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USATF Development Meet at Timpanogos

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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: 244.22 Year: 3545.74
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 734.48
Race: USATF Development Meet at Timpanogos (1.864 Miles) 00:10:33, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-15 10:19:24
Workout Totals: Distance11.385Time1:34:21.80Pace8:17.30
Ran some in the morning, then went to the USATF Developmental Meet at Timpanogos. The highlight of the meet for us was Joseph outkicking me in 3000 with a PR. Results:


Joseph 10:32.53
myself 10:33.44
Jacob 10:56.73
Jenny 11:47.69


William 2:47.27
Stephen 3:03.75
Matthew 3:38.28


Conditions - 800 - pretty much perfect. 3000 - the wind started to pick up and was a factor - head on the back stretch, but was not disastrous. The temperature was perfect, though.

Joseph and myself - I opened in 81 and just barely caught up to the leader (Nate Hillhouse) after the first lap. Joseph had 83 and caught up to us soon after. Then three of us were together for the next three laps with Nate leading. I attempted to take the lead several times, but Nate would not let me. We had 2:46 (85) at 800, 3:28 at 1000, 4:11 at 1200 (85), then 4:53 at 1400 and 5:36 at 1600 (85). In the fifth lap Nate fell back, but Joseph was right on my tail. We had 6:18 at 1800 and 7:01 at 2000 (85). Then I let the pace slip and ran 44 for the next 200 - 7:45 with 800 to go. I was able to recover and speed up to 85 for the next 400 (9:10 with a lap to go). With 200 to go Joseph passed me. I was able to latch on, but he shifted gears again with 70 meters to go, and I could not find another gear and finished 0.91 seconds behind. There was some confusion at the finish as we were lapping some runners and they were in our way - so maybe we could have had a more vigorous kick if we could just not worry about it. But regardless it was a great performance for Joseph and I am very happy for him - he has been struggling a lot lately in workouts. I am glad he was able to find the strength to run well today.

Jacob for some reason did not have the confidence to go with us - even though he has run 10:38 in a time trial and was definitely capable of handling the starting pace. So he was stuck in a no man's land running without much focus and hit 1600 in 5:58. Then he realized that he was running awfully slow and sped up. His last 3 laps were 87, 86, 80. Split by 1500 he had around 5:36, 5:20. When he ran 10:38 in a time trial it was 5:14, 5:24. Regardless, even with this mishap, this is the fastest time he has ever run in a race - even though his previous fastest time was at a low altitude.

Jenny had a good performance - this is a near PR for her, but her PR was run at a lower altitude as well (2700 feet in Boise). She opened with a 96 lap, then sped up some and had 6:17 at 1600. So split by 1500 this is 5:54, 5:53.


William followed Kenny Briggs and they both ran 77 for the first lap. Then they both crashed, but Kenny a bit less than William. So he ended up with 2:45.11 vs William's 2:47.27. With better pacing I think William would have run a PR, but I think the positive is that William found the guts to open in 77 knowing he had another lap left. In time trials I had a hard time getting him there in 80. So now we need to work on opening in 77 and not slowing down to 90 in the second lap.

Stephen opened in 90, and then was running in no man's land, so he just coasted in 93 for the second lap. We need to work on knowing how to make it hurt just the right way all the way, not just the first 200 meters - even if there is no one around.

Julia is having some health issued again. She her breathing at 8:00 pace is labored, her competitive drive went down. So she opened in 88, and then just could not move and finished in 3:06. She is taking an iron supplement, but she might still be low - so we are going to test her iron next week.

Matthew had an interesting race. Apparently Stephen had scared him with his stories of being disqualified at the nationals for getting out of his lane before it was time. This time, however, the kids were supposed to go to lane 1 as soon as they could, but Matthew - being only 5 years old - did not figure that out. Stubborn as he is, he ran the entire race in lane 4. So he actually ran 847 meters, and his time at 800 would have been 3:25 - still 4 seconds slower than his time trial PR, but still pretty good for his first track race.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time16:07.30Pace7:19.68
With Joseph, Jacob, and William taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:49.00Pace7:49.00
With Joseph, Jacob, William and Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:35.50Pace7:51.83
With Jenny.
Leg 4:Distance1.422Time11:22.60Pace8:00.03
Warm-up before the track meet.
Leg 5:Distance0.000Time3:38.20Pace0:00.00
Timing the 800 for William, Stephen, and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time2:47.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:16.60Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:34.60Pace0:00.00
Leg 6:Distance0.000Time3:05.70Pace0:00.00
Timing Julia's race.
Leg 7:Distance0.600Time5:14.20Pace8:43.67
More jogging to warm-up.
Leg 8:Distance1.863Time11:47.50Pace6:19.76
3000 race.
Split 1:Distance1.863Time10:33.20Pace5:39.88
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:23.40Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:50.90Pace0:00.00
Leg 9:Distance1.300Time11:41.80Pace8:59.85

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 11.38
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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