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, Mary, and Bella. 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.
Good luck tommorrow Sasha! We're all rooting for you to do your very best! You've put in some 'charitable service hours' training the 'less fortunate' local runners (me)-- I hope some of that good Karma will come back to you in the form of feeling great on race day--wake up that sleeping tiger, right?
So Sasha i am going to bring up the subject, how do you advise on computing crosstraining miles? I remember you doing some X-country skiing this winter, did you do those mile for mile? Wondering because I usually start biking more as the fall rolls around and I'd like to keep track of these miles as accurately as possible.
Chad - I convert cross-country skiing miles at face value. For biking, if you have an HRM, and assuming you did a fairly steady effort, take your average HR, calculate the pace you would have to run to keep up that HR, add a minute per mile or so just in case, and then divide the ride time by the virtual pace. I think this works for a ride under 1 hour quite well. Of course, you need to keep your HR above what you would get at the slowest pace that you still call running.
Thanks for the input on the bike miles, i will begin to convert these miles into running miles, as of now I never do a conversion, but to keep track of overall output it is nice to see what i have done on the rolling mileage board, especially as i look back to see what i did on my training!
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