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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: 207.91 Year: 2917.47
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
69.540.001.750.6271.91
Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 71.92
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.040.000.000.0012.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-19 12:32:31
Workout Totals: Distance12.040Time1:37:46.30Pace8:07.23
We got some snow today. I plowed, then we ran. Total of 12 for me. Joseph had a sore throat, so he ran only 3. Matthew is back to full distance. Our neighbor Bonnie ran with us, got 24:33 for 3 miles.
Leg 1:Distance5.000Time39:30.90Pace7:54.18
With Jenny and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:45.60Pace7:45.60
With Jenny.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time17:15.10Pace8:27.40
With Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time24:33.10Pace8:11.03
With Joseph, Bonnie, Zach, and William.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time8:41.60Pace8:41.60
With Matthew.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 12.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.570.000.000.6211.19

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-20 10:14:23
Workout Totals: Distance11.200Time1:26:48.00Pace7:45.00
Our neighbor Bonnie is a talented runner, likes to run, but has a hard time making it happen on a regular basic. So we came up with a plan - we just run with her to school as part of our run, and then back. This gives us about 2.2 total, she ends up with a bit less than a mile. So we did that, then ran some more. Total of 11 for me. Usual distances for everybody. I did a pickup for 0.625 in 3:25 which was a decent effort as I had pants, hat, and a jacket.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time18:10.40Pace8:15.64
With Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen (part with Bonnie).
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time22:24.00Pace7:28.00
With Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:34.50Pace8:34.50
With Jenny and Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance5.000Time37:39.10Pace7:31.82
With Jenny (except for the pickup).
Split 1:Distance2.615Time20:30.30Pace7:50.48
Cumilative:Distance2.615Time20:30.30Pace7:50.48
Split 2:Distance0.625Time3:25.20Pace5:28.32
Cumilative:Distance3.240Time23:55.50Pace7:23.06
Split 3:Distance1.760Time13:43.60Pace7:47.95
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time37:39.10Pace7:31.82
 

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 11.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.450.000.750.0011.20

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-21 10:19:29
Workout Totals: Distance11.200Time1:27:54.60Pace7:50.95
Joseph had a cold, so he ran only 2 miles today. Otherwise usual distances for everybody. I did a pickup for 0.75 with Jacob in 4:20 down the canyon.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time17:27.00Pace7:55.91
With Joseph, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time23:17.10Pace7:45.70
With William.
Leg 3:Distance5.000Time38:34.10Pace7:42.82
With Jenny and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance2.610Time20:41.90Pace7:55.82
Cumilative:Distance2.610Time20:41.90Pace7:55.82
Split 2:Distance0.750Time4:20.30Pace5:47.07
Cumilative:Distance3.360Time25:02.20Pace7:27.08
Split 3:Distance1.640Time13:31.90Pace8:15.06
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time38:34.10Pace7:42.82
 
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:36.40Pace8:36.40
With Matthew, Jacob, and Jenny.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 11.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.240.000.000.0010.24

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-22 10:16:44
Workout Totals: Distance10.240Time1:20:23.00Pace7:51.00
A bit of taper for the boys for the Phoenix 10 K. Joseph had a cold, ran only 2.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time17:06.50Pace7:46.59
With Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time15:49.40Pace7:45.39
With Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:48.30Pace8:48.30
With Matthew, Jenny, and Sarah.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:59.80Pace7:59.93
With Jenny and William.
Leg 5:Distance2.000Time14:39.00Pace7:19.50
With Jenny.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 10.24
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.200.000.000.0013.20

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-23 08:36:41
Workout Totals: Distance13.200Time1:48:43.70Pace8:14.22
We ran a bit in the morning anticipating to fly into Mesa for the half marathon for me, and 10 K for Joseph and Jacob. Unfortunately, our flight got cancelled. Allegiant is a small airline, and while cheap, has some issues. According to the plan, a plane was supposed to fly from Mesa to Provo in the morning, then go from Provo to LA in the late morning, and come back in the afternoon to take us to Mesa. However, the flight from Mesa could not land because of the heavy fog, circled the Provo Airport a couple of times, and flew back to Mesa. It retried in the afternoon, and made it, so our flight at first got delayed until 8 pm, but then they decided to reschedule it for the next day, which was not usable for us. We considered driving, but decided against it. So we ended up missing the race, and ran some more miles in the evening.

We had a lot of snow today, so our times were slow. I managed to get in 13 miles total, though.
 
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time26:03.00Pace8:41.00
With Jenny and William.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:30.10Pace7:30.10
Alone.
Leg 3:Distance2.200Time18:24.90Pace8:22.23
With Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:52.50Pace8:52.50
With Matthew, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time25:00.40Pace8:20.13
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance3.000Time22:52.80Pace7:37.60
Alone.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 13.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.040.001.000.0014.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-24 08:51:35
Workout Totals: Distance14.040Time1:52:13.30Pace7:59.58
Total of 14. All of it with the kids. Joseph was not feeling 100%, ran only 3. Jenny and Jacob did 8, Julia 5, William 5, Sarah was not feeling 100%, ran only 3, Matthew 1, Stephen 3, Mary 0.25.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time24:12.30Pace8:04.10
With William and Zach.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time16:37.00Pace8:08.73
With William, Stephen, and Zach.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:58.50Pace8:58.50
With Matthew and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:56.80Pace7:58.93
With Jenny, Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie.
Leg 5:Distance5.000Time38:28.70Pace7:41.74
With Jacob - first half with Jenny and Julia.
Split 1:Distance2.500Time20:39.90Pace8:15.96
Cumilative:Distance2.500Time20:39.90Pace8:15.96
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:00.60Pace6:00.60
Cumilative:Distance3.500Time26:40.50Pace7:37.29
Split 3:Distance1.500Time11:48.20Pace7:52.13
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time38:28.70Pace7:41.74
 

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 14.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.540.001.750.6271.91
Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 71.92
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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