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August 15, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-08-23 09:02:32
Workout Totals: Distance8.992Time1:06:37.80Pace7:24.60
Track workout today. Paced Julia through 6:45.9 mile, then did 4x400 pacing William and Bonnie. Joseph and Jacob joined to help pace as well. William started out with a negative attitude and ran the first one in 84 dragging Bonnie back to 81.9 as well - the target was 80. Afterwards, I had a talk with him about fear. He was still having a bad attitude and tried to kick Joseph for pointing it out, so that required 5 attitude adjustment push-ups. The adjustment seemed to help - he did the rest of the workout without problems. Bonnie kept up on the second interval, but started falling back on the third and fourth.

Afterwards, Joseph and Jacob did 4x100 starting closer to 16, and finishing around 15.5 - 15.3. I skipped it due to racing TOU half in 2 days.

Usual mileage for everybody except me and Jenny - she ran only 4, and I ran only 9. I did a mile in 5:57 uphill in the canyon as well.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:36.80Pace7:36.80
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time6:45.90Pace6:45.90
With Julia.
Leg 3:Distance1.992Time16:33.40Pace8:18.69
4x400 workout with William, Bonnie, Joseph, and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance0.248Time1:21.90Pace5:30.24
Split 2:Distance0.250Time2:28.80Pace9:55.20
Split 3:Distance0.248Time1:20.00Pace5:22.58
Split 4:Distance0.250Time2:53.60Pace11:34.40
Split 5:Distance0.248Time1:19.80Pace5:21.77
Split 6:Distance0.250Time2:55.70Pace11:42.80
Split 7:Distance0.248Time1:20.40Pace5:24.19
Split 8:Distance0.250Time2:53.20Pace11:32.80
Leg 4:Distance5.000Time35:41.70Pace7:08.34
Alone, tempo pickup uphill for a mile in 5:57.4.
Split 1:Distance2.230Time17:22.20Pace7:47.35
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:57.40Pace5:57.40
Split 3:Distance1.770Time12:22.10Pace6:59.27
Leg 5:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Wrong button press.
Leg 6:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Wrong button press.

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 8.99
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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