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July 07, 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 - 2017-07-01 07:36:42
Workout Totals: Distance16.710Time2:04:06.50Pace7:25.63
Did a shorter long run to be fresh for Murray Fun Days. First paced Sarah through 2 miles down the canyon in 15:11 (7:44,7:27). Then did the 3 mile tempo in 17:21 with 0.75 up (4:25), 1.5 down (8:24), and 0.75 up (4:32 - 93,91,88). Then ran home, and ran with Joseph and Jacob back to the car with a detour for their downhill mile pickup. I stayed with Jacob and we ran 5:44. Joseph did 5:42.

There was a marked difference in the 3 mile tempo today. The headwind was stronger, which manifested itself in the first 0.75 being a bit slower. However, in spite of that, I was 7 seconds faster than last time in the last 0.75 (uphill). My legs also did not feel shaky when I finished. Whatever weakness I had that made me slow on the uphill after 2 hard miles has been partially corrected.

So the takeway from that is that right now I need this workout where I run 2+ miles hard and then finish for 0.75 hard uphill.

Joseph and Jacob did 6.69, other kids ran their usual Saturday distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time8:07.00Pace8:07.00
Warm-up - part with Sarah.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time15:11.20Pace7:35.60
Paced Sarah.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:27.70Pace7:27.70
Jog to the start of the workout.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time17:21.90Pace5:47.30
Out and back hill tempo.
Leg 5:Distance3.020Time21:52.20Pace7:14.50
To the house.
Leg 6:Distance6.690Time54:06.50Pace8:05.28
With Joseph and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance4.600Time38:35.30Pace8:23.33
Some distance to get tired.
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:44.60Pace5:44.60
Pickup with Jacob down the canyon.
Split 3:Distance1.090Time9:46.60Pace8:58.17
To the car with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 7:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Wrong button hit. Need delete function in my UI.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00

Camouflage Crocs 2 Miles: 16.71
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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