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.
Ran with the kids, did a 2 mile out and back tempo in the canyon in 11:36.8. Started out in 5:46 (up), but then there was some headwind on the way back, plus I think I just ran out of juice, so the second mile was 5:50. Total of 11.4.
Ran with Jenny and William in the AM, then in the PM ran with Joseph and Jacob. We did a 3 mile tempo down the canyon. Jacob and I ran 17:15.9 (5:43, 5:47, 5:45). Joseph was having some mental issues today. He was expecting this tempo run to be easy as he did not think Jacob was capable of 17:15. So half way through Jacob was still strong, and this really got on Joseph's nerves, so he flipped out and slowed down to 6:00 pace, and finished in 17:35, except stopped one meter short and would not talk to me. For this he earned a corrective attitude-adjustment interval at the end of the run. He was tired and in a bad mood, so all he could do was 2:57 0.5 down the canyon.
With Jenny and William.
Warm-up with Joseph and Jacob.
Tempo run with Jacob. Joseph was with us for the first half.
Ran 4 with Jenny and William in the AM. Then in the PM paced Jacob through a mile down the canyon (with some headwind) in 5:22.8 - new course PR, then did 4x0.125 down the canyon (Jacob did 1-2 and the 4th with me), and did 2 more with Jenny. Everybody is back to full health, running usual distances.