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September 22, 2019

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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: 146.13 Year: 2768.94
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 22.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-04-12 08:08:55
Workout Totals: Distance8.616Time1:11:37.50Pace8:18.78
Benjamin did 2x2000 + 1000 workout with long recoveries in between. I gave him the target of 6:10 and sub-3:00 for the last 1000. He ran 6:09.7, 6:10.7, and 2:47.6. I think we are still in the Pavlov's reflex. He felt the 2000s were hard, in the last one he slowed down to 76 in the 4th lap, but then he picked it up so much in the last 200 that he dropped me while I was doing a quarter, and his 1000 was a complete surprise for me - I thought he might run 2:55 if he kicked, well, he did kick quite well in 31, I could not sprint that fast, but he got to the 800 in 2:16 already.

Clearly, he was not physically maxed out by the 2000s, but mentally they were hard. We need to figure out something - he is ready to move up a level.

I did 3x400 with a brief recovery (however long it took Benjamin to run a lap in between) for each of the 2000, and 400 + 200 in his 1000. I held back some in the 400 knowing that I would need to run a fast 200 shortly.

Details below.

Do not remember what the kids did, I think they ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.591Time13:14.30Pace8:19.25
Warm-up, strides.
Split 1:Distance1.030Time8:11.30Pace7:56.99
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:16.20Pace4:21.29
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:41.80Pace11:14.19
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:17.10Pace4:35.81
Split 5:Distance0.375Time3:47.90Pace10:07.73
Leg 2:Distance0.944Time6:09.70Pace6:31.63
First interval/400 session.
Split 1:Distance0.248Time1:13.60Pace4:56.77
Split 2:Distance0.100Time1:13.30Pace12:13.00
Split 3:Distance0.248Time1:13.40Pace4:55.97
Split 4:Distance0.100Time1:15.00Pace12:30.00
Split 5:Distance0.248Time1:14.40Pace5:00.00
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time10:34.00Pace10:34.00
Leg 4:Distance0.944Time6:11.90Pace6:33.96
Second interval/400 session.
Split 1:Distance0.248Time1:13.10Pace4:54.76
Split 2:Distance0.100Time1:14.10Pace12:21.00
Split 3:Distance0.248Time1:14.60Pace5:00.81
Split 4:Distance0.100Time1:16.50Pace12:45.00
Split 5:Distance0.248Time1:13.60Pace4:56.77
Leg 5:Distance0.625Time6:30.40Pace10:24.64
Leg 6:Distance0.472Time2:48.60Pace5:57.20
Benjamin's 1000, mine 400 + 200.
Split 1:Distance0.248Time1:11.50Pace4:48.31
Split 2:Distance0.100Time1:04.60Pace10:46.00
Split 3:Distance0.124Time0:32.50Pace4:22.10
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time9:08.20Pace9:08.20
Back to the house.
Leg 8:Distance2.040Time17:00.40Pace8:20.20
More distance with Benjamin - I think we had Joseph and Jacob with us.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 8.60
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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