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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



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.


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: 178.83 Year: 745.63
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: 878.48
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-03-20 09:09:06
Workout Totals: Distance10.540Time1:23:11.20Pace7:53.55
Usual day, usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:25.90Pace7:48.63
With Benjamin, William, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:15.10Pace8:15.10
With Benjamin, Stephen, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time31:00.30Pace7:45.07
With Benjamin and Joseph.
Leg 4:Distance2.040Time15:42.10Pace7:41.81
With Benjamin - did a pickup on the hill.
Split 1:Distance1.885Time14:55.60Pace7:55.12
Split 2:Distance0.155Time0:46.50Pace5:00.00
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:47.80Pace9:35.60
With Matthew.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-03-21 07:59:37
Workout Totals: Distance10.428Time1:17:05.50Pace7:23.57
Did a workout with Benjamin. 3x1 mile down the canyon with 0.5 recovery jog. I did 5:20,5:20,5:17. Benjamin struggled to hit the target pace of 4:40 in the first two intervals, but then woke up on the last one - 4:46, 4:44, 4:36.

Then we did a light mini-tempo for a little over 0.75 at the end at 5:52 pace.

Usual distances for the younger kids.
Leg 1:Distance3.250Time26:02.10Pace8:00.65
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time26:39.10Pace6:39.77
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:20.10Pace5:20.10
Split 2:Distance0.500Time5:08.10Pace10:16.20
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:20.70Pace5:20.70
Split 4:Distance0.500Time5:32.60Pace11:05.20
Split 5:Distance1.000Time5:17.60Pace5:17.60
Leg 3:Distance2.678Time19:33.30Pace7:18.13
Cool-down with a mini-tempo at the end.
Split 1:Distance1.813Time14:30.20Pace7:59.98
Split 2:Distance0.750Time4:24.10Pace5:52.13
Split 3:Distance0.115Time0:39.00Pace5:39.13
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time4:51.00Pace9:42.00
With Matthew.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-03-22 12:01:09
Workout Totals: Distance10.820Time1:21:17.60Pace7:30.79
600 meter time trials at the Orem High track today. Everybody got a PR. Benjamin helped with pacing.

Stephen ran 2:32.8 - splits 50, 51, 51. William 2:09.8 - splits 41,45,43. Jacob - 1:52.6 - splits 37, 37, 38. Joseph 1:51.8, splits 37, 37, 37.

Benjamin's assignment was to run 1:48 as evenly as possible - he got 1:19.

I stayed with Jacob, then caught up to Joseph.

Usual runs otherwise.
Leg 1:Distance0.248Time2:10.00Pace8:44.19
With the gang including Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance0.373Time2:32.80Pace6:49.65
Leg 3:Distance0.373Time2:09.80Pace5:47.99
Leg 4:Distance0.125Time1:09.00Pace9:12.00
Leg 5:Distance0.373Time1:52.60Pace5:01.88
Split 1:Distance0.373Time1:51.80Pace4:59.73
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.80Pace0:00.00
Leg 6:Distance0.248Time2:11.80Pace8:51.45
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time7:46.60Pace7:46.60
Leg 8:Distance2.040Time15:21.80Pace7:31.86
Leg 9:Distance2.040Time16:30.90Pace8:05.74
Leg 10:Distance4.000Time29:32.30Pace7:23.07

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