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July 15, 2019

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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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: 110.88 Year: 2082.97
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 914.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M.  Slept in on purpose. Spent the morning assembling the 12 chairs we got from IKEA for $20 each to match the table we got from a KSL ad for $235. 12 chairs has a special significance to a Russian due to a popular novel and movie with the same name.Now we just need to get some padding for them so we can hide the diamonds.

I discovered that a drill makes up for a good portion of my clumsiness, and having the kids do small tasks helps me stay focused. So it did not take as long as I was afraid it would.

Jeff ran in a little cross-country 5 K race put on by a group of Orem stakes, so we were not planning on running together. Nevertheless, when I went for a run I met him after 1.25 unexpectedly. Ran with him to 3.25, then he was done, and I went on to finish 10. Asked him how the race went. First sentence out of his mouth: "It was a weird race - the second place was 3 minutes back". Upon further questioning the suspect revealed that the race was really not that weird. There was a reason the second place finished almost 3 minutes back. Jeff ran 15:47. Second place was 18:36. It could have been more weird for sure.

Finished 10 in 1:11:57. Ran two more with Benjamin in 15:32. Jenny and Julia ran 2.5 with Sarah. Joseph ran 0.5.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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