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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 eleven children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary,  Bella.  and Leigha. 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: 304.65 Year: 3606.17
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Neon Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 806.96
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Again ran at Grandview with Jeff and Benjamin. Benjamin ran 2 miles in 17:38 or so, I believe. The grass was cold, almost unbearably cold. It was good for my plantar to heel attachment inflammation. But it gave me some minor blisters. Not sure what to do tomorrow. Maybe I'll try wearing Five Fingers or Crocs on grass.

The grass was also splippery so it was difficult to run a good pace. I got lapped by the 3:00 per lap guy (7:46 pace), but then picked it up in the last three laps to a bit slower than 6:00 (which took some work on cold wet grass) and edged him at the end with 1:17:57 for 10.04.

P.M. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:35. He closed with a 2:08 quarter. That is very encouraging. Julia won the Thanksgiving 3-4 year old race in 2:00, and I do not believe anybody has ever run much faster than that. So he should be able to win unless there is another Joseph or unless Joseph has a fit. But he's never had a fit in a race. It is a lot of fun training little kids for a race. Mental preparation takes on a new meaning!

With Julia we did the mental preparation like this: "Julia, what are you going to do?" "I am going to run fast and win the turkey!". "What happens if you cry and stop?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What happens if you cry and walk?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What happens if you fall down, cry, and do not get up right away?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What happens if you get tired and slow down?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What are you going to do?" "I am going to run fast and get the turkey!"

Jenny and Julia ran their usual distances acompanied by Sarah on a bike. I did not feel like running any more on pavement, and also I was busy with Jeff's programming lesson.

Bare Feet Miles: 10.04Water Clogs Miles: 0.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 1.50Total Sleep Time: 9.00
From ChrisM on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 03:42:03 from

Have you stopped doing the explosive sprints, I haven't seen you blog that you have done any recently?

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 14:17:41 from

I am letting my feet heal.

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