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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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
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: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-01-23 07:29:16
Workout Totals: Distance22.675Time2:52:10.80Pace7:35.60
Ended up with 22.5 miles somewhat on accident. Was originally planning on only 16. First ran with Benjamin and his friend David. We did a warm-up. Then David turned around a bit early, Benjamin and I went further and ran a 3 mile tempo. The road conditions were better than last week, but far from perfect, and it was also cold enough to where I could feel it. I ran 16:54 with the splits of 5:40, 5:39, 5:35. The end was fast not so much because I was strong but because there was less slippage.

Benjamin got 15:39 running 5:20 for the first 1.25, and 5:08 for the rest of it.

Then I did a workout with the kids. Sarah dropped us off at the start of the same 3 mile tempo, and we ran it down the canyon. Benjamin paced Jacob, I paced Joseph, Julia paced William until I came back, Jenny ran alone. Joseph got 18:44, Jacob 18:49, Jenny 20:00, Julia 22:32, William 22:45.

Then I ran 200 meters with Matthew and we headed home - Jacob and older on foot, the rest with Sarah in the van.

At home I ran 1 mile with Jenny and Stephen, and then Sarah wanted to do the same 3 mile tempo run. I drove with her to the start, paced her to 23:44 (8:06, 7:57, 7:41), then ran back to the car up the canyon while she ran home.

Benjamin did 15, Jenny 6, Joseph, Jacob, and Julia 5, William 3+, Stephen 1, Matthew 0.125. I got to run with every running family member today, which is everybody except Mary. It was a good day.
Leg 1:Distance5.360Time43:51.00Pace8:10.86
Warm-up with Benjamin and David.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time16:54.60Pace5:38.20
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance1.640Time14:05.10Pace8:35.30
Back to the house.
Leg 4:Distance0.350Time3:51.50Pace11:01.43
Kids warm-up.
Leg 5:Distance3.560Time22:45.70Pace6:23.62
Tempo run with the kids.
Split 1:Distance3.000Time18:44.70Pace6:14.90
With Joseph. Splits 6:21, 6:15, 6:08. Jacob got 6:23, 6:13, 6:13.
Split 2:Distance0.300Time2:05.40Pace6:58.00
Back to William and Julia.
Split 3:Distance0.260Time1:55.60Pace7:24.62
With William.
Leg 6:Distance0.125Time1:20.00Pace10:40.00
With Matthew.
Leg 7:Distance1.640Time14:16.30Pace8:42.13
Back to the house with the kids.
Leg 8:Distance1.000Time9:29.30Pace9:29.30
With Stephen.
Leg 9:Distance3.000Time23:44.30Pace7:54.77
With Sarah.
Leg 10:Distance3.000Time21:53.00Pace7:17.67
Alone up the canyon to get the car.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 22.67
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
From steve ash on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 21:20:10 from

Nice 3 mile stretch on that run Sasha.

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