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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: 110.88 Year: 2082.97
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 914.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.505.251.000.2516.00

Jogged some in the morning with Eric and George. Then drove to the Provo River Trail by Geneva road to do the tempo run. First, 4x100 with ankle weights. Felt a bit of the pinched nerve problem in the back that I had a year ago, and decided to do them more relaxed. 19.3 - 18.8 - 18.5 - 19.0.

Jogged some more, then did a tempo. 2.5 out, 2.5 back, then turnaround and another 1.25. Maintained a fairly steady pace for the first 5 miles - 29:03. 5:45 felt too fast, 5:50 felt just perfect. After the turnaround, gave myself 0.25 to regain the momentum, and then accelerated to an aggressive half-marathon pace. Last mile in 5:22 very steady - 1:20 - 1:21 - 1:20 - 1:21 - they were probably all 1:20.5. Felt very good, the stride was relaxed, the legs were not cramping up. Jogged some more afterwards. Total of 13.25 miles in the workout.

Jogged a mile in the afternoon. In the evening, ran with the kids. Total of 16 miles for the day.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Maria on Wed, Jun 21, 2006 at 15:33:43

Sasha, you may be interested to know that your blog is mentioned among web based training logs on the Serpentine Running Club's web site (www.serpentine.org.uk). This is probably the largest running club in London, and the one I'm considering joining after our move later this summer.

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