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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 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.

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: 118.81 Year: 3380.28
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.150.001.751.2575.15
Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 75.15
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-19 08:46:41
Workout Totals: Distance11.000Time1:27:09.50Pace7:55.41
Usual runs for everybody. Total of 11 for me.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:04.00Pace7:41.33
With William and Jenny (I think).
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:50.80Pace7:57.70
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:22.30Pace8:22.30
With Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:52.40Pace7:57.47
With Jenny.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.300.001.001.2513.55

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-20 08:48:21
Workout Totals: Distance13.551Time1:53:54.60Pace8:24.36
Mile time trials today. First, Joseph, Jacob, and I cooperatively raced each other. I lead the first 300, then Joseph took over to 500, then Jacob to 700. I took over again at 700 and led to 900, then Joseph led to 1100. Jacob was struggling at that point, so I took the last 300. Joseph and I had a sprint finish over the last 100. I was able to hold him off - barely. I ended up with 5:14.6, he got 5:15.0, Jacob 5:16.2.
Leg 1:Distance2.040Time15:28.10Pace7:34.95
Leg 2:Distance2.200Time17:28.10Pace7:56.41
Leg 3:Distance1.561Time13:45.60Pace8:48.89
Split 1:Distance1.000Time8:33.20Pace8:33.20
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time8:33.20Pace8:33.20
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:19.00Pace5:06.45
Cumilative:Distance1.062Time8:52.20Pace8:21.13
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:51.10Pace13:44.19
Cumilative:Distance1.124Time9:43.30Pace8:38.95
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:18.80Pace5:03.23
Cumilative:Distance1.186Time10:02.10Pace8:27.67
Split 5:Distance0.375Time3:43.50Pace9:56.00
Cumilative:Distance1.561Time13:45.60Pace8:48.89
 
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time5:14.60Pace5:14.60
Leg 5:Distance0.750Time7:33.00Pace10:04.00
Leg 6:Distance0.250Time1:23.50Pace5:34.00
Leg 7:Distance0.750Time7:30.70Pace10:00.93
Leg 8:Distance1.000Time5:50.20Pace5:50.20
Leg 9:Distance1.000Time8:17.80Pace8:17.80
Leg 10:Distance2.000Time23:38.90Pace11:49.45
Leg 11:Distance1.000Time7:44.10Pace7:44.10

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 13.55
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.200.000.000.0012.20

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-21 10:24:16
Workout Totals: Distance12.200Time1:36:05.10Pace7:52.55
Usual runs with the kids.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time17:18.00Pace7:51.82
With Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:46.10Pace7:56.52
With Joseph, Jacob, and William (I think).
Leg 3:Distance5.000Time39:06.10Pace7:49.22
With Jenny.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:54.90Pace7:54.90
With Matthew and Jenny.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 12.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.200.000.000.0013.20

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-22 10:23:34
Workout Totals: Distance13.200Time1:43:09.40Pace7:48.89
Usual easy runs. Matthew set a mile PR on the little boy course - 7:35.6.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time17:13.20Pace7:49.64
With Joseph, Jacob, and William, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:24.60Pace7:51.15
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance6.000Time46:56.00Pace7:49.33
With Jenny.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:35.60Pace7:35.60
With William and Matthew.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 13.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.450.000.750.0012.20

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-23 10:15:27
Workout Totals: Distance12.200Time1:32:27.40Pace7:34.70
Usual runs, except Joseph ran only 3 to be fresh for the chess tournament in the evening. I did a tempo pickup for 0.75 in 4:17.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time16:10.90Pace7:21.32
With Joseph, Jacob, William, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:54.20Pace7:54.20
With William and Joseph.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time32:45.90Pace8:11.48
With Jacob, and Julia.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time6:55.90Pace6:55.90
Alone.
Leg 5:Distance4.000Time28:40.50Pace7:10.12
Alone.
Split 1:Distance2.500Time18:37.80Pace7:27.12
Cumilative:Distance2.500Time18:37.80Pace7:27.12
Split 2:Distance0.750Time4:17.50Pace5:43.33
Cumilative:Distance3.250Time22:55.30Pace7:03.17
Pick-up.
Split 3:Distance0.750Time5:45.20Pace7:40.27
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time28:40.50Pace7:10.12
 

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 12.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-24 12:45:04
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:38:07.00Pace7:32.85
Junior High Chess Tournament today. So only 13 total for me. Joseph ended up with 1.5 points out of 5 (1 win, 1 draw, 3 losses). Julia got 2.5 points (2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses). I ran in Murray and found the triplex where I lived in my first area on my mission. Usual Saturday runs for the kids, except Julia and Joseph. Both of them ran only 4 today.
Leg 1:Distance9.000Time1:07:34.20Pace7:30.47
Alone on the Jordan River Trail.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time30:32.80Pace7:38.20
With Joseph at home.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.150.001.751.2575.15
Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 75.15
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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