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.
...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.
Did a morning jog, ran with the little kids, then with Joseph and Jacob - I did 6x0.625 with 0.125 recovery in the canyon alternating directions, they did the first three. They were able to keep up on all. The times were 3:32.3 (down), 3:44.1 (up), 3:29.6 (down), 3:38.9 (up), 3:23.5 (down), and 3:34.2 (up).
Morning jog, kids runs, did 0.5 pickup with William on the little boy course in 2:56.8, and 3x0.25 down the canyon in the middle - 75.6, 75.3, 73.2. I think the headwind was strong - for some reason I struggled today on those.
Ran with the little kids, William did a pickup for 0.5 in 2:57. Then did 4x0.625, down (3:32.2), up (3:43.5), down (3:29.0), down (3:18.6). Joseph and Jacob did the first 3 with me. Jacob struggled on the second one due to being overdressed and fell back by 2 seconds. Otherwise they kept up. Jenny got a cold, was on reduced mileage.
Ran with the kids. Joseph and Jacob did 6, William 4, Stephen 3, Julia 4. Jenny was sick, jogged 1 mile in the morning, and then another at night. I did a 2 mile tempo out and back in the canyon in 11:58 (6:15,5:43). There was a headwind (tail on the way back, but I had a hard time shifting gears).
With Joseph and Jacob, except for the fast 2 miles.