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January 25, 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: 151.02 Year: 151.02
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: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-07-13 07:56:59
Workout Totals: Distance18.007Time2:20:02.10Pace7:46.60
Total of over 18. Eventful day. First we paced Julia down the canyon for 1.25 in 7:58. Looks like her training routine is working, she improved by 16 seconds from two weeks ago. Then Benjamin had the assignment to run 5:00 pace for 3 miles with the idea that Joseph, Jacob, and I would follow him until we could not or got to the mile. However, those plans did not quite materialize. Benjamin pulled us through the first quarter in 76, but then slowed down to 78. Something was wrong. Joseph and Jacob passed him, I hesitated for long enough for Jacob to open a gap, and then passed him also, but could never catch Jacob after that. Jacob ended up with 5:04 for the mile, I got 5:08. Joseph stopped at 0.75 (3:50). Benjamin just ran a bit faster than 5:12 pace for 3 miles and finished in 15:35. He explained later that he felt this was the right pace for his workout today and did not want to open in 5:00 and then either stop or deal with the fallout of having to run the rest of it after this kind of start.

Afterwards we did another 2 mile tempo down the canyon. I initially asked for 5:44 pace, but after the first 100 decided I wanted 5:36. Benjamin pulled me through the first mile in 5:38. I kept telling him to speed up until he finally sped up to 5:20 over the last 0.5 or so. We ended up with 5:27 for the second mile and 11:05 for 2 miles.

Then I ran with Matthew when we got home, and added a bit more than 4 with Jenny later in the evening.
Leg 1:Distance0.480Time4:10.00Pace8:40.83
Warm-up with Julia, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.250Time7:58.80Pace6:23.04
Paced Julia down the canyon.
Leg 3:Distance1.750Time14:11.60Pace8:06.63
Back to the start of our interval.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time5:08.90Pace5:08.90
Fast mile down the canyon. Part with Benjamin and Joseph.
Leg 5:Distance5.000Time40:24.30Pace8:04.86
Recovery jog/distance.
Leg 6:Distance1.387Time11:05.90Pace8:00.10
With Benjamin down the canyon.
Leg 7:Distance1.790Time15:06.50Pace8:26.42
Back to the car.
Leg 8:Distance1.000Time7:40.80Pace7:40.80
With Matthew.
Leg 9:Distance4.350Time34:15.30Pace7:52.48
With Jenny in the evening.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 18.01
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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