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City of Trees 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 (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: City of Trees Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:20:33, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Short report, more later.  2nd OA in 1:20:33 for 13.5 miles (missed an unmarked turn, had to turn around and pass 3 runners).  In 1st until nearly 11 miles, ITB really started to act up, lost first to a guy young enough to be my kid.  Beautiful day, ok course (unscenic greenbelt the whole way).  Slower than I wanted, but 2nd is ok for a race with 720+ runners.  Great weekend overall except for a few things. 

The day started off good, easy wake up and breakfast at the hotel before heading downtown to the race.  Got there in time to see the marathon start (sigh!) then I did a 2 mile warmup...stomach was sour during the warm up.  Got in a few drills, striders and some stretches before the half started.  

From the beginning I was running in the lead.  First mile in an easy 5:46, then I started to just run easy on flat/rolly greenbelt course.  Second mile around 5:50.  At the 2.5 mile mark, there is a turn followed by another quick turn at a "multiple Y" split than was not marked...I went the wrong way.  A guy from across the river yelled that I was heading the wrong way so I turned around and got back to the right turn in time to see the next three guys finally heading down the I had to catch and pass them again.  From here to the turnaround the greenbelt is rolly and exposed and not very scenic.  At the turnaround I was up about 20 seconds on 2 and 3.  I was slowing a bit on the ups and downs but still running ok.

By the mile 9 mark my ITB was starting to ache and at the 10 mile point it was getting painful.  Erik ran with me a bit at 10, and told me a couple of guys were moving up.  Garrett passed my around 10.5 miles and we ran together a spell before I had to back it down as my leg was locking up.  I kept him in sight until mile 12 when he started to push and pull away. I was working hard to keep 3rd place behind me.  Justin picked me up at the bridge for the final 0.25M and was telling me he was coming.  I held him off by 20 seconds but was behind 1st by 45 seconds...what a crappy finish.  Still, ok for a 47 year old to run in the lead for nearly 11 miles and run strong against 2 guys in their 20's (and strong triathletes!).  

Thanks Jeff U. for putting on a good race!  (Fastwitch 6)

Back to the hotel after the awards to clean up. Tried to meet up with my brother but they had to run "errands" instead of seeing us...oh well, old ways don't go away easy.  

Long painful drive home but good to be back at home.   Would still love to retire in Boise...what a great downtown and place to live.


Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 15.50
From shellberns on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 08:26:28 from

Sorry about the ITB issue but big congrats on the second place finish!

From Tom Slick on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 09:58:37 from

Congrats on a race well done finishing 2, 1 and only 5 minutes shy of your 1/2 Mary goal!!! Did you miss the sign at the turn or was the sign indicating the turn missing?

From Drew on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 16:13:29 from

Strong running Jeff, congrats on podium finish.

From JimF on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 13:06:31 from

Congrats on a strong race. Good job representing us more mature runners against the young guys. Ha. Sorry about the ITB issues.

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