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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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 2339.68
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: 268.74
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.940.004.000.0073.94
White Crocs 1 Miles: 73.94
Night Sleep Time: 49.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 49.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-02 07:54:00
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:44:08.00Pace8:00.62
Total of 13. Benjamin did 6 - sore throat. Jenny 4, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob 3, William 0.5 (stomach flu), Stephen 0.5.
Leg 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Missed button.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time24:01.30Pace8:00.43
With Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:53.60Pace7:57.87
With Benjamin and Julia.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:57.10Pace7:59.03
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time21:57.50Pace7:19.17
Alone.
Leg 6:Distance0.500Time4:55.50Pace9:51.00
With Stephen.
Leg 7:Distance0.500Time5:23.00Pace10:46.00
With William.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-03 09:04:51
Workout Totals: Distance12.500Time1:37:39.80Pace7:48.78
Total of 12.5. Joseph got his stitches out so he ran only 1 mile as the spot is still tender. Benjamin was still suffering from a sore throat, so he ran only 6 miles. William did a little better and was able to run 0.5 at sub-10:00 pace with Stephen. Do not remember what Jenny and Julia did.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time22:55.30Pace7:38.43
With Benjamin and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time24:11.40Pace8:03.80
With Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:56.00Pace7:56.00
I think this one was with Jenny.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time29:57.30Pace7:29.32
Alone.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:50.80Pace9:41.60
With William and Stephen.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:49.00Pace7:49.00
With Joseph.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-04 07:01:11
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:18:09.00Pace7:48.90
Only 10 today. Sore throat. Benjamin did only 6 again, Joseph is still at 1. Do not remember what other kids did exactly.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time22:50.40Pace7:36.80
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:56.80Pace7:56.80
With Joseph.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:36.30Pace7:52.10
With Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:45.50Pace7:55.17
With Benjamin.
Leg 5:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00

White Crocs 1 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.040.001.000.0012.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-05 08:26:43
Workout Totals: Distance12.040Time1:36:40.60Pace8:01.78
Ran 12 today. Figured I could run through the sore throat. Benjamin felt good enough to be back to full mileage. Jacob did 3, Joseph 2, William 1, Stephen 0.5, do not remember what the girls did.
Leg 1:Distance2.040Time16:25.00Pace8:02.84
With Joseph.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time24:27.10Pace8:09.03
With Jacob and Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance6.500Time51:55.40Pace7:59.29
With Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance3.400Time27:41.40Pace8:08.65
Cumilative:Distance3.400Time27:41.40Pace8:08.65
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:47.00Pace5:47.00
Cumilative:Distance4.400Time33:28.40Pace7:36.45
Evaluation pickup. Benjamin felt good for the first 0.5, but then started feeling fatigue in the second half. Which means he is still recovering from the sore throat.
Split 3:Distance2.100Time18:27.00Pace8:47.14
Cumilative:Distance6.500Time51:55.40Pace7:59.29
 
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time3:53.10Pace7:46.20
Alone.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 12.04
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-06 07:28:31
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:10.70Pace7:45.89
12 total. Running through sore throat. Benjamin is recovering. Joseph back to 3 miles. Julia is sick, ran only a mile. Jenny ran full 4.
Leg 1:Distance9.000Time1:09:44.40Pace7:44.93
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time23:26.30Pace7:48.77
With Joseph and Jacob.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.400.003.000.0014.40

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-07 08:02:56
Workout Totals: Distance14.400Time1:53:46.60Pace7:54.07
15.4 total. Sore throat. The stomach started malfunctioning as well. Did 12.4 with Benjamin and Chad, and 3 with Joseph and Jacob. Jenny did 4, William 1, Stephen 0.5, Julia 2.

Benjamin and I did a 3 mile tempo down the canyon with the splits of 5:47, 5:46, 5:40. Benjamin felt the pace was easy. It was not so easy for me, my stomach did not like it, but I toughed it out and even asked Benjamin to pull me at a faster pace at the end.
Leg 1:Distance5.800Time52:26.80Pace9:02.55
Leg 2:Distance5.600Time38:18.90Pace6:50.52
Split 1:Distance3.000Time17:13.90Pace5:44.63
Cumilative:Distance3.000Time17:13.90Pace5:44.63
Split 2:Distance2.600Time21:05.00Pace8:06.54
Cumilative:Distance5.600Time38:18.90Pace6:50.52
 
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:00.90Pace7:40.30

White Crocs 1 Miles: 14.40
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.940.004.000.0073.94
White Crocs 1 Miles: 73.94
Night Sleep Time: 49.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 49.00
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