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August 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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
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: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-10-07 07:33:19
Workout Totals: Distance10.336Time1:22:38.30Pace7:59.71
In Long Beach. Sarah ran the 5 K in 25:46. Her first mile was 7:24, then 8:15 with a bridge hill, and the third mile was straight out of a nightmare common to runners when all of a sudden the race course becomes some sort of an obstacle course. Except this was not a dream. The course was not as fast as we hoped for - too many bridge hills plus a disaster run through the Aquarium at the end. We should have known better. But Sarah, Julia, and Bella liked the beach.

I ran some with Sarah, some with Julia, and did a mile pickup on the beach trail - it had quarter mile markers - in 5:33.9. Total of a bit over 10.

Then drove everybody home. LA traffic is awful. Our GPS navigator saved us. But once we got out it was a very pleasant drive and it went by fast.
Leg 1:Distance2.050Time16:57.10Pace8:16.15
Warm-up with Sarah. She has been initiated into the Order of Real Runners. Right before the start she had to go to the bathroom, and of course the line was too long. So after some panic and excitement we found one at a nearby hotel.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time25:50.10Pace8:36.70
Sarah's race.
Leg 3:Distance5.286Time39:51.10Pace7:32.35
More distance with Julia + a mile pickup.
Split 1:Distance2.748Time21:58.90Pace7:59.95
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:33.90Pace5:33.90
Split 3:Distance1.538Time12:18.30Pace8:00.04

Red Crocs Miles: 10.33
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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