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Idaho Falls,ID,United States

Member Since:

Oct 15, 2016



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

My slow and steady marathon progression (left out Huntsville 2015):

  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2014 (4:24:34)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2015 (3:41:55)
  • St George Marathon 2016 (3:37:44)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2017 (3:28:49)
  • St George Marathon 2017 (3:11:52)
  • St George Marathon 2018 (3:02:43)

Half marathons (Missing several):

  • Provo Haunted Half 2014 (1:40:31)
  • Utah Valley Half 2015 (1:34:30.1)
  • Inaugural Everglades Half 2016 (1:36:28)
  • Canyonlands Half 2017 (1:33:22)
  • Bryce Canyon Half 2017 (1:31:49)
  • Pocatello Half 2017 (1:32:04)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Learn how to continue running with an ever more packed schedule of other things.

Upcoming races: Ogden Marathon (May), Pocatello Marathon (August), Big Cottonwood Half (September)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finishing a marathon in under 3 hours. This is actually my goal in my upcoming marathon in May 2019 (Ogden).


Happily married with one kid. Chemical engineer, now studying statistics. Although I've always maintained a healthy level of fitness, I didn't pick up running until junior year at BYU. Now I live in Idaho, where I leave for work at 4:30am and don't get home until 5:30pm. I try to get a short run in before work and on a blue moon I do a little something else after work. Some might call that a weekend warrior, but I make an honest effort during the week as well. Say hello!

Miles:This week: 8.00 Month: 213.02 Year: 700.42
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 429.59
ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Lifetime Miles: 157.15
Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Lifetime Miles: 41.00
Race: St George Marathon (26.219 Miles) 03:02:43, Place overall: 139, Place in age division: 19
Total Distance

Well this was a great race, and I wrote about 2 pages of things I wanted to remember about, when my computer crashed. Don't trust a 5 year-old macbook. 

This was by far the best I've done. A few weeks ago, I decided that I had a sub-3:05 in me, and thought it would be cool to try and qualify for Boston, even if I didn't get a fast enough to time to actually register. I also decided I did not have enough to get sub-3:00, so I am pretty satisfied with how I predicted my performance today. The first half I averaged a 7:05 pace, and for the full race I averaged a 6:58 pace, which I think aligns pretty well with the elevation profile of the race. Weather conditions seemed threatening at the start line, but the rain actually let up a few minutes before the race started, and there was little or no precipitation throughout the race and cooler temperatures than I've seen in the other two years that I've run this race. The winds were also low to nothing. I am happy with how I performed today in all aspects that are important to me (mental, physical, spiritual). When I approached the finish line, I had a pretty weak kick, but I didn't necessarily fade either so I view that as pacing the race pretty well. I don't think I could have squeezed any more than 10-20 seconds off of my time today. 

Race nutrition before and during the race. Thursday: Breakfast was a can of tuna with cream of wheat. Lunch was quinoa with roasted butternut squash and zucchini. Snacks were carrots and a green apple. For dinner, Cheyenne and I split a Subway sandwich (turkey breast with ALL the veggies!) and some homemade no-knead bread that Cheyenne made that day. When we got to SLC, my aunt had made us a tuna casserole, which we had to eat since everything she makes is amazing. Also snacked on mini wheats. Friday (more grazing throughout the day than actually defined meals): after an easy 30 minute run, I had a little yogurt with a 1/2 cup of oatmeal squares (a Quaker brand cereal). Also splurged on some fresh-picked tiny tomatoes from my aunt's garden. Later I had some very hot quick oats mixed with peanut butter. On the drive from SLC to STG I had some more homemade bread (very herb-y), a green apple, and about 1/2 of a high-fiber bagel. At the expo, I had more than my fair share of the oat-y and nutty samples at the Clif bar vendor booth, and some additional samplings of honey stinger waffle at another vendor booth as well (perfect way to stay consistent with the "grazing"). For "dinner", 2 simple small Krusteaz pancakes with peanut butter and a little syrup. Later, 1/4 of the same kind of bagel with cream cheese. 15 minutes before bed: Significantly diluted hot chocolate made from the various ingredients instead of a mix (cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sugar). Race morning, a serving size of hot quick oats mixed with peanut butter. At the start line, a 1/3 cut of not-quite-ripe banana, an orange slice, and a cup of hot chocolate. I didn't eat or drink anything for 1.5 hours before the race started. During the race: approximately 1/6 of a gel packet at every mile marker, except I abstained at 3 or 4 markers where I felt like I definitely didn't need it. In total, almost 4 gel packets. Other than 2 gel packets, I didn't get anything except water at aid stations, and I got about 2-3 sips of water at EVERY station. I did the whole race with 2/2 breathing.

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 26.22
Weight: 0.00
From Jon on Sat, Oct 06, 2018 at 23:27:59 from

Congrats on the BQ and continual marathon improvement!

From Donald Davis on Sun, Oct 07, 2018 at 06:13:27 from

Thank you Jon! It has been continually improvement. However, the Boston Qualifying times were recently adjusted and my time would not be considered a qualifying time anymore. The new standard for my age-gender group is 3:00:00.

From jtshad on Sun, Oct 07, 2018 at 16:10:23 from

Congrats on a strong race! Your training paid off and you hit what you thought you could do. Great job!

From Tom Slick on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 at 10:24:57 from

Way to bring it all together at the ST George Marathon with that outstanding 3:02:42 finish time!Have you considered running the Huntsville "Full

Monty" Marathon in Huntsville Utah in September of 2019? Huntsville is a double "BQ" run for the 2020 & 2021 Boston Marathon. Think about it!

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