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November 27, 2020

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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: 232.17 Year: 3533.69
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: 734.48
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Started with a 4 mile warm-up, then did 6x100 uphill near the house. The splits were 18.3, 18.1, 17.8, 17.6, 17.0, 17.0. 17.0 is my new record for that stretch. No hamstring problems. I was happy about both the speed and the safety progress.

Then I ran 6.25 with Benjamin. We did 2x100 as well, this time coming out of the canyon, so I would say aided, but for a sprint it is not so much. I've done a workout once where I I did 100s in the canyon, then immediately drove to the track, and was able to repeat the "aided" times on the track. Those were not slow for me either, somewhere around 14.6 - 14.8. That was back in 2005. Our times today were 15.0 and 14.8. I was happy about that, not only the times, but also how it felt. I could visualize myself running 800 if not the mile like this if I could just find a way to relax some more, and be more efficient. Even though I could not find a way to run faster, I felt it was not because of strength, but more because I did not know what to do with my legs at those speeds.

Then I did 2 miles with Jenny and Julia. Total of 12.25. 

P.M. Jacob and Joseph ran a mile time trial on the track at Orem High. I paced Joseph while Benjamin paced Jacob. Joseph ran 7:09.3 with the following splits by 400: 1:44, 1:49, 1:47, 1:46, and 3 seconds for the last 9.34 meters.  Jacob ran 8:00.4. His splits were fairly even with around 2:00 - 2:01 per lap, and his last lap was 1:58. 

Green Crocs 3 Miles: 13.25
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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