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.
...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.
Day of rest. Went to church. Got a lot of happy birthdays. 40 years old officially.
Night Sleep Time: 7.50
Nap Time: 0.00
Total Sleep Time: 7.50
From Kam on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 13:36:05 from 188.8.131.52
Utah Masters runners are quivering now.
From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 14:15:27 from 184.108.40.206
They have already been quivering since Iain Hunter turned 40 :-) I suppose he only runs St. George, while I run Utah Valley, Deseret News (sometimes), and Top of Utah. Next year I believe Scott Keate will be a master, and I think Matt Poulsen is not that far away from the threshhold.
Really, 40 is not that old. We make it older than it should be through unhealthy lifestyle of stress, lack of exercise, and poor diet which starts taking its toll after some time. I hope to make a contribution with the Fast Running Blog to change that expectation, and to show what should be normal for 40.
From JimmySG on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 14:28:08 from 220.127.116.11
Happy late birthday. I agree the Master's division is going to get some still competition in the next bit.
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