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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 - 2014-09-30 08:32:42
Workout Totals: Distance12.390Time1:33:46.50Pace7:34.12
Total of a little over 12. Did a tempo run with Benjamin. Kids raced cross country - all except Jenny, she stayed with Sarah. Jenny and Julia made the agreement that Julia will get to race since she has a chance at winning the series in her age division.

The race was 3 K. Joseph ran 12:39, Jacob 13:09, Julia 14:02, and William 16:36. The course may have been shorter than last time. Everybody won their age division except Joseph who was second. His performance was good, but his competitor James Harrison who beat him in the 2 K earlier ran better - 12:22.

William for some reason ran slower today compared to his last two races.
Leg 1:Distance4.700Time37:38.10Pace8:00.45
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time16:41.40Pace5:33.80
3 mile tempo down the canyon with Benjamin. Neither one of us was feeling that great. We even slipped and ran a 90 second quarter from 0.25 to 0.5. Then Benjamin gave it a good push and that did me in. The first mile was 5:33, then we did 5:23, and with 1200 to go I was spent and all I had for the last mile was 5:45. Benjamin held a more or less steady 5:20 and finished in 16:14, but did not feel like going any faster. My problem was the lack of sleep and I was feeling the heart skipping beats, so I took a nap later in the afternoon.
Leg 3:Distance1.690Time14:54.10Pace8:49.05
Cool-down with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time5:10.00Pace10:20.00
With Stephen and Jenny.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time7:30.40Pace7:30.40
With Jenny. This was hard for her - anemia has sapped her endurance. But she has strong muscles and good short speed, so she ran the last quarter in 96 and got a decent time.
Leg 6:Distance1.500Time11:52.50Pace7:55.00

Black Crocs Miles: 12.39
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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