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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: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
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: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Ran in the Provo Canyon in the morning. A mile warm-up, then 4x100 with ankle weights. Up 19.0, down 17.4, up 18.3, down 17.2.

Then the same 8 mile up and down back and forth tempo as last week, except picked it up on the last mile. Total time 46:09, up average 6:00, down average 5:32, last mile 5:32. 2 mile cooldown, total of 12 miles in the workout.

In the evening jogged with Joseph in the stroller, and ran with the kids. Total of 15 miles for the day.

Paul Petersen has a vacancy he needed to fill for the Wasatch Back Relay. So I am doing the ultra legs 7-8, 19-20, and 31-32. If somebody is going from Midway to Provo and could give me a ride on Saturday morning at around 9:20 AM (assuming we move on schedule), let me know.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From timothy on Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 17:12:29


From SuperFly on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 09:28:39

Sasha thanks for looking over my results. I did a elevation drop on that course and it should be close to this...not on the money but close.

From Nick on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 11:18:02

Hey Sasha,

I have a quick question for you. By running long distances, will I help my 5k and 10k times more than running shorter distances at higher speeds? I want to know just so that I can train in the most efficient manner.



From Mike Kirk on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 13:53:33

Good luck running the Wasatch Back. I look forward to reading your account of the race.

From Kevin aka "Joe" on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 14:17:00


My max HR is 210. To get my Max HR I ran a hard 10 miles and then sprinted up a hill in my neighborhood with about a 9-10% grade. Before passing out (just kidding) I read 211bpm for about 10 seconds on my heart rate monitor.

btw - To respond to your occasional comments/questions, should I repost to my own blog, email you directly (and to what email address), or post to your personal blog?

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