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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, and Mary.  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: 155.72 Year: 1615.26
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 606.85
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Black Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 2604.35
Khaki Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1046.69
Camouflage Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1379.16
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
79.255.508.300.3093.35
Green Crocs 3 Miles: 93.35
Night Sleep Time: 54.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 54.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church. We had a departing missionary speak. He is going to Fresno. The we had a lesson on Isaiah quote chunk in 2 Nephi in Sunday school, and a lesson the priesthood in the Elders' Quorum. Stephen has been faithfully attending the Sunday School and the Elders' Quorum instead of nursery due to his persistent refusal to go into the nursery. He behaves very well in class, so I have had little motivation to get him to stay in nursery. Sarah nevertheless thinks that he should not be a nursery dropout. I keep telling her I never went to nursery, but I did OK - went on a mission, married in the temple, still married, active in the Church, and am able to support a family.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.700.000.000.3014.00

A.M. Ran with Benjamin and Jeremy. 7 miles. Did a pickup for 0.3, timed a quarter in 77 going down the canyon. It felt good. Then we did a pickup for 2 miles in around 12:40. Then I added 3 more alone,  and 2 with Jenny and Julia.

P.M. 2 miles total. 1 with Jacob and Joseph, 1 alone. Had the usual company.

Green Crocs 3 Miles: 14.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.002.000.000.0015.00

A.M. Started with 6 with Benjamin.  Jacob Tobler joined us for the first 1.5 miles. Then added 4, 2 of it with Jeremy, 2 back tempo in 11:44. Felt good. Then 2 more with Julia. Jenny ran 1, and then 1 in the afternoon.

P.M. Total of 3. Jacob and Joseph did 1. Jenny 1 as well.

Green Crocs 3 Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.600.005.000.0015.60

A.M. Started with Benjamin and Jeremy. They ended up with 7. I did the 5 mile tempo in the canyon. There was significant wind blowing out of the canyon, but not the worst. The splits by 0.5 were: 2:54, 2:57, 3:03, 3:00, 3:05, then after 180 turn, 2:47, 2:45, 2:44, 2:44, 2:38. Total time 28:37. Tried to focus on less effort in the quad, and more effort in glut/hamstring. It was odd. Without the quad effort I felt like I was slacking, but could not use the extra energy to go faster, like I did not know what to do with the hamstrings and gluts. But I figured it is better feel like you are slacking than like you are working if you are going the same pace anyway.

P.M. 3 miles total. 1 of it with Jacob and Joseph.

Green Crocs 3 Miles: 15.60
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

A.M. 7 with Jeremy, then 5 more with Benjamin. Jenny did 1, Julia 2. Total of 12.

P.M. Went to the Utah State Junior High Chess Championship with Benjamin. Joseph came along for the ride and to cheer. Ran 1 mile with Joseph from where we parked to where the games were happening. Then ran back to get the car - total of 2 miles.  Benjamin ended the day with 2.5 points out of 3. His draw was against a girl. So he could not hear the end of teasing when he got home about drawing a girl from his sisters - "She was so good looking you decided to draw her. You should pay attention to the game, not draw girls while you are playing!". His friend David got 2 points of out 3. Next round tomorrow.  Jenny and Julia ran a mile with Jacob.

Green Crocs 3 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
10.253.500.000.0013.75

A.M. Ran early due to Benjamin's chess tournament. Started with 7 with the last 3.5 at a tempo pace in 20:31. Then ran 5 more with Benjamin. Total of 12. Jenny and Julia did 1.

A.M2 - 1 mile from where I parked the car to the game venue. 

P.M.  - 0.75 back to the car. Found a short cut. Benjamin started the day on a sour note by making a blunder and losing his first game. However, he made up by winning the remaining three, and scoring 5.5 out of 7 in the tournament, which got him 2nd place in 7th grade. His friend David won 3 more games as well, and finished in 5th place in the 8th grade with the score of 5 out 7.

Green Crocs 3 Miles: 13.75
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
17.700.003.300.0021.00

A.M. Ran with Chad, Jeremy, and Jeremy's brother Josh joined us for a little bit. Chad and I paced Jeremy through the Uneventful Provo River Half Marathon, meaning a time-trial on the Provo River Half course. I did a couple of VPB-forced pickups, and then a 3 mile tempo in 16:10 on my standard stretch from Nunns park to the mouth of the canyon. The splits were 5:23, 5:24, 5:23. Jeremy got 1:30:28 in the time trial. Chad and I ran some more to make it total of 20 for me. Benjamin ran 6, Jenny, Joseph, and Julia 1.

P.M. 1 with Joseph, Jacob, and Julia.  

 

Green Crocs 3 Miles: 21.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
79.255.508.300.3093.35
Green Crocs 3 Miles: 93.35
Night Sleep Time: 54.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 54.00
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