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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: 24.15 Month: 178.13 Year: 2150.22
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: 1034.77
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.100.000.000.9012.00

A.M. Total of 12. 5 with Benjamin. Joseph did 1. Jenny and Julia ran 3 with Sarah. Jacob did not run - recovering from a fever last night. I learned some Turkish from a runner I met and ran with that is from Turkey.  I also met another runner who told me his girlfriend was getting off her mission today. I told him she needed to find her new companion without delay and shared with him the story of how I proposed to Sarah a few hours after returning from my mission. He liked it. I did two pickups. One was random and lasted 0.4 at about 5:20 pace. The other was more formal and was exactly 0.5 in 2:35. It felt good and I had hopes of doing well in the Thanksgiving race.

P.M. We had an adventure. William got a febrile seizure. We called 911. They came and gave him buterol treatment. He recovered, but we still were up with him on and off through the night. Did not get to bed until 12:00 am, and then had sleep interruptions. 

Green Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Comments
From aleph on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 20:22:17 from 71.62.246.146

What a nice story about proposing to your wife. Your family and especially your son will be in my prayers. Happy thanksgiving

From catherine on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 23:39:30 from 98.202.112.51

I'm glad William recovered - that's very scary. We'll keep you guys in our prayers.

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