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Gnarly Bear 25K Trail Race

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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:

Miles:This week: 36.00 Month: 94.44 Year: 94.44
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 8106.41
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 618.11
Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Lifetime Miles: 692.22
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 863.00
Adiddas Supernova Glide Boost Lifetime Miles: 925.15
Guide 8 White 2018 Lifetime Miles: 574.50
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 573.33
Race: Gnarly Bear 25K Trail Race (16.05 Miles) 02:25:30, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

My first trail race!  Craig picked me up around 7am and we drove to Kelly Canyon Ski Resort (start and finish) to check in and get ready for the race.  Our plan was to run easy and for fun to enjoy the weather and scenery.  Lots of locals that we know (about 50 25k, 30 50k who started earlier).

Craig and I ran together for the first few miles, trading places with a few other runners.  At mile 3 I was in around 6th place.  Just past mile 4 when we got off the single track onto the road I passed a guy to get into 5th (this guy dropped I think).  Climbed up a bit and fell around mile 5 on a steep downhill on scree.  Ran down to Table Rock campground (mile 7) then back up the hill (lots of walking!).  A bit more of a climb then a good downill back to the lodge before monster climb up the face of the ski hill!  17+ minute mile and some confusion on which way to go.  My ITB starting to talk to me around mile 10.5 but got better once I was back on runnable trails on top of the hill. Passed 4th place at mile 11 and was running strong to the end of the out and back turn around (saw 1st, Erika, running strong, Brandon, 2nd, walking and Brett, 3rd walking heading back).  I kept running strong along the return and picked it up on the 2 mile downhill to the finish.  Very steep and loose rock, but passed Brett with about 1/2 mile to go.  Finished 2nd male and 3rd overall.  OK with the result.  

This race in NO WAY would convince me to give up road racing for trails.  I like the consistency and peace that road racing has, not this up and down in pace and aerobic stress of trails.  Glad I did it to get in my first trail race though.  

Done racing for the year!  (Xodus)

Saucony Xodus 2011 Miles: 16.05
From JimF on Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 19:48:27 from

Awesome race! I guess it is good to mix it up every once in awhile.

From Jon on Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 20:55:38 from

I'd say roads are more stressful, with the cars, hard surface, even split pressure, etc. Give me trails and hills and nature.

Glad you enjoyed it, though. Congrats on a good year of racing.

From jtshad on Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 08:38:00 from

Except for the severely strained fingers on my right hand from the fall...last two fingers are really sore and turning black and blue and are puffy.

Almost went to the emergency care this morning, but I can bend them and grip. Never happened on a race race. Not really less stressful at this time for me.

From Jon on Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 09:45:40 from

Well, hope your hand gets better quickly.

From Drew on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 18:38:48 from

Nice going on running outside your comfort zone.

The trail/road thing is pretty interesting. My sister is a hardcore trail runner, and she has run some incredible races, both in distance and terrain. I like to live vicariously through her adventures, but personally, I'd rather run on asphalt any day.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 18:51:41 from

That sounds like a great race. I might have come up and run it had I known about it.

From Jason D on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 20:57:19 from

Well done, Jeff. I'm with you on trail racing. I spent quite a bit of time on the trails this summer, but I generally stay off them during marathon training. Racing on the trails takes some getting used to I think; you have to adjust to uneven splits and effort as you say. For shorter trail races it's a process of dying/recovering/dying again.

I think there's something to trail running for recovery (though it can take a lot of time with slower paces) and for fartlek runs.

Sounds like you are done racing for the year. Take some time to rest up and heal.

From Steve on Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 20:11:43 from

Why the caps on NO WAY? :-)

Trails and mountains are for the soul. Roads are for racing. My bro has been training all summer to come down from ID Falls Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving and run a R2R2R with me. See how you feel about trails in a few weeks and come join us if you want. He's planning on being back Sunday eve.

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