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September 19, 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: 90.98 Year: 2713.79
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 - 2016-05-27 09:02:32
Workout Totals: Distance11.015Time1:23:32.00Pace7:35.02
Total of 11. Benjamin did 10. Usual distances for the kids, except Stephen ended up with 2 miles due to his lack of effort in the morning - 10:07 mile with Julia in spite of her efforts to get him to go a respectable pace. I gave him a choice to run another mile to earn the fruit snacks, a fig bar, and a Russian movie. His standards are 9:40 for one fruit snack, 9:20 for two, 9:00 or one quarter 2:05 or faster during the run for a fig bar on top of the fruit snacks, 8:40 or one quarter 2:00 or faster for a Russian movie on top of everything else. He earned the Russian movie through 2:00 quarter at the end.

Benjamin was very much like that when he was 5. The deal was that if he broke 10:00 he got to choose the movie, otherwise I got to choose the movie. He would frequently go through the first quarter in 3:00 or so insisting that he could not go any faster. Then I would remind him of the consequences of running slow, and he always sped up to finish in something under 10:00.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time29:32.90Pace7:23.23
With Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance6.015Time45:15.90Pace7:31.52
With Benjamin. Did a "fat" 1 K.
Split 1:Distance5.300Time40:50.00Pace7:42.26
Split 2:Distance0.625Time3:41.00Pace5:53.60
Split 3:Distance0.090Time0:44.90Pace8:18.89
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:43.20Pace8:43.20
With Stephen.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 11.01
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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