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August 12, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-04-14 09:11:00
Workout Totals: Distance20.671Time2:35:43.70Pace7:32.02
Did time trials with the kids on the track, then did 2 miles down the canyon with Chad. Total of 21 miles.

First we ran 2000 with Joseph and Jacob. The plan was to run the first 1000 in 3:20, and then hold on to the best pace. On paper it sounded simple - Joseph and Jacob hit a 1600 split of about 5:12-5:14 in the mile, so in theory we should be able to get to as far as 1600 in 5:20 and have something left for one more lap. In practice we ran into some glitches. First, 3:20 pace proved a bit hot for Chad and myself - I paced the first lap in 79 high, then Chad ran 82, and when I took over I could not shift gears to speed up, so we had 3:22 at 1000. Another problem was that Jacob's back was hurting and he dropped back after the first lap. And on top of that Joseph was just not on top of the game. He took over somewhere around 1000, and accelerated enough to make me hurt, but did not maintain and started fading pretty fast. So we had 4:03 (82) for the third lap, and then I stayed back with Joseph and we ran 86, 88 finishing in 6:57.1. Chad went ahead and finished in 6:52.

Then Chad and I paced William through an 800 time trial. He got a small PR of 2:49.3 (38,42,44,45). We also paced Julia through an 800 in 2:56.4 (83,93). Clearly both need to work on the second lap.

Then Chad and I went to the canyon and did 2 miles down. Both of us got the fastest times of the year - I got 10:48.4, and Chad had 10:50.0. We traded leads in the first mile (5:24). Then I got tired, and just drafted. But then Chad started to lose steam, so I took over in the last quarter and pulled a way a bit.

Leg 1:Distance1.561Time13:08.80Pace8:25.32
Warm-up with Chad, Joseph, and Jacob - part with William and Julia.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time8:00.10Pace8:00.10
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:18.70Pace5:01.61
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:38.00Pace10:12.90
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:19.50Pace5:14.52
Split 5:Distance0.375Time3:52.50Pace10:20.00
Leg 2:Distance1.248Time6:57.10Pace5:34.21
2000 meter interval with Chad 6:52), Joseph, and Jacob (7:14).
Leg 3:Distance0.500Time4:20.00Pace8:40.00
Recovery jog.
Leg 4:Distance0.496Time2:49.30Pace5:41.33
William's 800.
Leg 5:Distance0.250Time2:10.00Pace8:40.00
Recovery jog.
Leg 6:Distance0.496Time2:56.40Pace5:55.65
Julia's 800.
Leg 7:Distance1.500Time12:20.30Pace8:13.53
More distance with Joseph, Jacob, William, and Julia.
Leg 8:Distance0.980Time7:46.10Pace7:55.61
Warm-up with Chad.
Leg 9:Distance2.000Time10:48.40Pace5:24.20
2 mile tempo with Chad (10:50).
Leg 10:Distance5.640Time43:40.30Pace7:44.59
Cool-down with Chad, part with Jenny.
Leg 11:Distance5.000Time40:32.60Pace8:06.52
With Stephen to get the car.
Leg 12:Distance1.000Time8:14.40Pace8:14.40
With Matthew.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 20.67
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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