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July 14, 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: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
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: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-04-05 11:30:34
Workout Totals: Distance10.427Time1:16:14.50Pace7:18.71
Did 1000 time trial with Jacob today. Benjamin helped me pace. He ran 3:18.0 with the splits of 77, 81, 40.

Stephen did 800 time trial, but missed his record by 2 seconds running 3:30.3. The splits were 1:42/1:48.

Then Jacob and I raced our friend Amy who is staying at our house in 100 meters. I thought she would run around 16.0-16.5, so it we would just cruise along, but she was faster, so we ended up racing. She and I ended up with 14.8, Jacob ran a PR of 14.9 - first time under 15.0. I was surprised I was able to find 14.8 in me - I had not run this fast on the track in probably 5 years.

Then Jacob and I paced Amy through 400 meters. I figured we should target 76, but that ended up being too optimistic - we opened with 38, but then she only had 42 in the second 200, and ended up with 80.6. Her goal is to break 6:00 in the mile. I gave her some encouragement to run consistent mileage to build endurance.

Otherwise everybody did usual distances except Julia - she was still at 1 mile, I think.
Leg 1:Distance0.125Time1:06.00Pace8:48.00
Leg 2:Distance0.496Time3:30.30Pace7:03.99
Stephen's 800.
Leg 3:Distance0.250Time2:05.50Pace8:22.00
400 with Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance0.621Time3:18.00Pace5:18.84
Paced Jacob over 1000 with Benjamin's help.
Leg 5:Distance0.375Time3:26.10Pace9:09.60
Recovery jog.
Leg 6:Distance0.250Time2:02.90Pace8:11.60
Matthew started this one with us but did not finish.
Leg 7:Distance0.062Time0:14.80Pace3:58.33
100 with Jacob and Amy.
Split 1:Distance0.062Time0:14.80Pace3:58.33
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Leg 8:Distance0.500Time4:07.40Pace8:14.80
2 recovery laps with Jacob to give Amy time to rest before the 400.
Leg 9:Distance0.248Time1:20.60Pace5:25.00
Paced Amy with Jacob's help over 400.
Leg 10:Distance1.500Time11:40.80Pace7:47.20
With Jacob.
Leg 11:Distance6.000Time43:22.10Pace7:13.68

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.43
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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