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.
...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.
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.
Benjamin and I did 3x1.25 in the canyon going down, then up, then down again. I got 6:40, 7:38, 6:52. He got 6:00, 6:52, 5:57. Then we did a mile+ pickup during the cool-down at 5:35 pace, which was rather ironic - I was essentially running my interval pace, but it felt a lot easier because I had Benjamin with me.
Kids ran their usual distances, except Julia who fell after running about 1.5 and twisted her ankle. She will be out for a few days.
Today Benjamin was endowed in the Provo Temple. Running wise, the kids ran in the morning, but Benjamin and I ran in the afternoon when we got home. It was raining. We ran 15 miles with a 3 mile tempo on the 3 mile stretch from Nunn's Park in 17:21 (5:54, 5:49, 5:38). It felt good in spite of being wet. This week for some reason every time I ran with Benjamin it was way easier than when I ran alone - that is the case every time, but for some reason this week the difference appears to be more than normal.