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.
...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.
Benjamin and I did 1.25 down the canyon. Benjamin broke 6:00 for the first time with 5:58. I got 6:36 starting out with him, and then running my best pace once I lost contact. Kids ran their usual distances.
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Ran the first 600 with Benjamin in 1:50, fell back, made it to 800 in 2:28 then ran my best pace which was around 5:25-30 for some time, hit 5:11 split at the mile, then plopped big time in the last quarter even though I tried to hold the pace - 85. Benjamin ran 5:58 with the splits of 74, 72, 72, 70, and 70.
Cool-down with Benjamin.
With Joseph and Jacob. They were on the move today.
Did a 3 mile tempo run with Benjamin. Kids ran their usual distances except for Stephen who did only 0.25 recovering from a fever.
Warm-up with Benjamin.
3 mile tempo run down the canyon. Was able to stay with Benjamin in the first mile. His assignment was to start at some reasonable pace, and the accelerate with every mile. He ran 5:24, 5:15, 4:59. I did 5:24, 5:41, 5:40. Did not have much juice today.
12 total. Jenny, and Benjamin ran their usual distances, but I had others run reduced distances as a prevention because Stephen got a fever. So Joseph, Jacob, and Julia ran 2.04, and William did 0.5. Stephen did not run.
With Joseph and Jacob.
First half with William, then turned around and caught up to Jenny.