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Salt Lake Track Club 5 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: 146.13 Year: 2768.94
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: 22.05
Race: Salt Lake Track Club 5 K (3.107 Miles) 00:18:14, Place overall: 19, Place in age division: 7
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-26 09:24:02
Workout Totals: Distance13.407Time1:41:12.20Pace7:32.91
Salt Lake Track Club 5 K, 18:14, 19th overall, 7th master.

Jacob 18:06 (16th), Joseph 18:07 (17th), William 19:39( - all got PRs. William split 9:51, 9:48 by halves.

Conditions were 30 F, sunny, no wind. We wore pants.

I thought with the fallout from the cough I got I would run about 18:20. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw 3:28 at 1 K and 5:39 at the mile. Was not quite as happy to see 8:53 at the turnaround, as I knew I slowed down. Jacob was following me, Joseph fell back and had 9:00.

Then my wheels fell off. Jacob noticed , passed me and took off. I got passed by Nan, and then Dennis, then Joseph, as well as a couple more runners. All I could do was about 6:00 mile. I did have some semblance of a kick at the end, though, which is a good sign.

Top 20:

1 197 Teren 8:01.2 15:57.2 15:57.2 41 Male Overall m Utah
2 449 Nick Dorsett 8:03.4 16:06.7 16:06.5 23 Male Overall m
3 146 STEPHEN 8:05.8 16:25.5 16:25.2 17 Male Overall m
4 394 Mark Currell 8:27.0 16:48.0 16:47.0 34 Male 30-34 m
5 359 Justin Park 8:13.9 16:51.6 16:50.9 39 Male 35-39 m
6 354 Steve 8:39.0 17:05.5 17:04.3 27 Male 25-29 m
7 275 Melchor 8:45.0 17:06.5 16:29.6 41 Masters m
8 9 Matthew 8:39.4 17:16.6 17:16.2 31 Male 30-34 m
9 335 Kyle Barrett 8:39.9 17:22.4 17:21.7 30 Male 30-34 m
10 333 Stephen 8:39.2 17:25.3 17:24.5 43 Masters m
11 27 Mark Payne 8:40.2 17:33.6 17:33.6 46 Masters m Salt Lake
12 324 Levi Pace 8:50.7 17:46.7 17:46.1 35 Male 35-39 m
13 298 Nan 9:01.9 17:51.3 17:51.3 37 Female Overall f Utah
14 282 Dennis 9:01.2 17:59.9 17:59.0 56 Male 55-59 m
15 272 Scott Daw 8:51.4 18:04.9 18:03.7 33 Male 30-34 m
16 249 Jacob 8:54.4 18:06.7 18:06.2 12 Male 14 & Under m Fast
17 248 Joseph 9:00.9 18:07.7 18:07.3 14 Male 14 & Under m Fast
18 219 Jason 9:05.2 18:12.3 18:09.2 43 Male 40-44 m
19 247 Alexander 8:53.9 18:14.1 18:13.7 45 Male 45-49 m Fast
20 190 Christina 9:05.7 18:15.0 18:14.4 37 Female Overall f Utah

Afterwards, we all went for a cooldown on the race course. Later I added 4.9 miles after helping a co-worker move taking care both of the transportation and the distance to run.

Usual distances at home for everybody else who did not race. Jacob added 1 more mile taking Matthew for a run.
Leg 1:Distance2.150Time17:46.60Pace8:16.09
Warm-up - part with Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 2:Distance3.107Time18:14.40Pace5:52.24
The race.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:39.10Pace5:39.10
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:55.90Pace5:55.90
Split 3:Distance1.107Time6:39.40Pace6:00.79
Leg 3:Distance3.250Time27:51.20Pace8:34.22
Cool-down with Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 4:Distance4.900Time37:20.00Pace7:37.14
More distance later. Ran from downtown Provo where I helped a co-worker move to the house.

Navy Crocs Miles: 13.41
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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