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November 19, 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: 118.81 Year: 3380.28
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.002.000.000.1014.10

A.M. Started with Ted, Colby, and Jeff. Ted and Colby turned around 3 miles into it. Did explosions. Two fat miles. First in 5:56, second in 6:05. A change in the respiratory rate at 6:00 pace. Down to 15 from 17 breaths for 100 meters. Total time was 1:17:03 for 10.1.

Took HR a couple of minutes after finishing the run. The last two quarters were 89 and 88, so around 5:55 pace. Interesting difference vs Jeff. My HR went down to 78, while Jeff's was still at 111. I was at 1.62 of my resting HR, while he was still at 2.05 of his resting HR. We estimated that mine dropped by 48% in the same amount of time that his dropped by only 36%. His HR at that pace was about 20 bpm higher than mine, even though the pace was easier for him in almost every regard - percentage of max HR, respiratory rate, muscular effort, willingness/ability to talk, ability to accelerate off that pace, etc. The only questionable aspect is sustainability. I might be able to sustain that pace for longer due to larger fuel reserves. But fuel aspect aside, the pace was easier for Jeff in every way. Nevertheless, I was recovering a whole lot faster.

Shortly afterwards 2 miles with Benjamin in 17:33, and 2 with Jenny in 18:58. Julia ran 1.5 with us in 14:23.

Brooks T4 Racing Flat Miles: 14.10
Night Sleep Time: 7.30Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.30
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