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January 20, 2021

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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: 188.26 Year: 188.26
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1359.62
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-12 07:43:39
Workout Totals: Distance13.400Time1:50:54.20Pace8:16.58
Did a workout with Benjamin, more or less the same one as last week. 3 mile tempo on an out and back course with two 180s with 0.75 up, 1.5 down, and 0.75 up in the canyon + 4x0.25 except this time 2 up followed by 2 down.

Benjamin paced me through the first 1.5 then took off. The splits were 86,87,89,82(5:44),82,82, then Benjamin 3:34 for the next 0.75 down followed by 87,80,79, myself 85, then 2:50 for 0.5, 93,90,88 - Benjamin 16:09, myself 17:14 - improvement over last week.

Then we ran the quarters, two up, and two down. I got 77.5, 78.7, 70.6, 69.8. Benjamin had 67,68,61,59.7.

I had Joseph and Jacob run a bit less today again to help them be fresh for Draper Days. We took the van to get checked at a car shop and then ran back.
Leg 1:Distance3.200Time25:56.70Pace8:06.47
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time17:14.70Pace5:44.90
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance0.750Time9:10.50Pace12:14.00
Leg 4:Distance0.250Time1:17.50Pace5:10.00
Up quarter.
Leg 5:Distance0.250Time3:24.00Pace13:36.00
Leg 6:Distance0.250Time1:18.70Pace5:14.80
Up quarter.
Leg 7:Distance0.250Time3:29.10Pace13:56.40
Leg 8:Distance0.250Time1:10.50Pace4:42.00
Down quarter.
Leg 9:Distance0.250Time3:09.90Pace12:39.60
Leg 10:Distance0.250Time1:09.80Pace4:39.20
Quarter down.
Leg 11:Distance1.400Time14:41.60Pace10:29.71
Leg 12:Distance3.300Time28:51.20Pace8:44.61
From the car shop with Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 13.40
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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