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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 61.20 Year: 2764.50
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 621.04
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 594.85
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
62.150.005.000.0067.15
Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 67.15
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-01-02 09:50:39
Workout Totals: Distance10.500Time1:33:01.50Pace8:51.57
Lots of snow today, had a hard time getting through our runs. Usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time5:02.20Pace10:04.40
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time9:29.40Pace9:29.40
With Stephen, William, and Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:07.20Pace8:07.20
With William and Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time35:28.70Pace8:52.17
With Jenny, Benjamin, and Joseph, I think.
Leg 5:Distance4.000Time34:54.00Pace8:43.50
With Benjamin, Julia and Joseph

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-01-03 10:33:21
Workout Totals: Distance10.500Time1:23:49.20Pace7:58.97
Usual runs. More runnable than the day before.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time32:20.00Pace8:05.00
With Joseph, Jacob, Benjamin, and Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time46:06.70Pace7:41.12
With Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance0.500Time5:22.50Pace10:45.00
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.530.005.000.0010.53

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-01-04 10:09:56
Workout Totals: Distance10.530Time1:15:11.80Pace7:08.47
Usual runs for the kids. Benjamin and I did a tempo run on the out-and-back course from our house to the canyon and back. We had some snow, and that course has a good amount of momentum breaking hills, so I thought maybe I'd run 30:30, but I had more juice than I thought, and even closed with a 6:01 uphill mile with a decent portion of it on snow.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:58.30Pace7:58.30
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time32:22.70Pace8:05.68
With Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance5.000Time29:39.90Pace5:55.98
Tempo run with Benjamin - out and back from the house on hills.
Leg 4:Distance0.030Time0:19.50Pace10:50.00
False start with Matthew.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:51.40Pace9:42.80
With Matthew for real.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.53
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.040.000.000.0010.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-01-05 10:19:20
Workout Totals: Distance10.040Time1:25:13.60Pace8:29.32
Lots of snow today. Plowed. Had some issues with the ATV - it ran out of gas, and also the plow got messed up. Had our mechanically inclined friend Jacob help me with it - he got it working enough for me to be able to drive home.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time5:15.00Pace10:30.00
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time32:08.70Pace8:02.18
With Joseph, Jacob, Julia, and Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time19:14.30Pace9:25.83
With Benjamin, William, and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:51.20Pace8:51.20
With Benjamin and William.
Leg 5:Distance2.500Time19:44.40Pace7:53.76
With Benjamin.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-01-06 16:37:57
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:23:08.10Pace8:18.81
Usual distances for everybody today, except William did 4.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time5:01.90Pace10:03.80
Rare occurrence - with all of our six boys together: Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:53.40Pace8:53.40
With Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance2.500Time21:42.60Pace8:41.04
With Joseph, Jacob, William, and Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance6.000Time47:30.20Pace7:55.03
With Benjamin.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.580.000.000.0015.58

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-01-07 11:10:45
Workout Totals: Distance15.580Time2:06:37.80Pace8:07.66
15.5 total for me, 15 for Benjamin. Usual Saturday distance for everybody except for William who did 3. Lots of snow, slow pace.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time5:08.80Pace10:17.60
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time18:53.30Pace9:15.54
With Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:24.00Pace8:24.00
With William, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 4:Distance2.040Time16:44.60Pace8:12.45
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance10.000Time1:17:27.10Pace7:44.71
With Benjamin.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 15.58
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
62.150.005.000.0067.15
Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 67.15
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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