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February 18, 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: 81.04 Year: 418.47
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 - 2016-11-28 08:28:49
Workout Totals: Distance10.040Time1:28:14.50Pace8:47.34
Snowy day, slow times. ATV still not road ready, so did not plow. Benjamin had a cold, ran only 6 miles. Otherwise usual distances for everybody.

Had an adventure in the evening. We went with our kids to their choir concert in Draper. There was a blizzard. Our van had trouble making it up the hill by the Pointe of the Mountain near Thanksgiving Point - it was very slippery. We slid to the side of the road and could not move forward. One man stopped by and tried to tow us but his tow chain broke. We called the tow truck - the operator told us we would have to get out of the van and find our way to safety on our own if he came. With 11 people, including 3 children under 5 not a good idea. We called highway patrol, but they were swamped.

In the meantime, a semi started to try to get around us. It was rather concerning as the tractor had to face sideways as it moved forward to keep the trailer from sliding into us. So all we could do was pray and trust in the experience of the trucker. I figured if he made it that far in his job, he probably knew what he was doing. It all turned out good - the trailer stayed parallel to our van the entire time.

Finally after waiting 40 minutes or so we decided to give it another shot - by that time the quality of the snow has changed and we had enough traction to get out.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time35:42.50Pace8:55.62
With Joseph.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time35:08.70Pace8:47.17
With Jenny and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time17:23.30Pace8:31.42
Part alone, part with William and Julia.

Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 10.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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