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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

Benjamin forgot to bring his watch. I gave him mine, so no Fast Running Friend splits today. Total of 20. Did a workout with Benjamin. He did 6x1 mile down the canyon. Target was 5:00, he exceeded it - 4:55, 4:51, 4:51, 4:50, 4:46, 4:56. He kept complaining about missed sleep - right as he was falling asleep last night Matthew started crying. Benjamin listened for a while, then decided to check what was wrong, and changed Matthew's diaper, but then had a hard time falling asleep. That did not seem to affect him much as he had a great workout. I do not know where that 4:46 of the 5th repetion came from. Recoveries were 0.25 after the first 2, then 0.75 for 2 more, then 1 mile before the last one. Can he cash in on the fitness at Draper Days? We shall see...

I did 0.5 in the first two with him, then 500 meters in the third, and three more 0.5 after that. My splits were 2:28, 2:21, 1:31(500), 2:24, 2:23, 2:28. Decent workout for me as well. Have not gone that fast for that long for a while.

Then we got home - Benjamin was done with about 12.7 total for the day, I ran 5 more with Joseph and Jacob - William, Jenny, and Julia ran 3 total, 1.5 with us. Jenny ran one more with Stephen. Then I added 3 more alone.

I think running hard intervals at the start of a long run could be a good way to develop fuel storage/efficiency. I would not have thought of it, though, had Benjamin's training needs not required it of me today.


White Crocs 2 Miles: 20.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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