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Salt Lake Track Club 10 K

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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: 244.22 Year: 3545.74
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 734.48
Race: Salt Lake Track Club 10 K (6.214 Miles) 00:35:34, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-14 09:14:43
Workout Totals: Distance10.614Time1:16:15.60Pace7:11.09
SLC Track Club 10 K, 35:35, 8th overall, 1st master. Benjamin was 3rd overall with 33:22.

Top finishers - Nate Peters 31:50, Jon Gauthier 33:20, Benjamin 33:22, Patrick Carroll 33:41, Fritz Van De Kamp 33:57, Michael McPherson 35:03, Chris Rushing 35:28.

My splits - 5:26, 5:40, 5:46, 6:00, 5:49, 5:43, and not much of a kick at the end for 0.214 - only 1:11. First 5 K in 17:30, second in 18:04. Tailwind first half, headwind on the way back, but much milder than two weeks ago.

Ran more or less alone in the first 2 K, then caught up to Chris Rushing and drafted until about 8 K when he surged and dropped me. He did not gap me much, but I just did not have another gear to close it. I am happy that I can still run sub-36:00 on a non-aided certified course at altitude, and that I ran the first 5 K faster than my race time in the 5 K. Also happy with the master's win - this gave me $75 New Balance card + $60 Sports Authority card.

Benjamin's splits were 5:08, 5:27, 5:23, then 11:07 for the next 2 miles, and the last mile in 5:08. He again did his patented long kick that again lasted about 1 K. He almost got Jon with it, and he probably would have if he could see him, but he was not wearing his glasses, and his vision is something like 20/200 without them, so he thought Jon was unreachable.

It is good that he can kick long, but it also shows that he is not quite in tune with his body - he cannot feel how strong he is throughout the race and ends up not going with the people that he should follow. This time he was a bit apprehensive because he was still recovering from a cough, and he felt very sluggish on Thursday. So when Jon moved at mile 2 he decided to play it safe and just run more conservatively hoping to secure third place with a kick. It is perhaps good that he did not wait until the last 300 meters because Patrick is a 14:50 5000 runner that is somewhat out of shape right now.

Overall, I would say things are looking decent for us for the Phoenix Half in two weeks.

Other kids ran their usual distances today.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time19:13.00Pace8:44.09
Warm-up with Benjamin and Mark Payne.
Leg 2:Distance6.214Time35:35.10Pace5:43.60
Leg 3:Distance2.200Time21:27.50Pace9:45.23
Cool-down with Benjamin and Michael McPherson.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 10.61
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
From Burt on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 17:34:52 from

Looking good old man.

From steve ash on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 17:50:31 from

Congratulations old friend:) Wish I could have been there with you.

From Dave Taylor on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 at 10:07:55 from

He beat Fritz.

Chortle :)

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