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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 - 2019-08-08 08:52:16
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:29:26.70Pace7:27.22
In Rexburg. Easy runs for the most part. Julia made a breakthrough in climbing out of her fitness dip. She ran 1 mile in 6:20. It was technically slightly aided, 16 feet of drop, but at 4900 feet. We did measure it with the wheel. Joseph, Jacob, William, and we all running slower even on the downhill direction of that mile that we would have expected from the effort.

So I was quite happy that she was only 6 seconds of her PR which she set in on March 9th last year. She had not been able to get close to that time in almost a year and a half.

Joseph, Jacob, William, and Stephen ran easy at the scout camp. Benjamin and Jenny ran at home - usual distances. Benjamin did a 2 mile tempo at 5:20 pace.
Leg 1:Distance2.000Time15:26.30Pace7:43.15
Mostly alone, a little bit with Derrick.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:16.30Pace7:16.30
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time21:06.80Pace7:02.27
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:59.20Pace7:59.20
With Julia.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time6:20.40Pace6:20.40
Julia's fast mile.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:44.00Pace7:44.00
With Julia.
Leg 7:Distance0.500Time4:43.70Pace9:27.40
With Mary.
Leg 8:Distance1.000Time7:50.20Pace7:50.20
With Julia.
Leg 9:Distance1.500Time10:59.80Pace7:19.87

Neon Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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