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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 103.81 Year: 1820.96
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1909.35
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1119.99
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.950.750.002.5015.20

A.M. Did a total of 15.2 with a 2 mile time trial of sorts. The goal was to maintain 5:20. I managed to do it for the first mile, and then started losing it slowing down to 83,83,84 quarters, and then kicked in 80 for the last one. The end time was 10:50. This is not bad as it could be, but it does highlight a problem. What I do not understand is the fluctuations that pop up seemingly for no reason. From time to time I have a better day, e.g last Thursday and last Saturday, then it is followed by a multitude of mediocre days like this one. I am starting to suspect a cumulative lack of sleep that accumulates a droplet at a time with the body entering a state where it does not want to take the sleep that it needs. Possibly in combination with glycogen depletion.

Did 4x200 afterwards. Another concern is the difficulty of hitting times as slow as 34.

Jenny ran 3, and Julia did 2. I did 4 with Benjamin, one of it with Joseph. Benjamin and I finished with 4:23 last 0.75.

Green Crocs 1 Miles: 15.20
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
Comments
From Kory on Wed, Jun 08, 2011 at 01:33:19 from 134.50.201.10

Have you changed your diet at all. Maybe it's the Carb intake. Has your work schedule changed not allowing you to sleep as much.

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