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Mesa Falls 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: 18.00 Month: 140.00 Year: 140.00
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 9227.91
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 719.86
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 1003.19
Saucony Guide 8 Blue 2017 Lifetime Miles: 1197.01
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 1203.07
Saucony Fastwitch White 2019 Lifetime Miles: 339.83
Saucony Guide Yellow 2019 Lifetime Miles: 435.50
Race: Mesa Falls Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:48:55, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I won the Mesa Falls marathon this morning in a time of 2:48:55.  I was running this as a training run to finish up an 80 mile week so I ran it a bit easier than full out marathon pace.  I also dedicated this race to my good buddy, Kory, in hopes that he recovers swiftly.  The announcer at the finish line told the crowd about this and what happened to Kory and the gave a nice round of applause (it brought me to tears).   Thank you, Lord, for the strength to push through the pain and struggle of a marathon once again!

Overall a good run, half on dirt/fireroads, half on roads.  More challenging than the profile shows (plus at the 6200 foot altitude!).   We had to run over several cattle guards in the first half and I had to slow down at most of the aid stations to grab a drink as they were staffed with only 1 or 2 volunteers (but they were out there in the middle of nowhere, thanks!).  Started off with some PowerBar Gel Blasts to get the fueling started.  I had to carry all my own PowerBar gels and used 3 of them during the run (they are great and really helped).  I went out easy and just cruised through the halfway point then I picked it up on the downhill before the 3 mile uphill at mile 17 (a tough one!).  Then I just rolled through the last 6 miles with the last 3 miles being slower than I wanted but it was a training run and no one was in sight so I eased it in to the finish.  Happy with the effort and the win.  Splits:  6:16, 6:25, 6:12, 6:14, 6:16, 6:20, 6:28, 6:35, 6:27, 6:32, 6:10, 6:21, 5:57, 5:50, 6:09, 6:11, 6:21, 6:49, 7:21, 7:05, 6:11, 6:24, 6:18, 6:35, 6:44, 6:34, 2:12 (I had 0.34M on GPS).

We had to get on the road before 4am to get to the school to get packets and take the buses to the finish for the 6:30am I am ready for a nap! 

Unfortunately my training partner Lynette who rode with me to the race had to DNF at 22 miles as she developed a stress fracture in her foot!  Bummer as she was the lead woman at the time!

Taking a look back at my now 20 marathons in the past 5 years, I can say that God has blessed me in so many ways with my running:  accomplishing goals and having a sense of focus/purpose, making great friends in the community and on the FRB, demonstrating fitness to friends and family and providing motivation to others, etc.  Through His strength, I have been able to win 20% of the marathons I have run!  Not too bad for an older runner with faith!

Saucony Tangent 3 Miles: 27.20
From Smooth on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 14:55:26 from

CONGRATZ on the win in a training run on tough course capping off a HUGE mileage week! WOW! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!

VERY AWESOME dedicating this race to Kory! Here's to swift healing for your buddy!

From Superfly on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 14:59:52 from

Solid workout. Good job man.

From Bec on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 15:33:04 from

Wow, congrats on the win. Sounds like the course was difficult and you were on top of the game. I hope that your training partner is okay. Stress fractures are really the pits.

From AZDesertmonsoon on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 15:37:22 from

Congrats on the win!

From Burt on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 15:47:26 from

Nice job Jeff. Did anyone even challenge you or were you all alone the whole time?

From jtshad on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 15:52:42 from

Thanks everyone!

Burt, I ran with a couple of guys for the first 2 miles then they dropped back and I ran alone the rest of the way. Second place guy came in at 3:00:25 (Brandon Kirby from SLC).

From Burt on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 16:02:45 from

Nice. I almost teared up too when I read that you dedicated the race to Kory.

From Steve on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 17:48:40 from

Sweet marathon. You are just amazing consistant with the marathons. I love reading the reports!

From Teena Marie on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 17:58:25 from

Wow!!!!! Now that is the way to finish an 80 mile week in style!!! Seriously ... beyond impressive.

A huge congrats and best wishes to Kory and your training partner.

From JD on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 18:17:51 from

Congrats on yet another win!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 18:27:58 from

You're just an animal Jeff.

From Tom on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 18:43:54 from

Congrats on the win! And great that you could run this one for Kory.

From Marlin on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 19:01:10 from

Nice run Jeff, I knew the race was yours i will post on my wall how my run was

From RivertonPaul on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 19:27:50 from

Congrats on the win on a training run.

From Jon on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 20:41:37 from

Wow, I'm gone for a week and everything blows up! So Kory got hit by a car? What happened???

Congrats on totally rocking the marathon- a win by 12 minutes!!! Overall win! Nice job, Jeff.

From Neil on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 01:04:51 from

Congrats! You're a machine. Three marathon wins in the first 8 months of 2010. I bet you could pick off Pokey and City of Trees if you were so inclined. Keep it up and looking forward to meeting you in person @ SGM if possible.

From Kory on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 01:40:30 from

Jeff- You put me in tears. I don't know what to say. I can't express it in words. Your friendship is important and that's all I know.

This really makes me determined and more positive than before to heal and to just to get back walking strong at first, and let God figure out what's next for me.

Jeff your going to go into STG with great confidence and you should.

From Kelli on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 11:01:12 from

Winning while on a training run, that is cool!!!! And super cool to dedicate it to Kory, I am sure he appreciated it.

From Holt on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 11:21:55 from

Good job Jeff - good set up for a strong race coming soon.

From Walter on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 21:44:05 from

Jeff, youre such a freaking stud! Way to mention Kory to the announcer. Great job on a good long run! Lets rally up and get in gear for SGM. I will ramp up my miles and try my damndest to keep up. boo yah!

From Adam RW on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 22:11:01 from

Jeff, You always impress me as both a runner and a person. Congratulations.

From Kory on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 23:15:14 from

Jeff - is a man that puts others in front of his own values and has a big heart. God Bless Him. You guys all explode the STG course. I'll be thinking of you.

From Bret on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:45:04 from

Congratulations Jeff - very impressive.

From Scott Ensign on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 15:50:42 from

Jeff, nice win, great job. 20 marathons, that is an amazing accomplishment. big congrats

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