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 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.
...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.
13 total. Did 5 with Jenny including the pickup in 2:59 for 0.5, and then later part alone, part with the kids. Joseph and Jacob did 5, Bonnie 6, William and Stephen 3, Matthew 1. Do not remember what Julia did today, I think she was on reduced mileage due to an infection. I did a pickup for 1.5 in 8:22 and felt great.
Paced Sarah through her first sub-8:00 mile (7:47) since the birth of Leigha. We did it down the canyon, but there was some headwind. Then did more miles, ran 5:41 mile down the canyon. In the afternoon, did 4x0.25 with 0.125 recovery with Joseph and Jacob 74.0, 74.9, 74.8. 70.6. Bonnie did the first one, and the last one - she kept up on the first, and ran 73 on the last. Then did 0.125 with Stephen in 41.9.
Did 4x0.25 with 0.125 recovery with Joseph and Jacob down the canyon targeting 75, but we did 71.3 and 70.2 on the last two. Joseph stayed with me on all of them. Jacob fell back on the last one and got 72.8. Bonnie did the first three, stayed with us on the first two, the last one I think she had around 75. Stephen did a few 100 meter stretches, total of 5 miles. William ran easy 5.
Matthew set a new mile PR on the little boy course - 7:05.6 - splits 1:48, 1:49, 1:46, 1:40. Finally his quantity of fast runs translated into quality.
Total of 16. Was tired today. Did not want to run, but made myself go. Ran the first 4 miles with Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie - they did a total of 8. Said a prayer during the run, asked the Lord to help me learn to enjoy running. Somehow managed to have run for 34 years without enjoying it. When I was younger, I had more raw willpower, and it did not matter that I did not like running that much. Now that I am older I need to learn to like it to keep running.
In answer to my prayer Armando showed up. He was able to run the first mile of the 3 mile tempo with me. I was tired, my legs were not moving, could barely run sub-6:00. It was raining/snowing, but not so bad to justify struggling so much to run so slow. But I did make it through the tempo, though I just wanted to stop after the first two miles.
Then I ran to the house with Armando - we shared some knowledge - I told him how I thought he could get faster and recover better, and he taught me how to properly say it in Spanish. 5 more with William and Stephen, took a nap, ate dinner, and ran another mile with Matthew.