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March 28, 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: 105.07 Year: 744.57
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1679.47
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-09-20 08:06:03
Workout Totals: Distance9.895Time1:17:17.20Pace7:48.64
We did an easy run in the morning and then race in the Kiwani's Park series in the evening. I ran a total of about 9.5 miles. Benjamin ran 2 in the morning and about 1.5 in the evening. Jenny was not feeling 100%, ran only 1 in the morning, and raced in the evening. Julia did 2 in the morning. Joseph and Jacob each did 2 in the morning, William and Stephen 1. Matthew just race. The race was 1 K. Times:

Benjamin 3:01
myself 3:18
Joseph 3:29
Jacob 3:36
Julia 3:46
Jenny 3:49
William 3:54 (might have taken a short cut as there was some confusion)
Stephen 5:10 (not a good race for him, had some stomach issues and let those get to him)
Matthew 5:11 (holding hand)
Sarah got through the distance, but I am not sure what time she had.

The original plan was for Benjamin to just run with Jenny or Julia, but his legs felt better and he decided to run it hard. Based on the time spread I think the distance was correct this time.

I was happy with how I felt. The first 300 meters or so I was stuck behind the kids that started out fast and then slowed down. Then I finally got out of the crowd and was able to go. In spite of the marathon on Saturday I felt strong both physically and mentally - actually those often go together as they are driven by the same hormones.

I ran with Matthew after finishing my race.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time8:30.70Pace8:30.70
With Benjamin, William, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:56.70Pace7:56.70
With Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time16:31.50Pace8:06.03
With Joseph.
Leg 4:Distance2.040Time16:01.50Pace7:51.32
With Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance2.040Time15:00.70Pace7:21.52
Leg 6:Distance0.382Time3:03.10Pace7:59.32
Cross-country warm-up.
Leg 7:Distance0.772Time5:01.80Pace6:30.93
Cross-country race.
Split 1:Distance0.621Time3:18.60Pace5:19.81
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:27.90Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:02.90Pace0:00.00
Split 4:Distance0.151Time1:12.40Pace7:59.47
To the start of Matthew's race.
Leg 8:Distance0.621Time5:11.20Pace8:21.13
With Matthew.

Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 9.89
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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