a 2:37 looking back now).

The last 4 miles are just a grind and a mentally hard stretch that seems to last forever (not very scenic either).  These miles are "downhill" but I really don't feel it plus there was a slight headwind this year through the city.  I was hoping to see my son out on the course to run in with me but he didn't get there early enough as my daughter was sick back at the hotel room.  I pushed with what I had left and was happy to get another sub 2:40 marathon this year (Age graded at 84.7% or equivalent to 2:27:34).

First time having two marathons under 2:40 since 2010...and neither one is SGM!  Now to get some solid work in for St. George and go for a marathon PR!

After the race we stuck around a bit to say congrats to our friends and say hi to friends but had to leave before the awards to check on Katelyn.  Now for a lazy day to catch up on sleep and let my legs recover.

Splits: 5:26, 5:36, 5:39, 5:45, 5:41, 5:42, 5:53, 5:56, 5:55, 5:42, 5:51, 5:37, 6:08, 5:51, 6:06, 6:17, 6:34 (hill), 6:16, 5:59, 6:18, 6:22 (hill), 6:41 (lingering hill), 6:28, 6:25, 6:29, 6:34, 1:51 (0.3M).

Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Miles: 26.70
From JPark on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 15:57:05 from

Jeff, very fine race. You are in great shape. It was great to get to know you a little better. One of these days I'll be up in your neck of the woods and we should get together for a run and/or lunch. Rest up and get ready to go bust a really good one down in St. George!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 16:03:26 from

Very nice Jeff!

From crhudman on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 16:07:33 from

Great job again.

From Jason D on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 16:16:31 from

Great race, Jeff. I cheated and looked at the results. Running really strong this year.

From Rye on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 17:59:06 from

Congrats on another sub 2:40. You're a well oiled machine!

From Jon on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 19:54:09 from

Congrats on the sub-2:40

From Steve on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:57:01 from

Another solid and consistent run from the old man in Idaho. Sweet! I'm looking forward to your SGM race. There's been some solid masters competition down there and I'm marking you in as the dark horse.

From Superfly on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 19:32:04 from

Great job Jeff. You just keep punching out solid race after solid race... year after year. #amazing

From shellberns on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 08:52:57 from

So awesome! Nice race, Jeff! You always inspire me.

From Bret on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 09:07:46 from

Well done Jeff - that's great consistency - two sub 2:40's this year is really remarkable. Congrats!

From Tom on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 09:35:48 from

Great job Jeff. You always impress and inspire.

From Matt Poulsen on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 10:19:20 from

Very nice race, Jeff! Impressive. You are so consistent.

From rockness18 on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:47:38 from

Great job...inspires me to re-focus sometime soon on distance before I get to old.

From Bob on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 20:51:22 from

Congrats Jeff!

From KristenRuns on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 at 12:49:24 from

Congrats on another sub 2:40, amazing! Sounds like a challenging course but you stuck to your game plan and adjusted when needed. Great job!

From TBean on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 at 14:15:56 from

Great race. Always impressive.

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