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January 26, 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: 252.01 Year: 252.01
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: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-10-29 08:28:18
Workout Totals: Distance10.866Time1:24:58.70Pace7:49.23
Today we did a family competition. I raced 2000 meters on the track at Orem High against a 5x400 relay team composed of my children: Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, Julia, and William. Benjamin paced me. I ran 6:38 with the splits of 77,80,79,81,81. The kids were ahead of me by a few seconds up until the last leg. I passed William with 200 to go and won by 10 seconds. Kids splits were Joseph - 75, Jacob - 77, Jenny - 79, Julia - 82, William - 93. There might have been tenths of a second there to make it add up.

I think it was a big psychological blow for our 7 year old William to get passed by dad in a competitive situation - he was 43 through the first 200, and then I think he just stopped trying once he got passed and ran 50, which is his mile race pace.

Benjamin did only 4 miles - more aggressive taper.

In the evening as I was driving to pick up Benjamin from BYU I realized that as I had forgotten to tell Sarah that Benjamin needed a high-carb meal all we had for dinner was beans and rice, and I knew this was not enough for his fuel needs. So on the way back we picked up a 940 calorie cereal bowl from Jamba Juice and he consumed that and the regular dinner almost as if it was just one slice of bread.
Leg 1:Distance1.560Time13:39.20Pace8:45.13
Warm-up, strides.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time8:38.20Pace8:38.20
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:17.90Pace4:48.71
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:50.70Pace13:37.74
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:20.40Pace5:29.03
Split 5:Distance0.062Time0:47.50Pace12:46.13
Split 6:Distance0.062Time0:18.60Pace5:00.00
Split 7:Distance0.250Time2:25.90Pace9:43.60
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time6:48.30Pace6:48.30
The relay race.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time6:38.30Pace6:38.30
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:10.00Pace0:00.00
The kids team time.
Leg 3:Distance1.056Time8:26.90Pace8:00.02
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:54.10Pace7:54.10
With Jenny, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance0.125Time1:12.00Pace9:36.00
With Matthew.
Leg 6:Distance0.125Time1:11.10Pace9:28.80
Matthew wanted to do a second run. He understands the principle of double the running double the fruit snacks.
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time8:43.60Pace8:43.60
Stephen was dragging on his first run earlier with Julia and ended up losing his privileges for it. So I told him he had to run a mile in under 9:20 to regain the privileges. He did it quite easily.
Leg 8:Distance5.000Time37:03.50Pace7:24.70
More distance alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 10.86
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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