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 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.
...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.
Jenny started the winter semester. She is taking Russian 202. This is quite a leap for her. She can read and understand some basic things, but she is going to need a lot of help in that class. Fortunately Russian is my first language. To make things work smoother, I had to rearrange my schedule, and it works out best if I run 3-4 miles in the morning and the rest in the afternoon.
So I ran 3 with William in the morning, and then 8 more in the afternoon. Did a 2 mile tempo run in the canyon out and back. The wind was blowing into the canyon. I got 11:35 splitting it 5:50, 5:45. Jenny was able to run 2 miles. Julia did 5, I think. Matthew had a cold, ran only 0.5.
With Joseph and Jacob except for the 2 mile tempo.
Ran 4 with Jenny and the younger kids in the morning, then did 6 more in the afternoon with a 3 mile tempo run down the canyon with Joseph in 17:21 (5:45, 5:52, 5:44). This was a 3 mile PR for him. I was surprised at how energetic both of us were - I thought I would not want to run much faster than 6:00, and even if I did, he would not follow. Jacob ran 0.5 with Matthew in 4:40.
With Stephen and Jenny.
With with Jenny. William and Jacob ran ahead, got 23:39, I think.
Ran with the kids, little and big, did 3x0.25 (77.4 up, 75.8 down, 75.3 down). Jenny did 4, Matthew a bit more than 0.5 - still recovering from the cold, Stephen only 1 as well, Jacob 4, everybody else usual distances.
Ran with Jenny, William, and Stephen in the morning, then did 3x0.625 with Jacob (3:28.3 down, 3:45.3 up, 3:27.8 down), and also ran part of Joseph's run and with Sarah and Matthew. Joseph did only 4 today due to the foot pain. Everybody except Joseph, Stephen, Matthew, and Jenny are back to their normal distances.
Ran with most of the kids today. Did 3x0.625 with 0.125 recovery down the canyon with Joseph (3:29.8, 3:29.5, 3:25.5), then a 2 mile tempo run down the canyon in 10:57 (5:27,5:30) - it went better than I thought it would, I felt strong.