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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Best marathon: 2:23:57 (2007, St. George). Won the Top of Utah Marathon twice (2003,2004). Won the USATF LDR circuit in Utah in 2006.

Draper Days 5 K 15:37 (2004)

Did not know this until June 2012, but it turned out that I've been running with spina bifida occulta in L-4 vertebra my entire life, which explains the odd looking form, struggles with the top end speed, and the poor running economy (cannot break 16:00 in 5 K without pushing the VO2 max past 75).  


Short-Term Running Goals:

Qualify for the US Olympic Trials. With the standard of 2:19 on courses with the elevation drop not exceeding 450 feet this is impossible unless I find an uncanny way to compensate for the L-4 defect with my muscles. But I believe in miracles.

Long-Term Running Goals:

2:08 in the marathon. Become a world-class marathoner. This is impossible unless I find a way to fill the hole in L-4 and make it act healthy either by growing the bone or by inserting something artificial that is as good as the bone without breaking anything important around it. Science does not know how to do that yet, so it will take a miracle. But I believe in miracles.


I was born in 1973. Grew up in Moscow, Russia. Started running in 1984 and so far have never missed more than 3 consecutive days. Joined the LDS Church in 1992, and came to Provo, Utah in 1993 to attend BYU. Served an LDS mission from 1994-96 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Got married soon after I got back. My wife Sarah and I are parents of eight children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, and Matthew.  We home school our children.

I am a software engineer/computer programmer/hacker whatever you want to call it, and I am currently working for RedX. Aside from the Fast Running Blog, I have another project to create a device that is a good friend for a fast runner. I called it Fast Running Friend.

Favorite Quote:

...if we are to have faith like Enoch and Elijah we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 12.00 Month: 315.48 Year: 2377.28
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 583.97
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 433.62
Black Crocs Lifetime Miles: 196.06
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 28.56
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-07-29 07:52:28
Workout Totals: Distance13.245Time1:46:14.30Pace8:01.26
Total of 13. Jenny did 3, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 3, Benjamin 10, William 1, Stephen 0.5. Stephen got a record for 0.5 holding the hand - 4:20.

Benjamin and I did a workout. 1.25 up the Provo Canyon, then 3x400 down. Details below.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time25:26.70Pace8:28.90
With Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.300Time17:47.60Pace7:44.17
More with Benjamin to the start of the interval.
Leg 3:Distance1.250Time6:59.40Pace5:35.52
Interval up the Provo Canyon. The purpose was to break Benjamin's mental block against running uphill. He has an issue getting into a negative mental loop when running uphill. So I figured a 2000 up the Provo Canyon with the target pace of 5:36 per mile (7:00 for the interval) would be a good start.

He opened with 78, then 80. I made it that far with him. Then after about 1 K I could not keep the pace anymore. He followed up with 82, 83, 82 finishing in 6:47 - 13 seconds faster than the target.

I got 87, 88, 86 and managed to dip a little under 7:00 as well.
Leg 4:Distance0.250Time2:27.40Pace9:49.60
Recovery jog.
Leg 5:Distance3.365Time27:21.60Pace8:07.85
3x400 down the canyon.
Split 1:Distance0.250Time1:12.30Pace4:49.20
Benjamin got 66.9 on this one.
Split 2:Distance0.180Time1:56.30Pace10:46.11
Split 3:Distance0.250Time1:13.40Pace4:53.60
Benjamin got 62.5.
Split 4:Distance0.690Time6:50.50Pace9:54.93
Longer recovery.
Split 5:Distance0.250Time1:10.70Pace4:42.80
Benjamin got 60.9. I told him - this is how you run the 400 - in the first 200 the devil is riding on you, after that it is the bear while the devil laughs.
Split 6:Distance1.745Time14:58.40Pace8:34.84
With Benjamin back to the house.
Leg 6:Distance0.500Time4:20.10Pace8:40.20
With Stephen and Julia. He got a new record for the "hand-held" run with the splits of 2:13 and 2:07.
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time8:44.10Pace8:44.10
With William and Julia.
Leg 8:Distance1.580Time13:07.40Pace8:18.35
With Julia.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-07-28 07:04:00
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:32:56.30Pace7:44.69
Total of 12, 3 with Matthew in the stroller. Benjamin did 9, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time26:24.70Pace8:48.23
With Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time45:14.20Pace7:32.37
With Benjamin. Pushed Matthew in the stroller for the first 3.
Leg 3:Distance2.500Time17:20.80Pace6:56.32
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time3:56.60Pace7:53.20
With Julia.

Black Crocs Miles: 12.00Nike Double Stroller Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Black Crocs Miles: 12.00Nike Double Stroller Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 16.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 16.00
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