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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: 118.81 Year: 3380.28
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Easy run with Ted. Standard time, standard place. Legs still sore from Saturdays race - quads and gluts. Not too bad, probably a bit better than after Alta Peruvian last year. About the same as after the St. George Marathon. I am happy that the gluts are sore. It is a challenge for me to get them to work.

Ran in the afternoon with Benjamin. Total of 11.6 for the day.

Checked the news today and found this.  A body was discovered near the course we ran this morning in the river. I think this is the closest I've been to a murder scene running or otherwise. Nevertheless, I feel at peace that comes through faith in Christ. I have not always felt that peace, so I know the difference.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From James on Tue, Feb 13, 2007 at 00:20:48

That is kind of a freaky thing! I always ran through that park for years when I lived just down the river, and later with my cross-country kids. Something like that always hits close to home.

I am not used to this whole blog thing yet, but I find it interesting to see what everyone else is doing. I have been using your training log since right after WBR last year and I think that it is pretty cool. It looks like you have a pretty good thing going here. Keep up the good work.

From ArmyRunner on Tue, Feb 13, 2007 at 14:33:45

Funny article from The Onion about joggers finding bodies. This is not real for those familiar with The Onion.

From Zac on Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 09:48:26

About that computer problem. About half the time I open the data entry screen all the new editing features show up as a mess and it won't let me enter anything but the mileage. I pretty much gave up on it for a while but I'm trying it again. I use MS explorer. I found that if I tried to open it and then left it alone and went on to do other things that after a while it typically begins to work.

Is no one else having this problem? I've only had it since the new editing features were added.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 16:56:14


Let's try Firefox. If you do not have it, click on the box on the right side of this page to get it. As a side benefit, if you are on Windows, Google will pay me $1 once you get it up and running.

MSIE in theory should work fine, and I suspect it will after some clean up - reinstall the browser, reinstall OS, remove a virus, etc. Half of the Fast Running Blog are on MSIE, and they have not reported any problems with this.

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