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August 22, 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
10.0011.000.000.0021.00

A.M. Did my usual long run. Mike joined me for a part of it. Did a 10 mile tempo in the middle. The splits were: 5:45, 5:48, 5:52, 5:53, 5:58, 5:57, 5:49, 5:54,5:54,5:54 - total time 58:44. Felt like I would be able to hold the pace easily at the start, but then all of a sudden slowed down to 5:54 or so and just could not get out of the rut. There is a reason for feeling this - I have been doing 3 mile tempo runs almost daily at around 5:40 pace average. What confuses me is that I have felt quite snappy in most of the 3 mile tempos, but have felt quite stale in all of the 10 mile tempos. If it was just the fatigue, I would have felt stale in the 3 mile tempos as well. I have noticed in the 1.25 pickups that once my HR goes above 160 I start feeling uncomfortable. Possibly in the 10 mile tempo HR has to get into the trouble range eventually, and I do not know how to handle it, while 3 miles is short enough that I can bluff my way through it.

Finished the run with the kids - 3 with Benjamin, 2 with Jenny and Julia, 1 with Joseph and 0.5 with Jacob. Total of 21. During the run with Benjamin we did a few pickups that totaled a mile at around 6:00 pace.

Gold Crocs 2 Miles: 21.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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