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USATF Cross Country Championship

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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: 107.61 Year: 107.61
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1276.97
Race: USATF Cross Country Championship (3.107 Miles) 00:18:49, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-11-11 10:09:23
Workout Totals: Distance12.107Time1:27:44.50Pace7:14.83
Went to the Utah USATF XC Championship at the Cottonwood complex. The kids ran their races, then I ran the 5 K. Based on my splits in the 5 K, I conclude with certainty that 2 K was more than 2/3 of the 3 K. I am suspecting that the 2 K was much longer, and the 3 K was somewhat shorter, but it is hard to tell more than that. The course was hilly, but the hills were short, though steep.


2 K
7-8: Stephen 10:35, 13th place. Kenny Briggs was the winner with 9:05.

3 K
9-10: William 12:08, 7th place. McKay Wells won with 11:01.
11-12: Joseph 10:53 2nd, Jacob 11:10 4th. Zach Hillhouse, very good last name for a cross-country runner, won with 10:51. Brian Richardson ran 10:56, 3rd place. Joseph took the lead at 1 K, built a good gap by about 1.7, but Zach closed it in the last K and outkicked Joseph in the last 200. Brian also made a very strong move at around 1.7 K mark dropping Jacob and almost catching Zach and Joseph.
Masters: Dad 18:49. Teren Jameson ran 16:21.

My splits by 1 K mark (which were not correct, but the first 3 K matches the 3 K course, and the last 1 K also matched the 3 K course): 3:33, 3:51, 3:33, 4:23, 3:29. Joseph: 3:26, 4:00, 3:27. Jacob ran the first 1 K in 3:35.

I ran another 6 miles when I got home, total of 12 for the day. Jenny did 1 with Matthew in 8:43, and then 5 more at 8:00 pace, Julia 5 with the last 1.5 in 11:21, Sarah 5 at 10:00 pace.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time24:58.30Pace8:19.43
Leg 2:Distance3.107Time18:49.30Pace6:03.47
5 K race.
Leg 3:Distance6.000Time43:56.90Pace7:19.48
More distance at home.

Saucony Type A Miles: 6.11Red Crocs Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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