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August 23, 2019

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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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
12.100.000.000.0012.10

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-04-13 06:51:38
Workout Totals: Distance12.100Time1:33:34.00Pace7:43.97
Usual run. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia, Joseph and Jacob 3 - Joseph and Jacob were resting before the mile time trial tomorrow. William did 2, Stephen 1.

I have not been entering Sarah's runs, I should start for consistency. She ran 4 in 35:41 today - one of her faster times. I wonder if there are any kinds of Mother of Nine running records - if anybody knows of any running performances done by a mother of nine children I would like to know.
Leg 1:Distance9.100Time1:10:08.20Pace7:42.44
With Benjamin. Caught up to Sarah with a little bit less than 2 miles to go and helped her run 35:41 on her 4 mile course. She did a 7:58 mile in the middle.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time23:25.80Pace7:48.60
With Joseph, Jacob, and Julia. Joseph and Jacob ran ahead and finished in around 23:08-23:09 - all over the last 230 meters or so. I am estimating they hit the last quarter which has a 230 meter uphill stretch grade varying from 3 to 6% in around 1:35. I stayed back with Julia and as I saw them pull away as if Julia and I were standing still I just thought Julia was falling apart, but she was running around 7:30 pace.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 12.10
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Comments
From The Warbeast on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 17:36:57 from 64.255.92.149

How do I get my entries to be blue;) dang those are some dang kewl kids

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