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July 09, 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: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
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: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-06-05 07:55:25
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.255 1:40:30.60 8:12.09
Today was a breakthrough for Jacob. He ran a mile PR. He improved only by 1 seconds, but that did not matter - he broke the mental block. Joseph got some weird injury and could barely get through 0.5 mile with Stephen. Jacob ran total of 3 mile, Julia 3, Jenny 4, William 0.5, Benjamin 9. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.1 9:42.80. 8:49.82 Warm-up to the track.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.100 9:42.80 8:49.82  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 6:29.40. 6:29.40 Benjamin and I paced Jacob. He opened with 92, then ran two quarters in 1:40 each, but then found another gear and kicked in 95 with the last 200 in 45 breaking 6:30 for the first time. Later he told me how he prayed then night before that he would not be scared, and he felt his prayer was answered. I told him about Joseph Smith's experience battling the dark power and winning right before the vision of the Father and the Son opened, and explained that while our experiences are usually not so dramatic, this is a a pattern. You are attacked with darkness but you continue to pray and work your way through it until you see the light. I am glad Jacob gets to learn this at the age of 7.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 6:29.40 6:29.40  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.1 9:26.40. 8:34.91 Back to the house.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.100 9:26.40 8:34.91  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:17.70. 10:35.40 With Stephen, Jacob, Joseph, and Julia.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:17.70 10:35.40  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
5.5 45:38.00. 8:17.82 With Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 5.500 45:38.00 8:17.82  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.555 4:45.90. 8:35.14 With William. He got over the fever, but we ran less just to be sure.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.555 4:45.90 8:35.14  
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.5 19:10.40. 7:40.16 Alone.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.500 19:10.40 7:40.16  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 12.26
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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