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July 05, 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: 0.00 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 - 2014-10-04 07:03:03
Workout Totals: Distance16.000Time2:02:07.50Pace7:37.97
Total of 16. Benjamin did 12, Joseph and Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5, Jenny and Julia 3. Did a 4.125 tempo run with Benjamin - odd distance because that is how it worked out with the markers.

Watched General Conference afterwards. Was very pleased to hear talks in foreign languages for the first time. Our church is often viewed as some kind of only American, or mostly American church, this is actually giving us some problems in Russia - although this was not a problem for me when I joined. But back then America was cool in Russia, it represented the good power that had the ability and the desire to free us from the yoke of Communism. Not so much anymore - in the last 20 years that image got severely tarnished and it has become more and more difficult to convince the average Russian that America is a special country with a special mission.

Regardless of that, the message of our church is of a nature that goes beyond cultural boundaries. We do talk about the role of America in the plan of God, but that role is not in convincing all nations that fast food and endless TV shows are the way to go, but rather that Christ is the Son of God and has atoned for our sins. The full knowledge of His Gospel was had in His day, but was lost and had to be restored. The role of America is that it was the first nation that received that restored knowledge in our day, and it has the responsibility to share it with others.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:17.80Pace7:17.80
Leg 2:Distance6.185Time51:54.40Pace8:23.54
With Benjamin - warm-up.
Leg 3:Distance4.125Time22:58.50Pace5:34.18
The target was 5:50, but the deal was that I would set the pace and run whatever felt good, and Benjamin would play along. So we opened with 5:42, then 5:36, then Benjamin took the lead and I drafted. We did 5:35 and closed with 5:24. Last quarter was 77. I felt strong.
Leg 4:Distance1.690Time14:34.10Pace8:37.22
Cool-down with Benjamin.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time25:22.70Pace8:27.57
With Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs Miles: 16.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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