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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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.

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: 103.81 Year: 1820.96
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1909.35
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1119.99
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. 8 with Daniel in 1:05:03, then 2 more with Benjamin in 15:31.

P.M. 2 with Jenny, Julia ran the first 1.5. Do not remember the times, but it was around 9:30 pace average.

Brooks T4 Racing Flat Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Comments
From Mary Ann Schauerhame on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 15:36:17 from 71.219.89.124

Great job in the SLC 1/2!! I didn't realize you got a 1:11! Last year you got a 1:13 right? That's a big improvement! I'm so glad you ran well!

Here are the two news stories. The first one shows you running quite a long time at the start.

http://www.kutv.com/default.aspx

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=6200664

From Mary Ann Schauerhame on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 22:18:00 from 71.219.89.124

The ksl one has Jeff's interview.

Here's one where they wrote down my comments and mentioned the fastrunningblog and my fast running partners!:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705298240,00.html?pg=1

From Mary Ann Schauerhame on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 22:44:56 from 71.219.89.124

Here's a news video from the night before the race. They show you running last year's 1/2 marathon.

http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-utah-runners-to-participate-in-salt-lake-city,0,1734326.story

From wheakory on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 19:19:36 from 134.50.89.33

Sasha: I have a question about shoes. I know you have a pair of Brooks T4 Racer that you run in.

I have a chance to buy a pair of Brooks T5 Racer for really really cheap the only problem is it's a full size larger than what I normally wear. I usually go up half a size in running shoes so it would be a 1/2 bigger.

On your Brooks racers did you get them a half or full size bigger?

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