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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 - 2014-01-28 08:17:21
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
13.000 1:44:21.10 8:01.62
Total of 13. Benjamin did 10, Jenny 3, Julia 3, Joseph 4, Jacob 2, William 1. Benjamin and I did a tempo run, details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
4 35:26.30. 8:51.58 With Joseph.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.000 35:26.30 8:51.58  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
4.1 35:17.10. 8:36.37 Started at the 1.5 mark. Warm-up up the canyon to Nunn's Park.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.100 35:17.10 8:36.37  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 16:32.90. 5:30.97 3 mile tempo down the canyon. Benjamin's assignment was 5:20 pace in the first 2 miles, then try to go sub-5:00 in the last mile. My goal was to make to hold on for as long as I could - I was still having stomach issues and could not eat very well over the last few days. It showed. I made it to 0.75 in 3:57 and had to drop back. My mile split was 5:21, followed by 5:41 and a heroic effort in the last mile which gave me only 5:30. Benjamin went through the mile in 5:16, followed by 5:21 and 5:04. He did open the kick with two 75 quarters, but then lacked the juice to keep it and slowed down to 77s. So his total time was 15:41 - a decent result for the weather and the pacing. For a comparison, last week I ran 16:01. So 30 second slow down, well maybe make it 20 given that last week Benjamin pulled me the entire time going my pace while today I was on my own for most of the run. I suppose the difference comes from low glycogen. A good way to look at it is this is marathon conditioning and will help deal with the last 10 miles.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 16:32.90 5:30.97  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.9 7:13.40. 8:01.56 Cool-down to the car.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.900 7:13.40 8:01.56  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9:51.40. 9:51.40 With William.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 9:51.40 9:51.40  

Green Crocs 6 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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