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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 - 2014-05-27 07:36:33
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
11.972 1:41:30.10 8:28.70
Total of 12. Benjamin did 9, including 400 on the track in 58.9. Jenny did 3, Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5. Joseph and Jacob pushed the pace on their 3 mile run averaging under 7:30.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 22:24.70. 7:28.23 With Joseph and Jacob. Joseph finished in 22:16. This was the course PR for both.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 22:24.70 7:28.23  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.62 14:39.50. 9:02.90 To the track with Benjamin, did 5 100 meter strides.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 8:50.40 8:50.40  
2 0.062 0:18.50 4:58.39  
3 0.062 0:44.20 11:52.90  
4 0.062 0:17.50 4:42.26  
5 0.062 0:52.30 14:03.55  
6 0.062 0:16.70 4:29.35  
7 0.062 0:55.40 14:53.55  
8 0.062 0:15.80 4:14.84  
9 0.062 0:57.30 15:24.19  
10 0.062 0:15.60 4:11.61  
11 0.062 0:55.80 15:00.00  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.14 0:58.90. 7:00.71 Benjamin's 400. I ran the diagonals to give him splits.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.070 0:28.60 6:48.57  
2 0.070 0:30.30 7:12.86  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.3 11:08.00. 8:33.85 Jog back home with Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.300 11:08.00 8:33.85  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.02 8:36.60. 8:26.47 Another mile with Benjamin on the big boy course pushing Matthew in the stroller.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.020 8:36.60 8:26.47  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9:28.70. 9:28.70 To the track with Benjamin and Jenny.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 9:28.70 9:28.70  
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.248 1:23.00. 5:34.68 Jenny's quarter. She did not have it today.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.248 1:23.00 5:34.68  
Leg 8
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 4:19.30. 8:38.60 A jog with Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 4:19.30 8:38.60  
Leg 9
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.124 0:40.40. 5:25.81 Julia's 200. We were originally planning on the 800 but she had diarrhea so we just had her run a quick 200 instead.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.124 0:40.40 5:25.81  
Leg 10
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9:23.30. 9:23.30 Back to the house.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 9:23.30 9:23.30  
Leg 11
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:17.90. 10:35.80 With Stephen
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:17.90 10:35.80  
Leg 12
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.02 9:17.70. 9:06.76 With William.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.020 9:17.70 9:06.76  
Leg 13
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 3:52.10. 7:44.20 Alone.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 3:52.10 7:44.20  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 11.97
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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