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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 (Course Record), 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), Master's Course Record (still!)

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

50,000 lifetime miles from spring 2000 to October 2019.

Logged (on computer) 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

No racing, retired.

Long-Term Running Goals:

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


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

Married for 26 years with two children (20 and 17).

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: 21.25 Month: 62.25 Year: 2802.32
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 9091.91
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 666.86
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 1003.19
Saucony Guide 8 Blue 2017 Lifetime Miles: 1131.01
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 1200.07
Saucony Fastwitch White 2019 Lifetime Miles: 311.83
Saucony Guide Yellow 2019 Lifetime Miles: 365.50
Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:34:13, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A very quick update:  No sub-2:30 today, only a 2:34:13.   I finished 7th overall and 3rd Master (Pepi and Ken both ran great and finished 2 and 3!...way to go old guys).  It was just too hot today, 60 degrees at the start and pushing 80 by the time we finished.

Ran good through the half and hit my target at 1:16:36, but the second half I crashed (like many, many others!) and only was able to many a 1:17 and change!  How can I run a positive split at SGM?  My left leg really started getting tight at 19 miles and I was never able to open it up the rest of the way.  Walter passed me about 19 miles, but stopped at 23 miles and I was able to hold him and Ben off.   

Overall disappointed in the time (I didn't meet any of my goals) but happy with the placement. More later.

Now the rest of the story:

 At the start, I saw lots of friends and acquaintances, including Ben, Walt, Ken Pliska, Christine Kennedy, Monte, etc. and planned to run with Walt, Ben and Ken and all try for sub 2:30.  Right before the start I take some PowerBar Gel Blasts to get some fuel.

1- 5:44  Running in the chase pack right behind the leaders and feeling good but it was already warm. 

2 - 5:50  Right on track to my pace band and feeling good, running with Ken Pliska and we start to chat a bit.

3 - 5:32  Hitting our marks perfectly, I notice that Ken is stronger on the uphills and I am little stronger going down but we agree to stay together to try and work both of us to our goals.

4 - 5:30 Still feeling good and on the mark, Ken and I are alone now with a group in front and in back of us.

5 - 5:38  Still rolling with Ken feeling pretty good.  Try to take in hydration well to stay on top of the heat.

6 - 5:23  Wow, we are hitting the splits right on and can see Vejo in the distance. Ken says he thinks we are running a bit fast but we stay together.

7 - 5:19 Rolling into Vejo and grab my first bottle and PowerBar Gel.  Hydration and fuel would be critical today in the heat, especially considering the snafu of the race...NO gels on the course at all!!!

8 - 6:32  This is actually a good split, but I know that I don't want to burn up on the uphills, so I let Ken go and hope to catch him on the downhills, he is running strong but I keep him in sight not too far off.

9 - 6:23  A bit slow, but not too far off.  Ken is still pulling away and I can feel the pack behind me catching up.

10 - 6:15  I hit the 10 mile hard in just under 58 minutes so I still have a lead on my splits and can see Ken in the distance.  One of the guys from the pack catches and passes me about here, bummer but I just keep trying to run in my groove.

11 - 6:30   Yikes, a really bad split as the hills are accummulating.

12 - 6:01  Better split, nearly on the mark and starting to get a bit of a breather as the hills are subsiding now.

13 - 5:48  Getting back, hit the half in 1:16:36, right on my mark. Now I hope I can roll on the downhills like 2007 (not going to happen!).

14 - 5:52  Again, starting to roll but where is the speed and open stride.  I think it is here or 15 that I am passed again, dang!

15 - 5:26  Finally, a good mile again on the mark.  Feeling pretty good and I am very glad I left a bottle and PowerBar PowerGel here.

16 - 5:22   Ok, is this the start of getting my legs back under me, a good mile and rolling.

17 - 5:46   Nope, missing the mark again and the temperature is really starting to rise with the sun.

18 - 5:49  Ok, it is going south.  I just can't get my legs moving.  I see the hill ahead and also see a runner ahead of me jump into a  POP, I thought it was Ken but I was mistaken.  I think it is about here that I see Peter Vail walking on the side of the road.

19 - 6:14  The hill sucked and I felt like I was crawling up it and had nothing in my legs.  Grab my last bottle and PowerBar Gel to keep me going.

20 - 6:01  A crappy mile and this is where Walter comes flying by looking strong.  I try to latch on but have nothing and watch him pull out and I just try to keep contact.

21 - 5:39   A better split but still off and not making headway on reeling Walter back in.

22 - 6:11  Just shoot me, shoot me now.

23 - 5:52  All hopes of a sub 2:30 are long gone, I know I can't even catch my time from 2007, so my head is just spinning. 

24 - 5:52   Just past the aid station, I see Walter grab his bottle and he just stops...oh no, what's up?  I run past him and tell him to keep it together and latch on.   As I am coming into town, a spectator yells out I am 7th!  What, how can that be?  That is the only thing that sparks me so I just put my head down and try to charge with what I have left.

25 - 6:08  Death march through town, but nice to have the encouraging fans.

26 - 6:21  Just past the 25 mile marker, a woman is yelling encouragement when her 1 year old boy walks away from her right in front of me!  I nearly bowl him over and do a pirouette in the air to avoid him and my legs both cramp.  I spend the next quarter mile yelling out obscenities (sorry to everyone who heard me).

0.2 1:14  Turn onto 400 South and just try to press to keep 7th place.

Afterward, see Dave and give him a hug and wait for Ben and Walter to come in.  Then we head to get some water and fuel and try to understand what happen today.  I get a good massage and hang out for the awards ceremony with the guys and try to be encouraging but sensitive to everyone's feelings about the day.   I get to be up on the podium and get some swag (gift certificate to St. George Running Center, travel $ for next year's race, bags and a top ten sweatshirt). 

I see McKay who ran great, and also see Troy and Reed and chat a bit.

After the whole event, we go back to Clyde and Mik'ls house to chill, process the day, watch football, nap and eat.   They are great for keeping me another day and can't say enough about how great they are. 

An interesting day with a mixed bag of results and emotions.  I am sore and now looking forward to getting home to my family after a long drive.

Saucony Tangent 3 Miles: 26.20
From Paul on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 16:25:55 from

Yah, that sounds hot! Sounds like everyone suffered through it. But that's great overall placing. Still your 2nd fastest marathon ever? I was impressed to see so many masters in the Top 10, especially 2nd and 3rd. Shows that savvy and maturity are helpful in the heat?

From Cody on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 16:37:13 from

Way to stick it out and finish in a great time nonetheless. What is worse at SG rain or heat? Anyway, nice job for an old guy!!!

From Jon on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 16:53:53 from

7th place is awesome, Jeff, even if the time was a bit slower than you wanted. But I bet it's not often that 7th place is 3rd Master! Nice race.

From rockness18 on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 17:02:44 from

80 degrees by the end...are you kidding me? Hey, way to represent us "old guys"!

From Rob on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 17:08:22 from

Very impressive, good job. Sounds like it was a rough day.

From Little Bad Legs on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 17:12:49 from

Nice! 7th overall and 3rd master?! Great job!

From fly on the Wall on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 17:33:32 from

Yikes that sounds hot. But 3rd geezer is great!

From Stew on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 17:54:57 from

Way to go Jeff. It was good to meet you. Keep up the good work.

From JimF on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 18:47:45 from

Great job getting 7th place! I know that you didn't meet your time goal but considering the weather it seems very good to me.

From Kory on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 19:32:36 from

Jeff - you really have to base your time with the temperature. In conditions like that the time is going to suffer and PR's will be hard. If the weather was in your favor you know you would have been under a 2:30.

I believe that myself, because you've had a good year.

From jtshad on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 19:50:29 from

Great race Jeff. I'm pumped you finished in the top 10. Thanks for being a peaceful guest:)

From Superfly on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 19:54:12 from

Jeff the last post was from me... ha ha

From Bret on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 20:12:39 from

Nice race Jeff - considering the conditions sounds like a great result.

From Teena Marie on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 20:18:39 from

DANG!!! You masters are FAST!!!! :) :) :)

Sorry you were a bit disappointed, but seriously, beyond impressive!

From RivertonPaul on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 20:27:07 from

I was so glad to see you before and after the race. You are so humble for such a stud runner. Great effort.

From JamesH on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 21:10:20 from

Nicely done Jeff. Congrats on the placements.

From Walter on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 21:32:58 from

Jeff, It was a pleasure running with you today! Wow, I have got to learn how to run up Veyo like Ken! suck! Great job my friend and lets plan one or two master races next year.

From Mike Warren on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 22:11:06 from

Jeff, great day man! It was nice to meet you.

From Bec on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 22:20:52 from

Nice race Jeff! Way to be in the top 10.

From Steve on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 23:35:38 from

Nice! You are awesome!

From Holt on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 23:52:59 from

Jeff, so great seeing you. I really enjoy your positive outlook and personality. They help me through.

Good job on the race.

From Andy on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 10:21:42 from

Our races were very similar (although mine was much slower). Hitting splits perfect until 22 then just holding on. Well done on the 7th place finish.

From James on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 11:12:27 from

Still a good showing and a great place overall! Still wish I could have been there even on a hot day.

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 11:16:21 from

awesome job Jeff, especially impressive when I read all the other horror stories from the race reports, scarier than a Stephen King novel. Before yesterday I wanted to run SG, now I am not so sure. anyway, excellent job!

From Clay on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 11:50:59 from

It was great seeing you finish the race,you did a great job and you looked pretty fresh for the conditions. I love reading your blog daily your a great runner! Keep working hard.

From steve ash on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 13:04:00 from

You really ran well Jeff and especially considering the heat. Congrats on your second best time ever:)

From JD on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 14:02:57 from

Congratulations on placing so well and running what can only be considered a fast marathon given the conditions. You're such a strong runner and I really enjoy following your training here on the blog.

From Tom on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 14:31:45 from

Nice job on the 7th place Jeff. Maybe not what you wanted but that heat was ruthless and your effort was likely worth a sub-30 under normal SGM weather conditions.

Amazing that a 7th overall is only worth 3rd in Masters. Tough to be over 40!

From Burt on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 15:47:16 from

It's interesting to read all the reports on SGM. You did great. You seem as strong as ever. Great job!

From Mark on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 15:47:52 from

Awesome job getting 7th place! Must have been brutal conditions this year. 7th last year was worth sub-2:30

From Lily on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 17:23:03 from

I watched the finish line yesterday and it was hot! You did great though, I wasn't surprised at all

From Kelli on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 21:07:02 from

Great race finish, even though you were not feeling. Just to pull through that says something! It was SO HOT!

From jtshad on Sun, Oct 03, 2010 at 22:41:43 from

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I am thankful for the opportunity to run hard and try my best to deal with the race conditions and feel blessed to be able to still finish well considering the issues. You all are so supportive and inspiring to me and I really love the community of runners we have here on the blog! You are what makes running even more fun and worthwhile!

From sflores on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 07:58:58 from

Jeff, first thing I did this morning was READ your blog! Sorry to hear you didn't have a good race, but man you kick ass! Very impressive! Congrats!!

From Rob on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 09:41:25 from

Boy Jeff, the more I read the more impressive your 2:34 becomes. Seeing that you have been training in much cooler Idaho all year and you beat out a lot of the local St. George guys that are used to the heat. I guess all your noon lunch runs in the sun paid off.

From bunkgoats on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 10:09:04 from

It was nice to meet you too. Good race on a tough day. The heat was a killer for the end!

From Adam RW on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 10:31:14 from

Jeff, Considering the temps it seems like so many of you stuck through a tough race. As always so enjoyable to read your race reports. They make me so hungry...

From Neil on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 11:19:21 from

I love reading your race reports because they're always brutally honest and yet still very optimistic. Sorry I didn't run into you. I kept looking for a guy with a Selleckesque stache, and sporting a Powerbar shirt. ;) Maybe next year? [insert running cliche here]. Congrats on the top 10 finish!

From jtshad on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 11:23:27 from

Neil, my goatee is a little more subdued that Tom, but thanks for the comparison...what an ego boost!

I didn't wear my Powerbar shirt as it was going to be way to warm (dark blue and short sleeves) so I wore my SGRC singlet instead.

Great job on the PR! Have fun on the fishing trip (call/write if you spend any time in IF!).

From allie on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 19:34:40 from

great report and congrats on such a strong race in that heat. sorry you had to dodge that kid right at the end. that happened to me once with a lady and a stroller...ouch!

From JohnR on Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 22:20:08 from

Jeff - Congrats on a great time and excellent placing. 7th place in a race of that caliber is pretty impressive. It's always nice to leave town with some travel money and other "parting gifts." Keep up the good work!

From Smooth on Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 00:02:08 from

CONGRATULATIONS on 7th place and taking podium! Very impressive on such a tough hot day! I enjoy reading your report...nearly takes my breath AWESOME!!!!

From Bob on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 20:04:57 from

Terrific job Jeff!

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