Read it a – what a great life you have carved out for yourself and your family.
Just wished we lived closer and see you more often. We are doing okay.
Your family of well wishers
really great, jay. i’m in awe of what you have been able to accomplish the past couple of years and i look forward to reading about where your running takes you next!
I can’t even find the words to express how proud I am. I can still remember us both complaining about our warm up run for boot camp. You have set the bar, my friend. I’m sure Petra is very proud of her daddy. Best of luck. I am in awe!
I love your blog!! We have never met but I have been following you for sometime now. I first read your blog when I came across your Zane Grey race report.
I started running trails in High School for cross country but really got hooked on trail running when I came out to ASU for college. I never did races or anything but just ran for the joy of it and the adventure of exploring the outdoors.
I didn’t even know there was such a thing as trail races until last year when a friend came to visit and decided to run the Cactus Cha Cha 7 mile trail race. I figured I get bored just sitting around and signed up for the mini cha cha which was a 3 mile run. It was a great experience and after the race I started looking into other trail races in the area. I discovered the Aravaipa Trail and Ultra series and signed up for the Pass Mountain 9k. The fact that people were running 20k’s let alone 50k’s was mind boggling to me. Then I read about 50 mile and 100 mile races and thought, “these people are insane… I need to do that 🙂 ”
Since that time, I’ve been slowly been adding miles in an attempt to prepare for these ultra type distances. It’s been a long slow process with a few health setbacks along the way (non-running related). Despite that I ran my first 50k in July at the Tahoe Rim Endurance run and I am up to 70+ miles a week now. I hope to peak somewhere in the low 100’s about three weeks prior to the JJ100.
I thought I’d just write and let you know that you’re running and dedication is an inspiration to me and that your work is touching people you haven’t even met.
Hope to see you on the trails!
PS: If you want to bore yourself to death, take a look at my blog at http://www.runningonallfours.com. I think I need blog help even more then I need running advice, which is saying a lot – lol (your blog is the best running blog I have seen both in look and content). If there is anything interesting on my blog it’s in the “Episodes of Running on All Fours” section where you can find my video recap of the Tahoe 50k. I plan to create additional episodes for each race.
On another note, I am sorry for your recent loss of your dog. My site is called “Running on all Fours” because I am coached by my dog, Phantom and my training partner is our other dog, Sterling”. One of the eventual goals of my blog is to create a running resource for those interested in running and training safely with their dogs.
Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad you enjoy reading it and please pass it on to friends so I can keep the blog going. You are right on target for JJ with that kind of mileage and Tahoe Rim is one tough warm up run. Nice work on that run. I will definitely check out your blog and if you don’t mind I will add it to sites I read. One of the biggest things I have learned from other ultra runners is practicing time on your feet is just as important as mileage. If you can train your body for long hours of just moving along you will do great. Look forward to meeting you at JJ.
I am so happy you joined the Bandidos Jay!!! Your story is so inspirational!
Just read some of your stories, good stuff. I am a Nanny Goat local, live in Riverside. Coming to the JJ100 for my 1st 100 miler, hope to meet you there.
Thanks for reading Steve. I really enjoyed Nanny Goat and will be back next year unless Western States draws my name.
Really enjoying your site Jay. I’m a fellow Arizonian (Gilbert) who has recently found my passion for ultra-running after years of cycling, running and triathlons. I am signed up for the Aravaipa DRT (Ultra) Series this year and would love to meet you at the upcoming Cave Creek race (look for the clown hair!). Enjoyed your LeanHorse race report – you should try the Black Hills 100 this year…beautiful course, tough elevation (my first 50 miler).
Keep the streak alive and best wishes to you!
Hi Jay, never knew you had this out there but just stumbled across it when I saw a link to your Javvy 100 race report. Great to learn a little more about one of the Valley’s top ultra runner’s, I generally know that if I’ve got you anywhere in my sight I’m probably running out of fitness level. I run the McDowells all the time too and will be ramping up the trail miles after I complete a road marathon I’ve been focusing on next week (Vegas), so I’m sure I’ll be seeing you in the McD’s or Aravaipa races soon! Just sent in my app for 3 Aravaipa 50K’s yesterday.
P.S. I had started a blog, then stopped for a while, but was going to crank it up for the winter running season; seeing yours has inspired me to quit screwing around and do it right. It’s rudimentary but you might enjoy my writeup on my Grand Canyon R to R to R run last year….. http://azrunnersblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks Jules. I really appreciate the nice feedback on the site and I look forward to checking your site out this week when I return. Glad to hear you signed up for the rest of the 50K series, you can give the field some good competition. I will most likely run San Tan and Mesquite but I am skipping the Frenzy and Coldwater so I can get ready for Bandera 100k in January. Hopefully I can stay within a couple hours of the leaders.
Hi Jay, came across an article in the newspaper about you and your Dad. It hit a personal note, so I came here to tell you I hope to meet you, someday, and say you’re not alone. At 58, my Dad died, too, of a heart attack. I was an only child, and my Dad was more my best friend than a Dad. After my parents divorced, I lived with him. I used to run 1/2 marathons at 6.5 minute miles. I stopped running when he died. Now, I’m running, again, losing the weight I gained. It still hurts that he’s gone. I’m married and have 3 kids. Thanks for your inspiration.
Jay, I’m getting over loaded with info as I look for a watch. Hope you can narrow my search. I need … Time of day, chronograph, heart rate, distance and accumulated elevation change. Best if HR, distance, chronograph are on face of watch as I hike.. Will Garmin 910XT give me this?
I use the 910xt from Garmin and haven’t found anything better. It does a good job on elevation ascent and descent and has a built in altimeter. You can get up to 4 features to show at a time on the face and it will flip between 3-4 screens so you can see other information. I have a blog on the 910 vs 310 on http://www.trailrunningclub.com. Hope this helps.
Thanks Jay, I’ll tell Santa.
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Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter that will benefit you. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access…) I am currently following you now and am awaiting your follow-back…
All the very best to you & your family for the rest of 2013 & beyond Jay. Look forward to hearing from you…
(PS. Jay, should you follow back, I’ll be mentioning you in my #FollowFriday #Shoutouts this Friday…)
Hi Jay and just wanted to introduce myself and tell you how I enjoyed your book for variety of reasons. First and foremost is that I am your second cousin and grew up same grade as Patty and older cousin of Tom living in same area in Michigan till we all went away to various schools and jobs. I live in Colorado and did not know Tom as an adult so this book was a connection for me that was awesome although I do stay close to his Mom it was so great to hear from your perspective. Nice to meet you young man and best wishes with all your passions.
Thank you for taking the time to read the book and introducing yourself. it is great to hear from family members. I’m glad to hear you’re still close with my grandma and look forward to meeting you someday.