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November 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: 118.81 Year: 3380.28
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: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-04-21 09:22:49
Workout Totals: Distance4.030Time32:54.60Pace8:09.98
I turned 42 today. Jacob, and Joseph did a mile time trial of sorts in the canyon. I told them to just go quick and enjoy the speed with no particular goal in mind, just something faster than what they did on the track. They went through the first half mile in 2:55, then Jacob more or less maintained the pace, but Joseph sped up. Joseph got 5:43.3, Jacob 5:50.4.

Julia had the assignment to run the first half mile with the boys but she was not feeling well, so after trying to get her to go some decent pace for 600 meters I told her to just keep running straight to the mile at whatever pace she was running and sped up to catch with Joseph and Jacob. I really had to move because I was already about 10 seconds behind. So I hit 800 in 3:01, and then caught up to Jacob at around 1000 meter mark. I stayed with him until 200 meters to go, and then surged to catch up to Joseph so I could time him.

Julia finished in 6:40.1. Then we ran home.
Leg 1:Distance0.750Time6:37.80Pace8:50.40
Warm-up with Joseph, Jacob, and Julia.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time6:40.10Pace6:40.10
The time trial.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:43.30Pace5:43.30
Joseph's time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:07.10Pace0:00.00
Waiting for Jacob.
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:49.70Pace0:00.00
Waiting for Julia.
Leg 3:Distance2.280Time19:36.70Pace8:36.10
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-04-21 11:19:06
Workout Totals: Distance9.000Time1:10:29.50Pace7:49.94
With Benjamin after his Computation and Optimization 2 final.
Leg 1:Distance9.000Time1:10:29.50Pace7:49.94

White Crocs 1 Miles: 13.04
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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