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 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.
...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.
Usual run, kids did usual distances - except I think Jenny was on reduced mileage due to sore throat. Had Joseph repeat his failed workout from yesterday with better results - he was able to close with 6:48.
In the evening Jenny and Julia played in the first day of the Utah Junior High Chess Championship. Both won 2 games each, and lost 1 each.
Today was the second day of the Utah Junior High Chess Championship. So I had to get creative to get my run done. I got up at 5 AM and ran 12 miles with a tempo for the last 6 before driving Jenny and Julia to the tournament. Julia won 2 games today and lost 1. Jenny won 1 and lost 2. After the tournament I ran 1 mile with Julia, and 1 with Jenny - Jenny ran 1 more. Benjamin in the meantime ran a total of 12 at home with 4 with Joseph and Jacob (1 with William), and finished the whole thing with a 4 mile tempo in 22:41. I also ran the regular 0.5 with Stephen.