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Uneventful Provo River Half Marathon

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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: 304.65 Year: 3606.17
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: 806.96
Race: Uneventful Provo River Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:17:15, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-05-23 08:17:04
Workout Totals: Distance20.460Time2:17:42.30Pace6:43.83
Total of 20. Benjamin and I did the Uneventful Provo River Half Marathon - meaning we ran the course at race effort for me, endurance tempo run for Benjamin, but there was no official race. Stephen set a mile PR of 9:17 on the little boy course, splits of 4:46/4:31 paced by Julia. Julia figured out a way to get him going - it was not easy. She started making up a story as she ran but she ran the pace for Stephen's record - so he had to keep up to be able to hear the story. Joseph and Jacob did 5. Otherwise kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.250Time10:42.40Pace8:33.92
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance13.110Time1:17:15.70Pace5:53.60
The Uneventful Half. After the first 4 miles or so I developed a side-ache. Possibly from the lack of long downhill running practice. First two miles were at around 5:30 pace, then we slowed down to 5:45-5:50 or so. On the uphill the side ache went away and I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to run 6:16. However once the downhill resumed the side ache came back and I could barely keep it sub-6:00. The 3 mile tempo stretch (from about 9 to about 12) was 17:48. Benjamin was solving Putnam problems in his head up until about 6 miles, then he had to focus, but he was still comfortable enough that I had to keep telling him to slow down once every half mile or so.
Leg 3:Distance1.100Time10:56.10Pace9:56.45
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:50.70Pace7:50.70
With Julia, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance4.000Time30:57.40Pace7:44.35
With Joseph and Jacob.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 20.46
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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