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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: 217.33 Year: 2189.42
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: 1034.77
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.201.400.000.0010.60

A.M. Ran with the kids - 4 with Benjamin, 3 with Jenny, 1.5 of it with Joseph. Julia ran 4 with Sarah. I have been thinking about quickness of muscle contraction vs force and decided to do a test. So I ran 7:30 pace for about 1.5 miles, and then picked up to about 6:15, and then to about 5:55. It appeared to me that the difference between 7:30 and 6:15 was mostly in how quickly I was moving my legs, but the amount of force I had to put into the step was not much difference. But 5:55 compared to 6:15 required a whole lot more force. Also, in terms of breathing, I was not breathing much harder at 6:15 than 7:30, but much more at 5:55.

P.M. 0.6 doing errands on foot.

Green Crocs 1 Miles: 10.60
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
Comments
From rAtTLeTrAp on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 21:06:23 from 24.22.239.183

That's interesting. 7:30 to 6:15 is a pretty big spread for basically the same level of effort. Lately I've been having a bit of a mental wrestling match about 7:00 vs 6:52.

From jeffmc on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 01:02:26 from 68.227.0.14

If this aids in your thought process at all, I believe there is a research study out there that looked at stride length and stride rate as runners sped up while running, starting slow and finishing fast.

The study found that stride length increased quite a bit when speeds went from slow to moderate (with minimal change in stride rate), but as the subjects continued to speed up they began to increase stride rate more and more while stride length increased more minimally.

If you search you should be able to find it, and it may shed more light on your thought process

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