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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: 141.72 Year: 762.89
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 987.95
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1529.15
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
63.000.001.000.0064.00
Navy Crocs Miles: 64.00
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 - sort of. Went to church for part of the time, then came back to deal with the sick kids.

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 - 2018-12-31 15:14:53
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:19:57.00Pace7:59.70
Croup day 8. Jacob was able to run 3 miles at a decent pace, Joseph did 4, not sick but feeling some odd fatigue, Matthew, Stephen, and Jenny ran 0.5. I got all of my miles in. Julia I think ran 3.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time4:17.70Pace8:35.40
With Jenny and Bonnie.
Leg 2:Distance0.500Time4:11.60Pace8:23.20
With Matthew and Bonnie.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time22:30.30Pace7:30.10
With Jacob and Bonnie.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:26.20Pace8:26.20
With William and Bonnie.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:46.40Pace9:32.80
With Stephen and Bonnie.
Leg 6:Distance4.500Time35:44.80Pace7:56.62
Part with Joseph and Bonnie, part alone.

Navy Crocs 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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-01 15:37:49
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:39:50.20Pace8:19.18
Another day of croup. Now recovering. All of the kids except Mary and Bella are now running some, though nobody at 100% of the distance. I got 12 miles in.
Leg 1:Distance2.000Time15:30.40Pace7:45.20
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time34:45.90Pace8:41.48
With Bonnie, Joseph, Julia, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance2.000Time17:44.90Pace8:52.45
With William and Bonnie.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:37.80Pace8:37.80
With Stephen.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time8:18.30Pace8:18.30
With Jenny.
Leg 6:Distance0.500Time4:11.00Pace8:22.00
With Matthew.
Leg 7:Distance1.500Time10:41.90Pace7:07.93
Alone.

Navy Crocs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-02 13:04:51
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:39:31.20Pace8:17.60
Another day of croup. Got it full 12. Jacob was able to do 4. Joseph, on the other hand got sick and was not able to run. Mary and Bella are better but still not running.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:23.90Pace7:47.97
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time33:32.00Pace8:23.00
With Jacob and Bonnie - I think.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:30.40Pace8:30.40
With Matthew, Stephen and Bonnie.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:35.50Pace8:35.50
With Stephen and Bonnie.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time25:29.40Pace8:29.80
With William.

Navy Crocs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-03 13:18:35
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time1:05:32.50Pace8:11.56
Another day of croup. Now my turn to get sick. Had a fever in the middle of the night, but was able to get it down. Felt terrible the next day, frequently thought of Brigham Young and Heber C Kimball going on a mission, that helped me feel better. Dragged myself through 8 miles, felt like singing "and if we die before our journey's through..." every step of the way. Jenny did 3, William 3, Joseph still too sick to run, Jacob 4, Stephen 2, I think Julia 3 or 4. Sarah is hanging on, doing 2.5 a day.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:54.00Pace7:58.00
Part with Jenny, part alone.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time25:21.50Pace8:27.17
With William and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:26.80Pace8:26.80
With Jacob, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:50.20Pace7:50.20
With Stephen - his first sub-8:00 mile since getting sick.

Navy Crocs Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-04 11:12:14
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:19:54.40Pace7:59.44
Felt a bit better, got 10 miles in it. Stephen got up to 2 miles, Joseph was able to run 1 mile today, Jacob still at 4. I think Mary and Bella ran a little bit today.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:45.90Pace7:55.30
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time32:02.00Pace8:00.50
With Jacob, William, and Bonnie.
Leg 3:Distance2.000Time15:57.60Pace7:58.80
With Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:08.90Pace8:08.90
With Joseph and Matthew.

Navy Crocs 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
11.000.001.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-05 10:28:20
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:36:00.30Pace8:00.02
Kids are starting to feel better, getting closer to their usual distances. I did 12 total today. Jacob and I ran a 5:55 mile. This was our first sub-6:00 in almost 2 weeks.
Leg 1:Distance6.000Time47:18.30Pace7:53.05
All with Jacob, all except the fast mile with Bonnie - she made it to about 0.5.
Split 1:Distance3.050Time24:40.40Pace8:05.38
Cumilative:Distance3.050Time24:40.40Pace8:05.38
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:55.50Pace5:55.50
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:35.90Pace7:33.31
Split 3:Distance1.950Time16:42.40Pace8:34.05
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time47:18.30Pace7:53.05
 
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time32:18.60Pace8:04.65
With William.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:39.40Pace7:39.40
With Joseph, Stephen, and Matthew - down the canyon.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:44.00Pace8:44.00
With Joseph, Stephen, and Matthew - up the canyon.

Navy Crocs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
63.000.001.000.0064.00
Navy Crocs Miles: 64.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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