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July 15, 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: 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

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-11-26 09:41:06
Workout Totals: Distance15.998Time2:01:33.40Pace7:35.89
Did a workout with Benjamin. 3 miles down the canyon alternating tempo 0.75 with hard 0.25. Total time was 16:44 (4:23, 77.8, 4:15, 76.4, 4:19, 72.3). Benjamin had some muscle tightness, so we stopped for him to stretch after the first mile. I was happy to be able to kick in 72.

Then I went to the track with Joseph, Jacob, and Julia. Jacob had sore hamstrings, so he just jogged. Joseph ran a PR in 400 - 70.6 (with me pacing), then served as a rabbit for Julia running 100 in 15.9 and 200 in 34.7. Julia got 17.6 in 100 and then did 2x200 in 37.2, 37.3. I ran 100 and the first 200 with Joseph, and then paced Julia in the last 200.

Joseph did a total of 4, otherwise the kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance5.600Time44:43.00Pace7:59.11
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time16:44.50Pace5:34.83
Fartlek with Benjamin down the canyon.
Split 1:Distance0.750Time4:23.30Pace5:51.07
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:17.80Pace5:11.20
Split 3:Distance0.750Time4:15.00Pace5:40.00
Split 4:Distance0.250Time1:16.40Pace5:05.60
Split 5:Distance0.750Time4:19.70Pace5:46.27
Split 6:Distance0.250Time1:12.30Pace4:49.20
Leg 3:Distance2.280Time18:22.80Pace8:03.68
Back to the house with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance1.050Time8:48.10Pace8:22.95
With Joseph, Jacob, and Julia to the track.
Leg 5:Distance0.248Time1:10.60Pace4:44.68
Joseph's 400.
Leg 6:Distance0.062Time0:17.60Pace4:43.87
100 with Joseph and Julia.
Split 1:Distance0.062Time0:15.90Pace4:16.45
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:01.70Pace0:00.00
Leg 7:Distance0.124Time0:37.20Pace5:00.00
200 with Joseph and Julia.
Split 1:Distance0.124Time0:34.70Pace4:39.84
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:02.50Pace0:00.00
Leg 8:Distance0.124Time0:37.30Pace5:00.81
200 with Julia.
Leg 9:Distance1.000Time9:10.70Pace9:10.70
Back to the house.
Leg 10:Distance2.510Time21:01.60Pace8:22.63
Joseph did 1, Julia 2.5.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time8:37.00Pace8:37.00
Dropped off Joseph.
Split 2:Distance1.510Time12:24.60Pace8:13.11

Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 16.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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