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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: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
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: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Early morning run with Ted at 5:00 am. Of all people, Ted is really good about getting his run in when it appears nearly impossible.

Warmed up 2 miles. Had a hard time getting going. Then ran a tempo on the Slate Canyon Loop (2.11) one time around. To make things interesting gave Ted a 30 second head start.

Those seconds seemed like eternity as I watched him take off at a very good pace. First mile in 5:45. Closed only 8 seconds. Then closed some more on the big hill. Then once we started going down, I finally got into a good rhythm and passed him at around 1.7. Last quarter was 1:23. On the down I was probably going around 4:45-4:50. Total time for the loop 11:50. Ted got 12:37 - a perfect 6:00 pace, which indicates he can run about 37 minutes in a 10 K right now - I have calculated that whatever pace you can hold on that loop, you will be able to do in a flat 10 K.

Jogged another two miles, and then did 100 m accelerations. 4 with ankle weights - 19.1 - 18.8 - 18.3 - 17.9. Then 4 more regular - 15.9 - 16.1 - 16.0 - 15.5.

Went to see Dr. Jex in the evening. He always runs a massage tool on my back and legs, which will discover hidden tightness and soreness issues. Although I ran a marathon on Saturday, to my surprise there was no tightness or soreness discovered, and I did not bust out into hysteric laughter when he did my hamstrings, which I have been doing in the earlier visits without fail.

Ran with the kids in the evening. Total of 13 miles for the day.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From zac case on Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 08:12:34


I passed this website onto some friends that run that work for Salt Lake County. I also passed it on to my old high school running coach. He's run for over 20 years without missing a day and is very devoted to the sport. If you start seeing folks from New Jersey using the site, it's probably people connected to him.

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