Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Racing

STORY LINK (Iplayoutside)

*Chasing the stud (Matt Schiffbauer) up the first hill of the race.

Trail Race Map/Recap: Off-Road Trail 5K

Columbus Half Marathon

Beckley Half Marathon

WV 10K Champs--Clarksburg, WV

Varmint Half Marathon
Article Link: PYLES OF FUN Good and long race article!
Article Link (2): SWVA

Cleveland Marathon
Interview by Running Network (starts about 5minutes in and runs to a little past 10minutes)

1 (general with Marian quote at bottom)
2 (general with Marian quote in middle)
News (news station marian)
News 2 (news station top 5 results)
Examiner (brief story with both of us mentioned)

Mullens 5k

Joker_DJT3637 Joker_DJT3640
Joker 4-Miler

2011 MB Half 

*Picture Link to roughly 30 race pictures of Marian and myself

Jingle Bell Pictures

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CDR Articles (Pre and Post event)

Previous CDR experience(this year will make my 6th):
2011--1:26.57--5th Place (2nd WV, 4th USA)
*Toughtest CDR conditions in history of the event from all reports!
2010--1:25.44--1st Place
2009--1:22.23--8th Place (TOP WV, 3rd USA)
2008--1:25.47--4th Place (Top WV, 2nd USA)
2006--1:23.30--11th Place (Top WV, 3rd USA)
2005--1:23.48--9th Place (3rd WV, 4th USA)



Thursday, June 30, 2011

Charleston Gazette feature on "why I run"

Even on the worst of days, his running feels good

RUNNING great distances is one of the fun activities of Jason Pyles' life. But it can be painful. He knows it and is wonderfully indifferent to it.

He especially remembers running a marathon in Cleveland. "The last four miles were pure pain,'' he recalled recently, noting that cramps in his calf unleashed knife-like sensations through his leg.

As he crossed the finish line that day, he shouted out in agony.

But the rewards far outweigh the occasional discomforts. He not only enjoys the competition but finds it exhilarating to run through Kanawha State Forest at sunrise every day, not missing a single day in 2011 and averaging between 80 and 100 miles a week for the last 10 years. Even on days he describes as "easy,'' he runs 10 miles.

When he begins work as a substitute teacher this fall, he plans to arise at 3 a.m. each day to do his running and get to school on time. After all, he's a morning person and running is a priority.

"It's hard for me to imagine not running,'' he said. "It's something you can feel so good doing. It's just the enjoyment of doing it and how good you feel afterward. Sometimes even in the hardest workouts, that feeling of pushing, pushing, pushing feels good in a way.''

Pyles' passion is something that others shun. Athletes in the more traditional sports generally do it only as a mandatory part of their conditioning and, given a choice, would rather lift weights and stretch. Health specialists continue to emphasize the wondrous benefits of vigorous exercise, but most folks yawn.

The 5-foot-9, 138-pound Pyles, 30, is a Point Pleasant and Marshall graduate who was the University of Charleston's track coach for the last two years but expects to work in Kanawha County Schools in the fall.

Last September, he won the 15-mile Charleston Distance Run in one hour, 25 minutes, 44 seconds and expects to run the race again in September and for many years to come.

He once ran the Columbus Marathon in 2:29 and usually runs two or three marathons a year, as well as five or six half-marathons and races of other distances. He looks forward to them, despite the inevitable pain.

"The last 10 kilometers of a marathon are no fun. It hurts,'' he said. "That last mile of any race is going to hurt. And really the last half of a race may really hurt.''

But he's found ways to cope.

"A lot of it is mind over matter,'' he said. "If you're out there thinking that this hurts or this is hard, it won't be as enjoyable. But you have to keep a positive mindset, even on the roughest days. I just tell myself how truly blessed I am to be able to do it. I pretty much love every moment of it. With running, a lot of it is just staying positive. That's not to say there aren't rough periods and rough times. On the toughest days, not a single step feels good. I have those days where I just put one foot in front of the other.''

The rough times, he said, may be the result of fatigue.

"It might be pushing the envelope a little too much with training and getting a little too worn down,'' he said. "And you can hit periods where it's not enjoyable because your body is really, really worn out. And if you're really competitive, it sometimes can kind of play with your mind a little bit and you start wondering, What's going on.''

On workout days, he often sings songs in his head. On race days, he closely monitors his running pace on his high-tech stopwatch, knowing that running a few seconds too fast or too slowly per mile can have a big effect on his performance. He also knows that falling the slightest bit short of optimal fluid intake can cut two to five minutes off his marathon time.

Growing up in Gallipolis Ferry near Point Pleasant, Pyles showed an aptitude for running at an early age. Instead of riding his bicycle to the basketball court a mile away, he would run, either carrying or dribbling the ball. When the students in his grade school were required to run the fitness mile, he took pride in beating the older kids.

He plans to run the San Francisco Marathon on July 31. The air will be cool and the humidity low. He expects to have a great time.

Reach Mike Whiteford at 304-348-7948 or

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Race Pictures

2012 Running Pictures

2010 Columbus Marathon/Half

2010 Spring/Summer (few random race pictures)

CDR 15miler/5K (2005-2010)

Lots of Random Races (Google link)

Lots of Random races (Google link)

More Random (Shutterfly)
*Need to switch Shutterfly Albums over to Google for the link to open

Wedding Day Race (Shutterfly)

Chicago Marathon 2006 (Shutterfly)

College (Marshall University)

*Pictures Album Links:

*More Pictures:

(Miami Beach Half Marathon)

(Team Strands in Miami Beach)

(CDR 2009)

(CDR 2009)

(CDR 2009)

(Parkersburg Half 2009)

(Shamrock 8K--Va Beach 2009)

(Shamrock 8K 2009)

(Shamrock 8K 2009)

(Strands Photo Shoot 2009)

(Crew 5K-PR Race 2008)

(Parkersburg Half 2008)

(Huntington 5miler Challenge 2007)

(Summer Motion 10K 2008)

(CDR 2008)

(Crew 5K 2008)

(Marshall Half Marathon 2007)

(Richmond 8K--PR--2007)

(Reds 5K 2007--Got to throw out first pitch for winning!!)

(Huntington Half 2005)

(Summer Motion 10K 2006)

(Mizuno/Columbus 15 miler 2008)

(Summer Motion 2007)

(Run by the River 10K 2007)

(CDR 5K 2004)

Shamrock (2009)

Finish of the CDR 15Miler with the Capital in the background.