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Utah 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Race: Utah USATF Cross Country Championship (3.107 Miles) 00:18:43, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-14 10:22:17
Workout Totals: Distance13.922Time2:00:47.50Pace8:40.58
Today was the Utah State Cross Country Championship. First kids races, then an open race. Our results:

2000, boys 8 and under:

William (7 years old) 9:31 (third place) - McKay Wells won in 8:20, William got outkicked by another kids in the last 100 meters who ran 9:27.

Stephen - 13:09, 6th place - he got lost on the course, not sure how much time he lost. But he is only 5, so I was not expecting him to be competitive against 8 year olds.

3000 meters, boys 9-10 division:

Joseph 12:25, 1st place
Jacob 12:33, 2nd place

They both took a wrong turn and lost about 10 seconds after about the first quarter. I was a bit concerned about Joseph because he complained about a cold yesterday morning, but he seemed to be OK.

4000, girls 13-14:

Julia took second with 19:06. That was a breakthrough run for her.

5000, girls 15-16

Jenny won with 23:33. Good time for her for cross-country.

Open 5000

Benjamin got 4th with 16:59. Ahead of hims Riley 16:15, Jake (back in racing) 16:20, and John Coyle 16:55 (I think). I ran 18:43 winning the masters ($30). Mark struggled today - was with me for the first mile or so, then fell apart badly.

Benjamin was actually ahead of John until the last 600 meters. There was also a high school runner in the heat, but not in the open race because he was in the 17-18 division. Not sure who he was. He took out hard, was ahead of Riley and Jake for some time. Benjamin caught up to him somewhere between 2 and 3 K, they went back and forth for a while, then Benjamin dropped him and ended up beating him by 10 seconds. John started out very conservatively, but then closed very strong passing first the high school runner, and then Benjamin.

Afterwards Benjamin and I added 8 miles.
Leg 1:Distance0.750Time6:00.40Pace8:00.53
Leg 2:Distance0.114Time0:54.70Pace7:59.82
More warm-up.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time23:33.30Pace23:33.30
Jenny's race. I ran around cheering, probably a mile.
Leg 4:Distance0.951Time7:36.40Pace7:59.92
More warm-up.
Leg 5:Distance3.107Time18:43.20Pace6:01.51
The race.
Leg 6:Distance8.000Time1:03:59.50Pace7:59.94

White Crocs 2 Miles: 13.92
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
From MarkP on Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 10:26:58 from

Yeah, I debated about not running since I woke up with a chest cold Saturday morning (it is much worse today). Nice job by you and your family.

From Trevor Larsen on Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 16:02:20 from

Молодец! Как прикончил!

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