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August 24, 2019

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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: 173.50 Year: 2475.51
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1360.04
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-09-30 08:11:42
Workout Totals: Distance9.800Time1:11:54.30Pace7:20.23
Did not get good sleep last night, so I did not do anything formally fast today. Ran 1.437 up the canyon with the BYU team (7:39 for the first 1.25, then they slowed down to 6:24 trying to figure out what they were doing). This was quite an experience - I think compared to past years there were more of them and they were going faster. So as we went we kept sweeping off everything in front of us. Once in a while an unsuspecting runner all of a sudden would find himself in the middle of a teleported stampede.

I was surprised that the pace felt quite comfortable - I felt I could have run at least 6 miles like that if the grade stayed constant.

Then it was time for me to turn around - I actually went a bit further than I planned. I caught up to Jenny on the way back (she did 8), and both of us did the uphill quarter kick at the end - I got 76.9, she got 94.

Kids otherwise ran their usual distances - except I had Jacob run only 4 to help him recover better. We watched General Conference for the rest of the day.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time4:04.20Pace8:08.40
With Matthew, Jacob, William, and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance4.645Time33:51.10Pace7:17.27
Part with the kids, part alone, part with the BYU team.
Split 1:Distance3.208Time24:59.80Pace7:47.52
Most of it with Jenny.
Split 2:Distance1.437Time8:51.30Pace6:09.73
With the BYU team up the canyon.
Leg 3:Distance4.655Time33:59.00Pace7:18.02
Most of it with Jenny.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time7:18.80Pace7:18.80
Split 2:Distance0.187Time1:00.60Pace5:24.06
Caught up to Jenny.
Split 3:Distance3.218Time24:22.70Pace7:34.54
With Jenny.
Split 4:Distance0.250Time1:16.90Pace5:07.60
Kick uphill.

Red Crocs Miles: 9.80
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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