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January 25, 2021

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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: 266.81 Year: 266.81
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1438.17
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-08-20 08:28:20
Workout Totals: Distance9.972Time1:17:55.40Pace7:48.85
Today was the day of time trials. Stephen attempted to get his mile record one more time before turning 5. He had a mental failure - not uncommon for his age after two laps (2:02,2:11), slowed down, the started crying and stopped. However, with Jamba Juice on the line he agreed to redeem himself by running a fast 800. I gave him the target of 4:10 as the redemption qualifier, but he surprised me with a 3:57.3 (1:57,2:00). Then I knew his mile failure was mostly mental.

Joseph and Jacob also ran 800 time trials, and both got records. Joseph ran 2:39.4 (37,40,42,40) - I paced him. Benjamin paced Jacob to 2:43.4 (37,40 high, 44, 42). I think the starting pace was too fast for Jacob, and the effort threw him into a minor anxiety attack, which made him lose a couple of seconds in all.

Benjamin did 8, I did 10 total today. Otherwise everybody did their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance0.150Time2:01.50Pace13:30.00
Stephen's warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance0.700Time5:56.30Pace8:29.00
Stephen's failed mile time trial.
Leg 3:Distance0.498Time2:43.40Pace5:28.11
Joseph and Jacob's 800 time trial.
Split 1:Distance0.498Time2:39.40Pace5:20.08
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:04.00Pace0:00.00
Leg 4:Distance0.498Time3:57.30Pace7:56.51
Stephen's 800 redemption.
Leg 5:Distance0.130Time1:11.90Pace9:13.08
A brief jog.
Leg 6:Distance0.496Time3:58.00Pace7:59.84
Two laps with Benjamin while waiting for Jacob to find his watch.
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time8:48.20Pace8:48.20
With William, Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin.
Leg 8:Distance1.500Time12:03.70Pace8:02.47
With Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 9:Distance5.000Time37:15.10Pace7:27.02
More distance. Benjamin did the first 1.5 with me. I did a pickup in the canyon for 0.75.
Split 1:Distance2.610Time20:45.80Pace7:57.32
Split 2:Distance0.750Time4:01.00Pace5:21.33
Split 3:Distance1.640Time12:28.30Pace7:36.28

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