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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: 123.22 Year: 3048.88
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
76.370.004.000.0080.37
Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 80.37
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
13.000.000.000.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-04-22 08:40:46
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:43:37.20Pace7:58.25
 
Leg 1:Distance6.000Time47:56.80Pace7:59.47
With Jacob and William.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:40.00Pace7:40.00
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance6.000Time48:00.40Pace8:00.07
With Joseph - part with Stephen.

Navy Crocs 2 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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-04-23 10:31:44
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:19.80Pace7:46.65
Easy day, total of 12, usual distances for the kids.
Leg 1:Distance6.000Time45:17.80Pace7:32.97
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time48:02.00Pace8:00.33
With Joseph and Jacob, part with William and Stephen.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.320.002.000.0013.32

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-04-24 08:45:41
Workout Totals: Distance13.320Time1:39:16.60Pace7:27.19
Total of about 13. Did a chase-the-rabbit tempo run. Joseph and Jacob chased William while I paced him. He had a 40 second head start. However, he was not having a good day, so Joseph and Jacob caught him around 1.25 mark. I decided I would be more helpful if I ran with Joseph and Jacob at that point, so I went with them. Joseph ended up with 10:56 (5:29, 5:27) - new PR, Jacob 11:03 (5:29, 5:34), missed his PR by 4 seconds. I got 11:37 for 2 miles.
 
Leg 1:Distance1.070Time8:33.40Pace7:59.81
Warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time11:37.00Pace5:48.50
Chase-the-rabbit tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance0.250Time2:19.20Pace9:16.80
A jog with Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance0.600Time3:32.20Pace5:53.67
Stephen's failed mile time trial. I stopped him because he was acting miserable and was off pace and told him to retry tomorrow.
Leg 5:Distance2.400Time20:07.70Pace8:23.21
Cool-down with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time8:10.50Pace8:10.50
With Matthew.
Leg 7:Distance6.000Time44:56.60Pace7:29.43
Alone.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 13.32
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.210.002.000.0014.21

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-04-25 08:05:05
Workout Totals: Distance14.210Time1:47:34.80Pace7:34.24
Total of 14. In the morning ran with Joseph, Jacob, William and Stephen. William and Stephen redeemed themselves from their fiasco yesterday. Stephen went sub-6:00 for the first time down the canyon with a 5:59 (91, 89, 90, 89). Then Joseph, Jacob, William and I kept going and finished 2 miles in 11:49.

Then we drove to a farm near Rexburg, ID to visit with our friends and I ran more there.
Leg 1:Distance0.980Time8:05.70Pace8:15.61
Warm-up with the boys.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time11:49.60Pace5:54.80
Tempo with Joseph, Jacob, and William - Stephen ran the first mile with us.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:59.00Pace5:59.00
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time5:59.00Pace5:59.00
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:50.60Pace5:50.60
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time11:49.60Pace5:54.80
 
Leg 3:Distance3.180Time26:04.40Pace8:11.95
Cool-down with Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:45.90Pace7:45.90
With Matthew.
Leg 5:Distance0.450Time4:54.50Pace10:54.44
With Mary.
Leg 6:Distance0.600Time5:18.00Pace8:50.00
With Jay.
Leg 7:Distance6.000Time43:36.70Pace7:16.12
Alone.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 14.21
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.920.000.000.0013.92

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-04-26 08:54:25
Workout Totals: Distance13.920Time1:52:27.90Pace8:04.76
In St. Anthony on farm roads with the kids. Total of about 14.
Leg 1:Distance6.040Time48:15.30Pace7:59.35
With Jacob, part with William (4.7).
Leg 2:Distance6.040Time48:10.70Pace7:58.59
With Joseph, part with Stephen (4.7).
Leg 3:Distance1.340Time11:15.90Pace8:24.40
With Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time4:46.00Pace9:32.00
With Jacob and Jay.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 13.92
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.920.000.000.0013.92

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-04-27 10:03:46
Workout Totals: Distance13.920Time1:51:13.30Pace7:59.40
More or less the same run on farm roads as the day before. Usual distances for the kids - except Stephen and Matthew ran a bit longer.
Leg 1:Distance6.040Time46:56.70Pace7:46.34
With Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance6.040Time48:14.50Pace7:59.22
With Joseph and William, part with Stephen (4.7).
Leg 3:Distance1.340Time11:23.80Pace8:30.30
With Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time4:38.30Pace9:16.60
With Jay.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 13.92
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
76.370.004.000.0080.37
Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 80.37
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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