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August 23, 2019

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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: 173.50 Year: 2475.51
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1360.04
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-04-11 08:47:38
Workout Totals: Distance12.662Time1:37:39.60Pace7:42.77
Time trials today on the track. Julia ran 400 in 78.6 - new PR. Splits 18, 20, 20, 20. This is encouraging as it gets her closer to sub-6:00 mile, which is her driving learner's permit standard. Stephen raced her and ran 83.3 splitting 41,42, which was a small PR by 0.1. Then he said he wanted to try again. The first 100 was 21 and I thought it would not go well. However, then he sped up and ran 20 hitting 41 for the 200, and made it to 300 in 62 (21). Then he kicked on the homestretch and managed 82.6 - a new PR. Stephen is full of surprises.

Joseph and Jacob helped pace Stephen in the first one, William and I paced Julia. On the second one, I ran alone with Stephen.

Then all of us except Julia paced Matthew in a 200 time trial. Part of the challenge was to explain to him that he is supposed to sprint all the way. Joseph told him it was a drag race, and it worked. He ran 44.3 (21,23).
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time22:55.50Pace7:38.50
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance2.200Time16:37.60Pace7:33.45
With Joseph and Jacob taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 3:Distance1.050Time9:00.30Pace8:34.57
With Joseph, Jacob, Julia, William, and Stephen to the track.
Leg 4:Distance0.248Time1:23.30Pace5:35.89
Julia and Stephen's 400 time trial.
Split 1:Distance0.248Time1:18.60Pace5:16.94
Julia's time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:04.70Pace0:00.00
Stephen's time.
Leg 5:Distance0.248Time1:22.60Pace5:33.06
Stephen's 400 try 2 - improvement, new PR.
Leg 6:Distance0.124Time0:44.30Pace5:57.26
Matthew's 200 time trial.
Leg 7:Distance0.800Time7:17.50Pace9:06.88
A jog with Joseph, Jacob, and William - part with Stephen.
Leg 8:Distance0.000Time0:01.60Pace0:00.00
False start.
Leg 9:Distance0.062Time0:17.40Pace4:40.65
Julia's 100 time trial.
Leg 10:Distance0.930Time7:09.90Pace7:42.26
Back home with everybody - Joseph, Jacob, Julia, Matthew, William, and Stephen.
Leg 11:Distance1.000Time7:53.10Pace7:53.10
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 12:Distance3.000Time22:56.50Pace7:38.83
With Jenny.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 12.66
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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