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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: 77.26 Year: 2379.27
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1263.81
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Ran on the Provo River Trail by Geneva Road with John Bishoff and Steve Hillam. Did a warm-up, then 4x100 with ankle weights - 18.8 - 19.0 - 18.6 - 16.8. I asked them to run fast enough to drop me on the last one, they did, and I ended up setting an ankle-weights record for a 100.

Then a 10 mile tempo run. John and Steve were helping as much as they could. John made it through the mile in 5:46, which is his official mile record for now. I was doing fine at first - 14:26 at 2.5, the next 2.5 in 14:37. Then around 7 miles I noticed that all of a sudden the same effort is giving me about 5:55-6:00 pace. Not good - dehydration, out of glycogen, lack of sleep, nervous system overload, lack of speedwork, adrenal glands quitting, overtraining, a combination of all of the above or something else? Decided to try to pick up the pace anyway - after quite a bit of grumbling managed a 1:23 quarter, then after a 200 in 43 which felt hard decided perhaps pushing the pace was not wise. Backed off, and coasted. Did not even bother to look at the watch for a while, then when I did, I realized I was going 6:12 pace. I finally talked myself into speeding up to 6:00, and even managed the last quarter in 1:23. So perhaps I possibly overreacted to the slow-down. 29:34 for the last 5 miles, and 58:37 for the whole run.

Took the kids with me to get the oil change/safety/emissions/registiration at Jiffy Lube. While we were there waiting, we ran to the nearby track at Provo High. Benjamin set a 400 meter record of 1:36.2. We then did some more running.

In the evening added another 2 "always on the run" miles. Total of 16 for the day, and 90 for the week.

Also decided to start working out with weights. I have a hunch that testosterone somehow contributes to a good running economy. A masculine muscle works like hard rubber on ground contact, while a feminine is more like cotton. My intuition tells me I could use more hard rubber and less cotton in my muscles. Testosterone, I suppose, is the hormone would make the muscle more like hard rubber. Maximum effort in lifting weights should stimulate its production. So today I did 3 sets of 3 with 85 pounds, and that was about maximum effort.

Sandy Classic did not give Glen any comps, but fortunately Murray Fun Days 5 K did. That means I am going to be having fun in Murray on the 4th of July. It would be interesting to see how I do in a 5 K after three 90+ mile weeks with all the tempo running, and no speedwork.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Brent on Mon, Jul 03, 2006 at 20:03:14

Sasha, good luck at the Murray 5K, see you there. I am running the series this year for old timers div. I also wonder ahout over training, pushing my weekly mileage up into the 60s. How do you get a handle on over training?

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