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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew, and Mary.  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: 0.00 Month: 153.15 Year: 450.28
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 606.85
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Black Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 2604.35
Khaki Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1046.69
Camouflage Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 569.80
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-02-15 08:59:25
Workout Totals: Distance10.500Time1:18:42.10Pace7:29.72
More or less usual day, usual distances. Did a pickup on the hill.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time22:51.50Pace7:37.17
With William, Jacob, and Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance7.000Time50:54.10Pace7:16.30
Alone, did a pickup on the hill.
Split 1:Distance6.845Time50:02.90Pace7:18.70
Split 2:Distance0.155Time0:51.20Pace5:30.32
Leg 3:Distance0.500Time4:56.50Pace9:53.00
With Matthew.

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 - 2017-02-14 08:31:32
Workout Totals: Distance11.060Time1:27:59.60Pace7:57.36
Usual day, more or less. Stephen set a course record for the 2.04 course breaking 17:00 for the first time - 16:52. I did a little pickup on the 0.155 stretch on the uphill in the middle of the run. Otherwise, usual runs for everybody.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time4:47.20Pace9:34.40
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time16:52.90Pace8:16.52
With Stephen - new record.
Leg 3:Distance1.020Time6:50.80Pace6:42.75
Alone, did a pickup uphill.
Split 1:Distance0.865Time5:59.40Pace6:55.49
Split 2:Distance0.155Time0:51.40Pace5:31.61
Leg 4:Distance7.000Time54:43.60Pace7:49.09
With Benjamin.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:45.10Pace9:30.20
With Matthew.

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 - 2017-02-13 09:04:16
Workout Totals: Distance16.740Time2:00:17.80Pace7:11.17
Did a tempo run with Benjamin. 3 down, 2 up, 3 down - total of 8. I got 48:20, splits 17:33, 13:21, 17:26, Benjamin 44:14, splits 15:54, 12:08, 16:12. The wind was tough on the uphill, neither one of us could move very well. We did OK on the downhill, though.

Matthew had a playing injury in his knee, tried to run, but could not. Otherwise everybody ran usual distances - more or less. Benjamin did 12, I did 16.
Leg 1:Distance2.500Time20:55.30Pace8:22.12
Leg 2:Distance8.000Time48:20.50Pace6:02.56
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance2.200Time19:17.00Pace8:45.91
Leg 4:Distance0.040Time0:25.50Pace10:37.50
A little bit with Matthew.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time23:52.20Pace7:57.40
With William, and Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:27.30Pace7:27.30
With Jacob.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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