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August 15, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-04-25 07:54:11
Workout Totals: Distance20.000Time2:45:37.10Pace8:16.86
20 miles total. Kids ran their usual Saturday distances, except for Benjamin who ran a little less, but not much less than his usual 12 due to a track meet. This was his first collegiate track meet. He ran 5000 in the Clarence Robison Invitational at BYU. It was a little unusual to have a 16 year old, especially in Crocs, running against collegiate crew. Normally a boy this age would not be allowed to run, but because he is a full-time student at BYU he could run unattached.

His time was 15:52.25 and he took 7th place out of 11 finishers. Most of the way he followed two Weber State runners - Braden Perry and Derek Day. He hung on with both of them for 9 laps, then Derek fell off pace and Benjamin stayed back with him, and about a lap later he fell back, but he was able to close a good portion of the gap in the kick. So he ended up 2 seconds behind Derek and 12 seconds behind Braden.

His splits are below in the chart. To summarize, he opened with 4:55.9 in the first 1600, then ran 5:06.1, 5:15.3, and kicked in 34.9. One take back I have is that he still needs to work on his confidence. He started to fall apart mentally in the 11th lap. Having more aerobic endurance would have helped as well. He said eventually after 10 laps he just could not have his heart beat fast enough and his lungs pump enough air to support the pace.
Leg 1:Distance5.000Time38:42.30Pace7:44.46
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time9:41.30Pace9:41.30
With Benjamin, William, and Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:28.70Pace8:28.70
With Benjamin and William.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time30:01.10Pace7:30.27
Alone - to the 4 mile mark in the canyon.
Leg 5:Distance4.000Time23:23.10Pace5:50.77
Tempo run back to the house.
Leg 6:Distance0.000Time15:52.20Pace0:00.00
Benjamin's 5000 meter race. Splits by 400s, last split is 200.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time1:14.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time1:13.00Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time1:13.50Pace0:00.00
Split 4:Distance0.000Time1:15.40Pace0:00.00
Split 5:Distance0.000Time1:15.90Pace0:00.00
Split 6:Distance0.000Time1:16.60Pace0:00.00
Split 7:Distance0.000Time1:16.10Pace0:00.00
Split 8:Distance0.000Time1:17.50Pace0:00.00
Split 9:Distance0.000Time1:17.30Pace0:00.00
Split 10:Distance0.000Time1:18.30Pace0:00.00
Split 11:Distance0.000Time1:21.20Pace0:00.00
Split 12:Distance0.000Time1:18.50Pace0:00.00
Split 13:Distance0.000Time0:34.90Pace0:00.00
Last 200.
Leg 7:Distance5.000Time39:28.40Pace7:53.68
Extra distance with Benjamin.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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