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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 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: 163.70 Year: 3089.36
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
62.501.007.620.0071.12
Navy Crocs Miles: 71.12
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 for part of church, then came home to take care of 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
11.380.000.620.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-07 09:00:46
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:41:13.30Pace8:26.11
Slowing recovering from the croup. Kids are increasing the mileage. I still have a nasty mostly dry cough. Got in full 12 today, though.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time25:59.90Pace8:39.97
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance5.000Time39:44.20Pace7:56.84
With Bonnie and Jacob. Jacob and I did a pickup for 0.625.
Split 1:Distance2.550Time21:15.50Pace8:20.20
Cumilative:Distance2.550Time21:15.50Pace8:20.20
Split 2:Distance0.625Time3:38.50Pace5:49.60
Cumilative:Distance3.175Time24:54.00Pace7:50.55
Split 3:Distance1.825Time14:50.20Pace8:07.78
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time39:44.20Pace7:56.84
 
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:58.70Pace8:58.70
With Joseph and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.20Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time0:00.20Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance1.000Time8:58.50Pace8:58.50
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time8:58.70Pace8:58.70
 
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time26:30.50Pace8:50.17
With Stephen and Joseph.

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
11.000.001.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-08 08:55:11
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:45.60Pace7:58.80
Another day of post-croup recovery. Jacob and I were able to run 5:46 mile down the canyon. Jacob, William, and Stephen are back to full distance. Mary and Bella are running. Got in full 12 again.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time33:09.30Pace8:17.32
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time46:50.50Pace7:48.42
With Jacob and Bonnie. Part with Joseph, William, and Stephen. Pick up for 1 mile with Jacob in 5:46.
Split 1:Distance3.050Time24:33.20Pace8:03.02
Cumilative:Distance3.050Time24:33.20Pace8:03.02
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:46.00Pace5:46.00
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:19.20Pace7:29.19
Split 3:Distance1.950Time16:31.30Pace8:28.36
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time46:50.50Pace7:48.42
 
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:25.80Pace8:25.80
With Matthew and Joseph.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:20.00Pace7:20.00
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
8.000.001.000.009.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-09 09:14:27
Workout Totals: Distance9.000Time1:33:36.90Pace10:24.10
Kids are gradually recovering from the croup. Joseph was up to 5 miles. Jacob and I did a mile pickup in 5:36. Bonnie kept up with us for the first 700 meters or so. Total of 12 for me.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time31:56.70Pace31:56.70
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time46:56.90Pace7:49.48
With Jacob and Bonnie - part with Joseph, William, and Stephen.
Split 1:Distance3.050Time24:36.30Pace8:04.03
Cumilative:Distance3.050Time24:36.30Pace8:04.03
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:36.40Pace5:36.40
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:12.70Pace7:27.58
With Jacob - first 700 with Bonnie.
Split 3:Distance1.950Time16:44.20Pace8:34.97
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time46:56.90Pace7:49.48
 
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time6:55.50Pace6:55.50
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:47.80Pace7:47.80

Navy Crocs Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.001.001.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-10 09:09:35
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:32:44.80Pace7:43.73
Total of 12. Usual distances for the kids, except for Jenny who is still on a gentle recovery regimen and is doing only 4 a day. Did a mile pickup in 5:56 with Jacob, William, and Bonnie.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time31:36.90Pace7:54.23
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time46:58.20Pace7:49.70
With Joseph, Jacob, Bonnie, and William. Part with Stephen. Joseph did not do the mile pickup.
Split 1:Distance3.050Time24:42.10Pace8:05.93
Cumilative:Distance3.050Time24:42.10Pace8:05.93
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:56.80Pace5:56.80
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:38.90Pace7:34.05
Split 3:Distance1.950Time16:19.30Pace8:22.21
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time46:58.20Pace7:49.70
 
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:56.60Pace7:56.60
With Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time6:13.10Pace6:13.10
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
11.000.001.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-11 09:40:08
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:29:24.40Pace7:27.03
Total of 12. Did 4 with Jenny in the AM. Then had some problems to solve at work, kids ran on their own in the afternoon, usual distances, I got out for 8 more later in the evening, did a mile pickup in the dark in 5:47 down the canyon.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time31:24.60Pace7:51.15
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance8.000Time57:59.80Pace7:14.98
Alone.
Split 1:Distance4.480Time33:36.30Pace7:30.07
Cumilative:Distance4.480Time33:36.30Pace7:30.07
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance4.480Time33:36.30Pace7:30.07
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:47.70Pace5:47.70
Cumilative:Distance5.480Time39:24.00Pace7:11.39
Split 4:Distance2.520Time18:35.80Pace7:22.78
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time57:59.80Pace7:14.98
 

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
11.120.003.000.0014.12

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-01-12 12:34:07
Workout Totals: Distance14.125Time1:48:54.30Pace7:42.61
Total of 14. Felt good enough to do a minor workout. Did a mile with Joseph and Bonnie in 5:53 - Bonnie had 5:59. Then did 2 with Jacob in 12:00 - he was struggling today. William ran the warmup with us, and then cool-down with Joseph and Bonnie. Joseph, Bonnie and William did 6, Jacob a bit over 8, Stephen 5, Jenny I think 4, Julia 6, Matthew 1, Mary 0.25, Bella 100 meters.
Leg 1:Distance8.125Time1:01:11.90Pace7:31.93
With Jacob, Joseph, Bonnie, and William (part for each).
Split 1:Distance1.980Time15:23.50Pace7:46.41
Cumilative:Distance1.980Time15:23.50Pace7:46.41
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance1.980Time15:23.50Pace7:46.41
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:53.20Pace5:53.20
Cumilative:Distance2.980Time21:16.70Pace7:08.42
With Joseph and Bonnie.
Split 4:Distance1.125Time9:54.00Pace8:48.00
Cumilative:Distance4.105Time31:10.70Pace7:35.71
Split 5:Distance2.000Time12:00.40Pace6:00.20
Cumilative:Distance6.105Time43:11.10Pace7:04.42
With Jacob.
Split 6:Distance2.020Time18:00.80Pace8:55.05
Cumilative:Distance8.125Time1:01:11.90Pace7:31.93
 
Leg 2:Distance5.000Time39:56.70Pace7:59.34
With Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:45.70Pace7:45.70
With Matthew.

Navy Crocs Miles: 14.12
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
62.501.007.620.0071.12
Navy Crocs Miles: 71.12
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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