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SLC Track Club 10 K

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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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
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: 1185.83
Race: SLC Track Club 10 K (6.214 Miles) 00:36:43, Place overall: 14, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-10 09:14:23
Workout Totals: Distance19.060Time2:22:10.50Pace7:27.56
SLC Track Club 10 K, 36:43, 14th overall, 4th master. First half 18:09, second half 18:34.

Riley won with 30:59 (course record), Teren was 2nd with 32:46 (master's course record), Nate Hornok 33:03. Mel Suate was the second master with 34:52, then Matt Wolpert 34:53.

I had nice pack to run with for the first half, then David Dixon went ahead (second half 17:25), the rest of my pack fell behind, so I ended up running most of the second half alone. Scott Ruebish passed me, around 6 K mark, I tried to go with him, but could not - he ended up with 17:30 for the second half which was out of my range today. Dominic Bolin passed me at around 8 K, I tried to stay with him, but could not - his second half was 17:53, this was also enough out of my range that I could not do it.

We had significant wind, but it was not steady in one direction. Definitely running with a pack in either direction was helpful, though. I felt like adjusted for not having a pack, I help my pace very well in the second half. I was concerned that since my continuous tempo runs since September never exceeded 4 miles, I might have trouble towards the end of the 10K, but I did not. We will see how well I hold up in the half marathon in two weeks.

After I got home, I ran with Joseph in the afternoon. Jenny did only 5 miles, William 3, Stephen 2, as they all had colds.
Leg 1:Distance3.550Time26:52.40Pace7:34.20
Warm-up - timed the official 5 K in 23:13.
Leg 2:Distance6.210Time36:43.40Pace5:54.81
Race, splits by 1 K.
Split 1:Distance0.621Time3:32.70Pace5:42.51
Split 2:Distance0.621Time3:38.80Pace5:52.33
Split 3:Distance0.621Time3:39.70Pace5:53.78
Split 4:Distance0.621Time3:39.40Pace5:53.30
Split 5:Distance0.621Time3:38.00Pace5:51.05
Split 6:Distance0.621Time3:46.70Pace6:05.06
Split 7:Distance1.242Time7:25.60Pace5:58.78
Split 8:Distance0.621Time3:43.90Pace6:00.55
Split 9:Distance0.621Time3:38.60Pace5:52.01
Leg 3:Distance3.300Time31:21.40Pace9:30.12
Cool-down with Bill Cobler, Mel, and David.
Leg 4:Distance5.000Time38:25.70Pace7:41.14
With Joseph at home.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time8:47.60Pace8:47.60
With Sarah and Matthew.

Red Crocs Miles: 19.06
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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