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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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 3555.51
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
61.537.508.223.2580.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.780.004.220.0012.00

Slate Canyon Loop twice (4.22) in 23:23.9

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Frisco,TX: easy

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.003.2511.00

Frisco,TX: track workout, 4x100, 8x400 avg. 70.0, wind

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Easy run with George - 10 miles. It was very slippery.

Additionally, some "always on the run" miles, and a run with Benjamin and Jenny.

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Easy run on the Slate Canyon loop with tempo pace accelerations. Ran 0.5 in 2:41 flat from my house. Tried to relax and focus on using the hamstrings and the gluts as much as possible especially when going uphill. Total time for the 10 mile run was 1:07:58.

Additionally did my "always on the the run" miles, and ran with Benjamin during his birthday race. Today is Benjamin's birthday. He turned 7.

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7.507.502.500.0017.50

10 mile tempo run on the Provo River Trail by Geneva Road. Mostly flat course - slightly almost invisibly rolling, but I can never run as fast there as I do on a true flat course.

Ran 2.5 out, then back, then repeat. First 2.5 in 14:23. Back in 14:29, next 2.5 in 14:26. Feeling OK, just regular 5:45 - 5:50 pace, nothing special. Then the last 2.5 really hard in 13:37 at a steady pace. That is quite a bit faster than I expected for the total time of 56:55. A couple of weeks ago I ran it in 13:44, and that surprised me. It felt different than two weeks ago - more aerobic.

What is interesting is that at the end I had virtually no kick, but I was able to hit the last 0.5 in 2:40 at a steady pace.

Additionally, did the "always on the run miles" during the day, and ran with Benjamin and Jenny on my cooldown.

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