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December 04, 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: 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

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-01-18 08:14:33
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
20.000 2:33:47.00 7:41.35
20 mile run. Benjamin did 12.9, Jenny 4, Julia 3, Joseph 4, Jacob 2, William 1. Benjamin and I did a workout - 1 mile tempo up the canyon, and then 4 mile down. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
4 35:11.70. 8:47.92 With Joseph. Benjamin ran 2 with Jacob.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.000 35:11.70 8:47.92  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.3 19:04.70. 8:17.70 Warm-up with Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.300 19:04.70 8:17.70  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 5:47.80. 5:47.80 Tempo mile up the canyon. Was happy to hit a solid sub-6:00.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 5:47.80 5:47.80  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.1 20:10.30. 9:36.33 Recovery jog up the canyon.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.100 20:10.30 9:36.33  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
4 22:43.80. 5:40.95 Tempo down the canyon from the Nunn's Park highway bridge to the magic spot on the trail exactly 4 miles away. Our splits were 5:47, 5:40, 5:40, 5:36. This run was easy for Benjamin, and not yet too hard for me either, but it provided good stimulus at the end of the week and in the middle of a long run.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.000 22:43.80 5:40.95  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.5 13:55.90. 9:17.27 Cool-down to the house.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.500 13:55.90 9:17.27  
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
5.1 36:52.80. 7:13.88 Ran this one alone. Did a pickup for 2K in the middle.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.100 23:25.40 7:33.35 From the house to the magic spot in the canyon, then back to the 2 mile mark from the house - easy pace.
2 1.250 7:30.50 6:00.40 Tempo pickup. Struggled to keep the pace - had to concentrate.
3 0.750 5:56.90 7:55.87 Cool-down to the house.

Green Crocs 6 Miles: 20.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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