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October 16, 2018

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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 64.07 Year: 3079.90
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 903.91
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-06-04 07:12:27
Workout Totals: Distance5.000Time37:23.90Pace7:28.78
The kids ran the 1500 today at the meet at Weber High. The wind was good, but it was too warm at 11:00 AM for good times. Nevertheless, Joseph managed to run a PR, and Benjamin technically did run a PR as well. Times:

Benjamin 4:20.27 (66,71,72,51)
Joseph 5:11.67 (78,87,84,62)
Jacob 5:22.10 (79,88,87,68)
William 6:28.30 (95, ?, ?, ?)
Stephen 8:19.11 (2:00, ?, ?, ?)

Jacob suffered from being overheated in the last 300, could not move. William was having issues as well, some physical, some mental I think. Stephen's were mostly mental, which I think is typical for a 5 year old.

Benjamin looked strong, but very awkward. He felt like he could not push. The first 300 was good - he had some competition. After that the competition dropped back, and as soon as they did he downshifted from 64 pace to 72 and stayed there until it was time to kick. Towards the end Colby Hamson closed some of the gap, but not enough to make contact and motivate Benjamin to kick harder.

In the evening, Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, and I ran some extra distance. Benjamin did a 2 mile tempo run down the canyon in 10:10, splits 5:07, 5:03. After that he was overheated, but felt somewhat better when he changed his shirt to a lighter one.
Leg 1:Distance5.000Time37:23.90Pace7:28.78
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-06-04 20:27:36
Workout Totals: Distance6.600Time54:57.90Pace8:19.68
Evening run.
Leg 1:Distance3.300Time26:18.50Pace7:58.33
To the house from Canyon View Park.
Split 1:Distance0.980Time7:51.70Pace8:01.33
Split 2:Distance0.170Time0:55.30Pace5:25.29
Pickup with Joseph and Jacob when Benjamin caught up to us.
Split 3:Distance2.150Time17:31.50Pace8:09.07
Leg 2:Distance3.300Time28:39.40Pace8:41.03
Back to Canyon View Park with Benjamin to get the car.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 11.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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