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Murray Fun Days 5 K

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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: 149.44 Year: 1460.80
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 987.95
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Race: Murray Fun Days 5 K (3.107 Miles) 00:17:54, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-04 07:32:53
Workout Totals: Distance11.057Time1:22:39.10Pace7:28.50
Murray Fun Days 5 K, 17:54 officially, 17:51.4 on my watch, 8th overall, 3rd master. The reason for the difference of 3 seconds is the mess up at the start. The start was very uncertain, so the timer was started before they told the runners in no uncertain terms that they should actually start.

Runners ahead of me - Anthony Costales won with 15:36, then Teren Jameson 16:14, Ken Richardson 16:29, Benjamin 16:42 officially (16:40 on his watch), Albert Wint 17:11, Matthew Wolpert 17:36 (1st master), Mark Payne 17:51 officially, 17:48 on his watch, consistent difference with mine).

I ran with Mark most of the way. The first mile was 5:36 (uphill), second 5:38 (small part uphill, the rest downhill), and then 6:37 for 3.107, 5:58.7 pace for the rest of it on rolling hills. Matthew passed us around the 4 K mark, neither of us could latch on, but Mark gapped me there and I could not close it. My legs felt shaky after the run, so it appears that the issue was the lack of leg strength.

I am happy with the first 2 miles, but not with the last one.

I told Benjamin to start conservatively as an experiment to see if he could close strong. He started perhaps too conservatively, and he could not close super strong either, although perhaps it was not too bad for the heat and the hills. So 5:34, 5:11, and 5:55 for the last 1.107, so 5:20.7 pace. He was closing on Ken but ran out of road. Do not know if he would have been faster with a faster start.

The conditions were warm as usual.

We cooled down with a new friend - Kenny "The Apache" Searle who blogs here as well.

Later I ran with Joseph and Jacob in the canyon.
Leg 1:Distance1.250Time9:26.20Pace7:32.96
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance3.107Time17:51.40Pace5:44.83
The race.
Leg 3:Distance2.700Time24:25.10Pace9:02.63
Cool-down with Benjamin and Kenny.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time30:56.40Pace7:44.10
With Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 11.05
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
From Kenny the Apache on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 at 11:11:33 from

It was awsome man!!! Pleasure meeting you and Benjamin!!! I'm planning on running with you guys at Draper Days!!!

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