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August 10, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-07-24 07:55:33
Workout Totals: Distance14.628Time1:53:43.50Pace7:46.47
In Sacramento. Got whatever runs we could whenever we had a chance.

Matthew ran 3:13.30 for 27th in 7-8 division. Opened in 92.34, then 1:41.06 for the second lap. A bit off his time trial, and also 800 split in a 1500 PR, but as far as a race 800 is concerned, this is a PR. He still does not know how to race and loses focus easily. Obviously if he could run 3:11 and then finish the 1500, he should be able to run at least 3:05, but in order for that to happen there needs to be somebody running 3:08 that he feels is vulnerable enough for him to catch, and the next boy in front of him in his heat ran 2:56.

Stephen ran 800 in 2:57.84, 37th place in 9-10. Opened in 84.34, but then slowed down to 93.50 in the second lap, and missed his PR. We still have a lot of work to do on focus and fighting to the end.
Leg 1:Distance3.083Time24:57.30Pace8:05.66
Looping around the Hornet Stadium with Benjamin and younger kids.
Leg 2:Distance3.068Time23:23.00Pace7:37.30
Looping around the Hornet Stadium with Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance1.861Time14:20.00Pace7:42.12
With Julia around the Hornet Stadium.
Leg 4:Distance2.610Time21:43.50Pace8:19.43
With Benjamin and some other kids.
Leg 5:Distance4.006Time29:19.70Pace7:19.27
With Benjamin - did a little pickup at the end.
Split 1:Distance3.216Time24:38.20Pace7:39.64
Split 2:Distance0.790Time4:41.50Pace5:56.33

Neon Crocs 2 Miles: 14.63
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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