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February 22, 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

A.M. Ran with Jeff. 10.1 in 1:11:01. After a little over 5 miles of warm-up we did a fartlek. The target was 1:00 at 5:20 pace with 1 minute of jogging. Jeff overachieved again and hit the fast minutes at around 5:00. I almost did not complain and did stay with him.

Then, right as I prepared to relax and enjoy the 2 mile cool-down Jeff informed me that he was late for work and we would have to run 6:00 pace to make it, but he would take it easy on me, run a bit slower and make up for the lost time with a quicker shower/getting dressed. So we went about 6:40 at first, but the pace progressively kept getting quicker as gradually recovered from the fartlek and became more responsive to Jeff's subtle moves to increase the pace. We saw Sarah out on the trail, she was in a good mood, and ran for maybe 20 meters with us just to feel the pace. She thought it was closer to 8:00, and was surprised to hear that it was under 6:40.

Then Jeff poured some more gasoline into the fire and we ran the last 0.625 in 3:46 (6:02 pace).

Took Benjamin for a run shortly after. His assignment was 6:00 to 0.5 or to failure, and then if failure happened before 0.5 something fast at the end. We warmed up with a 9:17 mile, then he ran 600 in 2:16.  Then we jogged a little less than half mile and ran the last 300 in 1:07 (6:00 pace).

It went a whole lot better than Friday's 1:35 quarter. So something works. The suspects are slowing down on easy runs, training at 6:00 pace, and hawthorn berry tea. I do not really care which one of them is the most dominant as long as I know that the combination of three works. We'll keep doing it.

P.M. 2 with Jenny in 17:48. Julia ran 1.5 in 13:41. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:41.

Water Clogs Miles: 14.60
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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