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July 03, 2020

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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: 291.02 Year: 1935.71
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: 805.63
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-07-15 07:40:16
Workout Totals: Distance12.050Time1:33:14.90Pace7:44.31
Today Benjamin and I joined Timpanogos High team for a workout, which was what they called a "2 mile push" down the canyon. Benjamin ran 9:41 with the splits of 4:48, 4:53 - this is a small PR for him, by 1 seconds. I ran 10:26 with the splits of 5:06, 5:20. Benjamin and Joe Benson, Jodi Benson's son ended up dropping everybody after the first mile. Joe gapped Benjamin by about a second over the last quarter or so. I started out with the second pack, but they fell back in the second mile. I gained a bit on the stragglers from the first pack, but did not catch any. By the time we were done with the warm-up it was already 8:50 am, so it started to get warm. I think I handled the combination of long warm-up and warmer day better than Benjamin, and definitely better than the high schoolers. The front pack had guys with 3200 PRs in the 9:20 range at altitude on the track, today they got dropped going downhill at 20+ their PR. The second pack had PRs in the 9:50-10:10 range, I think. I would be lucky to run 10:40 on the track right now, and they got dropped. I think for them it was mostly the 5 mile warm-up.

The other kids ran on their own and did their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance5.000Time41:29.90Pace8:17.98
Long warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time10:26.10Pace5:13.05
The 2 mile push down the canyon.
Leg 3:Distance2.950Time24:45.50Pace8:23.56
Back to the house with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance2.100Time16:33.40Pace7:53.05
More to get the car.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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