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December 01, 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: 304.65 Year: 3606.17
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: 806.96
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. 20 with Jeff in 2:18:04. Ran to Bridal Veil Falls and back. Did a workout in the middle. 3 miles up the Provo Canyon from the mouth to Nunns Park in 17:28 (5:53 - 5:49 - 5:46). Got a slight tail wind. Then the same stretch back, now with a slight headwind in 15:55 (5:28 - 5:19 - 5:08). We bummed it in the first quarter (88 downhill), then got down to business. Then the last 1.5 at my honest marathon pace effort more or less. At least the first mile of it (5:44), then we did 84, 80 to finish the interval in 8:28.

Felt cruising at 5:20 pace downhill, very comfortable feeling. Not quite the marathon pace, but I think slower than the half. Also felt very comfortable at 5:44 pace in the last 1.5 segment. Did not feel so good at 5:08 pace downhill. Part of it is that by that time the downhill decreases and we were running into a headwind. Part of it is that we had to dodge a group of walkers and Jeff hit the gas, which gave us 78 before the end of the second mile followed by 75 while weaving through traffic. This put some stress on my nervous system and I suppose I was still feeling it in the next three quarters at a brisk pace. And part of it is that it was 5:08 and I am not yet fit to run this for a long time.

Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin in 15:56. Pushed William in the stroller. Benjamin has developed a habit of making me work on a Saturday night when I am tired from my long run. He made me run 88 at the end of it this time. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:33. 0.25 with Jacob in 2:37.

Eva Clogs Pirate Miles: 22.75
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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