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Salt Lake Track Club 15 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: 149.44 Year: 1460.80
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 987.95
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Race: Salt Lake Track Club 15 K (9.321 Miles) 00:56:54, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-27 09:30:56
Workout Totals: Distance13.924Time1:34:44.10Pace6:48.22
SLC Track Club 15 K, 56:54 (officially 56:57, but I am pretty sure that was off), 9th overall, 1st master.

Not a good race for either myself or Benjamin. The conditions were near perfect, but neither one of us could taken advantage of them. Something was terribly wrong today for both of us.

I felt a little weak at the start, but did not think it would result in this kind of a disaster. I opened with 3:28 1 K, felt decent, 5:40 at the mile, 7:06 at 2 K. So far so good, then boom, cannot even break 6:00 in the mile. Made it to the 5 K in 18:24, rallied a bit with 6 K in 22:06, and then boom. I longed for those 6:02 miles, because even that was not happening. 27:58 at the turnaround, 37:34 at the 10 K (19:10 5 K), and then the last 5 K in 19:20.

Benjamin ran 53:20. He went out in 5:14 for the mile, then 5:23, and then he could barely run 5:50 the rest of the way.

I am suspecting the chronic lack of sleep finally caught up to us. He has been busy with school. I have been busy with work and trying to teach the kids at the same time. So we got sloppy about going to bed on time. This race is a wake up call. Time to get strict about bed time.

Kids ran their usual distances at home today.
Leg 1:Distance1.500Time11:59.50Pace7:59.67
Leg 2:Distance0.107Time0:31.60Pace4:55.33
A stride.
Leg 3:Distance0.107Time0:56.70Pace8:49.91
Jogging back.
Leg 4:Distance9.310Time56:54.10Pace6:06.71
The race.
Leg 5:Distance2.900Time24:22.20Pace8:24.21

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 13.92
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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