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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: 23.00 Month: 23.00 Year: 2763.07
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 9076.91
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: 1124.76
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 1200.07
Saucony Fastwitch White 2019 Lifetime Miles: 301.83
Saucony Guide Yellow 2019 Lifetime Miles: 342.50
Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:38:54, Place overall: 19, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Got up at 3:30am and was out the door with Tom, Kim and Terry to get to the buses by 4:45. I had my traditional breakfast (Poptarts, banana) and some PowerBar Ironman Peform drink.  Met up with Clyde, Dave, Logan, Steve, James, Mike, etc. for the ride to the start.  Chatted with Bill Mandler in the elite area, then got in the corral and met up with the guys including Walter and Ben with whom I was going to run with to try and hit 2:30 or less.

Started off in a large group and ran the first 7 miles with the guys (Clyde, Dave, Walter, Ben, Joe, Justin, Tyler and myself and another 1 or 2 guys).  Running up Vejo, Walter and I hung back and ran a slightly slower pace and let the group go hoping to make up the time on the downhill.  By the top of Vejo, we were about 15 seconds back.  I had placed PowerBar Gels and PowerBar Ironman Perform sports drink out on the elite tables and they really helped today with my energy level and the heat.

At mile 10, my insides really started to tumble and I had to stop at mile 12 for a pee break and in the the port-o-potty at mile 13 for about 1 minute.  Walter had put some distance on me and a few others had gone by, but I started to feel better and picked up the pace.  I was running better but so was everyone else and I was not making up any distance.  I knew now that sub 2:30 was gone, but still had hopes for faster than last year.

Around mile 18 I started to catch back up with some of the others but a couple of guys caught me as well.  I passed Joe and Walter at mile 22 and was running ok, but not at the pace I needed to hit 2:30-2:34 range.  Coming into town, I passed 2 more guys then caught and dropped a guy at mile 25.5 (I have learned that you hammer by them so they are not tempted to go with you) and ran home into the finish just behind another guy (Ryan Jonson) at 2:38:54.  

My splits this year were either pretty much on the mark or about 30 seconds slower than I needed to hit my "A" goal.  Overall I am not really happy with the time as the weather wasn't as hot overall as last year (but it was the hottest starting temp in race history), but also can take the time considering the lack of good quality training this summer due to other life priorities (family, camping, work, etc.). 

It was really good to see all the guys and gals and hang out for a while.  I stuck around for a massage and some of the awards ceremony, then went back to the condo for about 3 hours at the pool with the kids (talked to Tom and Terry and another master's runner acquaintance named Kerry Green).

Another decent run, at least it was the fastest for this year and lower than my average for 26 lifetime marathons.  Heading home tomorrow, hoping my hips, ankle and foot start feeling better.

Here are my splits from the 3 years I have run this race:

2007 actuals

2010 actuals

2011 actuals

1-  6:00



2-  6:05



3-  5:42



4-  5:37



5-  5:47



6-  5:32



7-  5:29



8-  6:35



9-  6:20



10-  6:16



11-  6:33



12-  6:10



13-  5:51



14-  5:47



15-  5:27



16-  5:14



17-  5:30



18-  5:31



19-  5:56



20-  5:42



21-  5:21



22-  5:51



23-  5:31



24-  5:27



25-  5:44



26-  5:54



0.2- 1:17






Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 26.20
From JamesH on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 23:09:34 from

Good to see you again Jeff. Nice job today.

From Jon on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 23:32:38 from

Sorry you weren't real happy, but sounds like you found some bright spots- especially how this was your fastest marathon this year. Nice work.

From derhammer on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 00:14:12 from

Nice job, Jeff, especially in the less-than-ideal conditions. A stop at a port-a-potty and the heat and you were only 4 minutes off of your PR. Sounds impressive to me.

From flatlander on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 00:20:24 from

Same as DH for me, you were apparently in shape to get a PR if conditions had lined up better today. Great job, I think maybe the cloud cover kept the temperatures down just a little bit, although it was still plenty hot by the time I finished.

From allie on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 00:44:50 from

great race, jeff. i'm impressed by your consistency and your ability to pull off so many solid marathons in a year. nice job today.

From Kory on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 01:18:26 from

Great run Jeff enjoy the time with your family you've earned it.

From Adam RW on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 01:25:52 from

I think your 26th marathon is very significant as far as this 26 mile race goes. Sorry the weather didn't behave itself...

From Steve on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 01:28:55 from

Your training sounds like mine this year, just too much else going on. That's a great time!

From Rob on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 11:09:50 from

Hey Jeff, it was good seeing you again . Nice job today your consistency is very inspiring.

From Tom on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 11:24:35 from

Great job Jeff. Very solid performance as usual. It was great to get to know you are your family a little better.

From Superfly on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 11:29:53 from

Good job Jeff and thanks for being such a great guy. Sorry about the porta potty stops. Hope that you can figure out how to prevent that in the future. Hope the family had a fun weekend down here and have a safe drive home.

From Dan S on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 11:48:14 from

Excellent run Jeff. Sorry to hear that your stomach did not cooperate, but you recovered and still made a great time.

From Gary Horton on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 12:26:42 from

Nice job Jeff! It was a hot race but you did great. We need to start that running club in IF.

From Marlin on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 14:28:49 from

You are incredible!!!! Very nice Jeff that is a great time. We are very proud of you. have a great time down there and have a safe trip back home.

From Predog on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 15:19:16 from

Hey nice job on the race yesterday. I now know the feeling of not being satisfied, but you still ran well. It was good to meet you in person.

From Seth on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 17:16:36 from

Nice run! They can't all be perfect, but it must've felt good passing people up to the very end.

From Walter on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 22:07:07 from

It was a real gut wrenching day Jeff. We can concentrate on a great spring marathon together! Put it out of your mind and lets kick some but my friend!

From Curt on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 22:25:41 from

Sorry to hear you didn't hit your goal Jeff, but it was a very impressive race. Your pace is unbelievable and you should be proud of it. You inspire so many people around you with all you do. Congrats on another marathon.

From Little Bad Legs on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 23:31:09 from

26 marathons?! That's an accomplishment in itself. Sorry the day didn't turn out quite as you hoped. Quicker races in the future are yours to be had. Enjoy the downtime as you recover for the next one!

From JimF on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 23:35:29 from

Impressive how you consistently run good marathons. It is a testimony of your dedication. Hope you get to enjoy some more family time while there

From Merri on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 10:33:53 from

Way to go! I am in awe!

From Dave S on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 11:36:02 from

Nice job! it's impressive to see how fast you continue to run. Even your mediocre races are smokin fast.

From TBean on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 12:10:40 from

Great to meet another blogger and your family. You had a good run. We can always keep hoping for the next Great run where everything works out just right.

From josse on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 12:49:57 from

Great job on a very hot, tough day. It was fun seeing you fly down snow and race to the finish.

From Lily on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 15:20:26 from

Way to go! You're a stud!

From Bret on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 09:40:26 from

Jeff - sorry coming late to the comments - but I have been away; Nice work on the race with warm conditions; You really ran very well even if it did not quite meet your own high standards.

From Jake K on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 12:17:53 from

Nice job Jeff. It obviously wasn't an across-the-board PR day. You've been incredibly consistent this year... I know you didn't get the breakthrough run you were hoping for, but you've had lots of excellent races, and seems like you've been having lots of fun w/ the family as well, which is the most important thing.

I'm pretty envious of your upcoming R2R2R run!

From sflores on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 14:48:09 from

Great job!!! If you didn't have to make pit stops you would have been close!!!! either way kick please do not swear time!!!

From Paul on Sat, Oct 08, 2011 at 12:00:41 from

Nice job out there Jeff. It's a solid run.

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