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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

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 162.86 Year: 2872.42
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: 903.91
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
75.540.003.653.7582.94
Black Crocs 2 Miles: 82.93
Night Sleep Time: 22.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 24.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-01 09:05:05
Workout Totals: Distance14.000Time1:53:39.90Pace8:07.14
Usual run. 14 total. Kids ran their usual distances with the exception of Julia (2 miles), and Matthew (did not run) due to colds.
Leg 1:Distance10.000Time1:19:23.00Pace7:56.30
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time34:16.90Pace8:34.23
With Joseph and Jacob. I think we had Jenny for part of it.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 14.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-02 06:54:13
Workout Totals: Distance14.000Time1:54:48.00Pace8:12.00
Usual run. Kids ran their usual distances. Matthew was back to normal today - in fact he ran one of his fastest times for 200 meters - 1:09, only 1 second off his record. However, Mary got a bad cough.
Leg 1:Distance10.000Time1:19:16.00Pace7:55.60
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time35:32.00Pace8:53.00
With Joseph, Jacob, and Jenny.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 14.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.340.000.000.0014.34

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-03 06:46:47
Workout Totals: Distance14.340Time1:56:09.80Pace8:06.04
Total of 14. It was slippery in a lot of places. Kids ran their usual distances except for William who did 3. Joseph and Jacob did a pickup for the last mile on the little boy course. Their target was 7:00, they ran 6:50.
Leg 1:Distance10.300Time1:20:53.50Pace7:51.21
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time9:30.80Pace9:30.80
With Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time18:54.90Pace9:16.32
With William.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time6:50.60Pace6:50.60
With Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 14.34
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.002.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-04 06:49:28
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:12:44.70Pace7:16.47
Total of 12 today. Benjamin and I did a short tempo run down the canyon trying to fight the ice. Joseph and Jacob had sore throats, I had them run only 2 miles today. I think Jenny did only 4. Otherwise usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance6.500Time50:08.90Pace7:42.91
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time11:24.50Pace5:42.25
Tempo run with Benjamin. He paced me. It was slippery, but not too bad. Enough traction for 5:40 pace.
Leg 3:Distance1.500Time11:11.30Pace7:27.53
Back to the house.
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-04 08:48:23
Workout Totals: Distance2.000Time17:20.40Pace8:40.20
 
Leg 1:Distance2.000Time17:20.40Pace8:40.20
With Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-05 12:09:32
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:16.30Pace7:51.36
Benjamin slept in this morning and was feeling tired in general, so I ran with him 8 miles in the afternoon. Otherwise kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time32:06.00Pace8:01.50
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance8.000Time1:02:10.30Pace7:46.29
With Benjamin.

Black Crocs 2 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
13.200.001.653.7518.60

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-02-06 09:41:28
Workout Totals: Distance18.595Time2:26:45.70Pace7:53.55
18 total. Usual Saturday distances for the kids except for Jenny who took the ACT today and ran only 3. Benjamin and I did 6x1000 with 200 recovery in the canyon - first 2 down, next 2 up, and last 2 down. There was some slippage on the roads. I hit my downhill ones in around 3:30 - 3:34, uphills were 3:49, 3:53. Benjamin did the downhill ones in around 3:06, last one 3:01, uphills were 3:25 and 3:35.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time9:26.30Pace9:26.30
With Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time18:04.90Pace8:51.81
With William.
Leg 3:Distance2.000Time12:59.30Pace6:29.65
A tempo run of sorts. Out to meet Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob, a little further to make it an even distance, then back to catch up, and finished with them.
Split 1:Distance1.650Time10:15.80Pace6:13.21
Cumilative:Distance1.650Time10:15.80Pace6:13.21
Split 2:Distance0.350Time2:43.50Pace7:47.14
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time12:59.30Pace6:29.65
 
Leg 4:Distance3.900Time31:53.40Pace8:10.62
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 5:Distance4.375Time29:21.90Pace6:42.72
6x100 workout.
Split 1:Distance0.625Time3:24.50Pace5:27.20
Cumilative:Distance0.625Time3:24.50Pace5:27.20
Split 2:Distance0.125Time1:15.80Pace10:06.40
Cumilative:Distance0.750Time4:40.30Pace6:13.73
Split 3:Distance0.625Time3:32.90Pace5:40.64
Cumilative:Distance1.375Time8:13.20Pace5:58.69
Split 4:Distance0.125Time2:02.90Pace16:23.20
Cumilative:Distance1.500Time10:16.10Pace6:50.73
Split 5:Distance0.625Time3:49.30Pace6:06.88
Cumilative:Distance2.125Time14:05.40Pace6:37.84
Split 6:Distance0.125Time1:24.60Pace11:16.80
Cumilative:Distance2.250Time15:30.00Pace6:53.33
Split 7:Distance0.625Time3:53.30Pace6:13.28
Cumilative:Distance2.875Time19:23.30Pace6:44.63
Split 8:Distance0.125Time1:28.50Pace11:48.00
Cumilative:Distance3.000Time20:51.80Pace6:57.27
Split 9:Distance0.625Time3:31.60Pace5:38.56
Cumilative:Distance3.625Time24:23.40Pace6:43.70
Split 10:Distance0.125Time1:24.40Pace11:15.20
Cumilative:Distance3.750Time25:47.80Pace6:52.75
Split 11:Distance0.625Time3:34.10Pace5:42.56
Cumilative:Distance4.375Time29:21.90Pace6:42.72
 
Leg 6:Distance2.280Time20:15.20Pace8:52.98
Back to the house.
Leg 7:Distance3.000Time24:44.70Pace8:14.90
With Jenny.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 18.59
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
75.540.003.653.7582.94
Black Crocs 2 Miles: 82.93
Night Sleep Time: 22.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 24.00
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