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January 19, 2021

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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: 188.26 Year: 188.26
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: 1359.62
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Another cold day. 0F at the start, -2F at the finish. Ran with Ted at 4:45 AM. Usual 10.04. Did a tempo 2.5 in 14:59. Hard to run fast with 2.5 layers of clothes, on snow, in the cold, and that early. Not sure how much it slows you down, we'll find out when the roads clear up.

Afterwards, read Lesson 2 Tragedy or Destiny out of the church lesson manual. After the challenges of the run, my mind was very open to these words of President Kimball:

Being human, we would expel from our lives physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we were to close the doors upon sorrow and distress, we might be excluding our greatest friends and benefactors. Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery.

Ran with the kids in the afternoon. All three set a record for the coldest they've run it - 7F.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Paul Petersen on Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 12:23:43

Sasha, congrats on being named the #15 Male Outstanding Marathoner of the Year for 2006!!

Check it out everyone:

Rankings were based on number of marathons run, finish times, and finish places.

From Clay Simmons on Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 13:34:57

Yes Sasha that is quite an accomplishment, congratulations, and thanks for all your expert advise and this great web site to use, I do appreciate it.

From Dave Holt on Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 13:37:11

Congratulations Sasha - that is a very neat bit of recognition.

From Cody on Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 15:10:39


I am impressed! What a great year for you. I bet it is nice to receive recognition (from the running community) for all the hard work. Keep it up!

From Paul T on Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 19:42:21

My congrats as well, but I'm maybe more impressed that you actually go out and train at 4:45am in zero degree weather. When it hits single digits I head for the treadmill (or basketball court). That's probably the only thing keeping me from being the #15 Male Outstanding Marathoner of the Year. Well, maybe not the only thing. Seriously, I'm sure it contributes to why you are so good. You inspire the rest of us.

From Nick on Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 22:15:39

Nice work Sasha! Your intense training is leading you to great places!

From steve ashbaker on Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 15:09:03

Congratulations! I hope this will be the year of breakthroughs for you. Being on the list signifies a lifetime of work, sacrifice and dedication. And don't forget the wife who has supported you all the way. I know without Kim's patience and long suffering I would not be where I am today. Good Luck and God bless.

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