biking self portrait
  • Name: Nathan Johnson
  • Hometown: Lake Elmo, MN
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Birthday: July 3, 1981
  • Employment: Graduate Research Associate
  • Height: 6’0″ (182.88 cm)
  • Weight: 160 lbs (72.6 kg)

About me:

On my 29th birthday I weighed myself for the first time in over a year. I was shocked to see that I had ballooned to 220 pounds! I knew from looking in the mirror everyday that I had gained a few pounds along the midsection, but I never would have guessed it was so much. To make matters worse, people at the office still said I was “skinny” and I believed them. I had fallen into the trap that grips so many Americans: I was part of the epidemic of overweight and obese people. Make no mistake, I had a decent life, but I knew I could do better. So right then and there, I decided I would finish a marathon by my 30th birthday. That was the start of my transformation into who I am today.


2012 goals

Personal records:


First race: Havasu Half April 9, 2011

Marathon: 3:50:53 at Whiskey Row Marathon May 14, 2011
Half: 1:42:02.30 at 2011 Havasu Half April 9, 2011
8mi: 1:04:33 at Saguaro National Park September 5, 2011
10k: N/A
8k: N/A
5k: 20:14.4 at TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk 2011 June 5, 2011


First race: Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon on July 3, 2011

Sprint: 1:26:55 at Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon July 3, 2011
Olympic: N/A
Half IM: N/A
Ironman: N/A


First race: N/A
Upgrade to Cat 5: N/A
Upgrade to Cat 4: N/A
Upgrade to Cat 3: N/A
Upgrade to Cat 2: N/A
Upgrade to Cat 1: N/A


First race: N/A

50 meter free: N/A
100 meter free: N/A
200 meter free: N/A
400 meter free: N/A
800 meter free: N/A
1500 meter free: N/A


3 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: PRs and other musings « Run Nathan Run

  2. Hi Nathan! I love to run, but it’s so friggin hot right now, where are your favorite spots? Ususally I go to Sabino Canyon, but because its so hot – the only time that would be decent is at dusk and I am afraid that I will run into a rattlesnake or Mtn lion! I like to run 3 to 5 miles – any suggestions?