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August 19, 2019

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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: 160.46 Year: 2462.47
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: 1263.81
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-07-01 08:10:54
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.166 1:36:16.60 7:54.82
Total of 12. Took Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin to the Provo High track. It has been greatly improved - the curves are very gentle. Benjamin did a 2000 interval in 6:21.9. I did 2x800 with him. Joseph and Jacob ran a 1000 meter time trial with the goal of hitting the dream mile pace for more than 800 meters. Both succeeded - 3:44.8 for Joseph, and 3:53.4 for Jacob. Joseph and Jacob did 2, William 1, Julia 2, Jenny 4, Benjamin 9. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 8:35.50. 8:35.50 Warm-up with Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 8:35.50 8:35.50  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.621 3:53.40. 6:15.85 Jacob's time trial. Benjamin helped me pace him. The splits were 45,47,49,47,45. Jacob had a lapse of confidence between 400 and 600, but then regrouped and kicked.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.621 3:53.40 6:15.85  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.125 1:19.30. 10:34.40 A little jog to the start of Joseph's time trial with Benjamin and Jacob.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.125 1:19.30 10:34.40  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.621 3:44.80. 6:02.00 Joseph's time trial. Benjamin helped with pacing. Joseph had the lack of confidence problem from the gun, but he smelled the barn in the last lap and kicked. The threat of Jacob beating him which Benjamin and I went to great length to exaggerate served as a powerful motivator. The splits were 46,45,46,44,43.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.621 3:44.80 6:02.00  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.125 1:04.60. 8:36.80 A short jog to the start our fast workout.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.125 1:04.60 8:36.80  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.094 6:21.90. 5:49.09 Benjamin opened with 71. I hung on to dear life. His next lap was 75. I survived it but decided I'd better take a break for a lap. Benjamin ran 76.5, but then ran out of steam and was barely breaking 80 over the last two laps. Heat was a factor, as well as excessively fast start.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.497 2:26.00 4:53.76 800 with Benjamin.
2 0.100 1:16.50 12:45.00 Recovery jog for me while Benjamin ran the third lap.
3 0.497 2:39.40 5:20.72 Last 800 with Benjamin.
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.12 1:09.70. 9:40.83 Jog back to the car.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.120 1:09.70 9:40.83  
Leg 8
Distance Time Pace Comment
5.46 44:19.90. 8:07.16 With Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 5.460 44:19.90 8:07.16  
Leg 9
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9:20.00. 9:20.00 With William.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 9:20.00 9:20.00  
Leg 10
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:13.90. 10:27.80 With Stephen.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:13.90 10:27.80  
Leg 11
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.5 11:13.60. 7:29.07 Alone.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.500 11:13.60 7:29.07  

Saucony Type A Miles: 12.16
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 7.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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