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February 17, 2018

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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 100.70 Year: 438.37
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1789.60
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-08-09 08:10:12
Workout Totals: Distance10.540Time1:21:49.20Pace7:45.77
Total of 10.5. Paced Sarah through 2 miles down the canyon in 14:57.8 (7:41,7:16) - her first time under 15:00 on that course. Then ran some more distance. Kids ran mostly on their own except I ran with Jacob (5) and Matthew. Joseph was at the Bear Lake, I assume he ran there. Matthew set a new PR in 800 on the track without the holding the hand - 4:01.7. His splits by 100 were 26,29(55),29,32(1:56),28,34(2:58),30,33.

He has matured a lot emotionally in the last 4 months, and was emotionally steady most of the way except for the occasional rough patches from which he was able to recover - except for the rough patch in the last 100 meters. Compared to 4 months ago this is night and day - back then he would lose it around 200 meters in a 400 and never recover. In terms of talent, he might be our first sub-8:00 miler before turning 5. However, this will depend on how he will mature emotionally in the next few months.
Leg 1:Distance1.020Time9:32.40Pace9:21.18
With Sarah - warmup.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time14:57.80Pace7:28.90
Sarah's tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance2.020Time14:38.50Pace7:14.90
To the house.
Leg 4:Distance5.000Time38:38.80Pace7:43.76
With Jacob to the car.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:01.70Pace8:03.40
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 2 Miles: 0.50Red Crocs Miles: 10.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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