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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,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 103.81 Year: 1820.96
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1909.35
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1119.99
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-21 08:36:56
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:36:39.10Pace7:26.08
Usual easy runs with the kids, except in the evening had 2 VPBs and did a pickup for 500 uphill in 1:46.9, and a mile on a rolling down in 5:44.3.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time59:38.40Pace7:27.30
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:01.60Pace8:01.60
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time28:59.10Pace7:14.77
With William, Bonnie, Joseph, and Jacob - for most of it.
Split 1:Distance1.640Time13:03.00Pace7:57.44
Split 2:Distance0.312Time1:46.90Pace5:42.63
500 uphill to catch up.
Split 3:Distance0.048Time0:25.50Pace8:51.25
Split 4:Distance1.000Time5:44.30Pace5:44.30
Another fast mile.
Split 5:Distance1.000Time7:59.40Pace7:59.40

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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-22 09:23:16
Workout Totals: Distance14.200Time1:48:31.20Pace7:38.54
Total of 14, easy runs with the kids, usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:00:49.50Pace7:36.19
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance2.200Time15:57.20Pace7:15.09
With Joseph, Jacob and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:53.40Pace7:53.40
With Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, Julia, and William.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:51.10Pace7:57.03
With Julia, Jacob, and William. Joseph ran ahead.

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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-23 08:52:34
Workout Totals: Distance14.200Time1:48:55.70Pace7:40.26
Usual runs, total of 14, except threw a workout in the middle of Jenny's run - 5x0.25 down the canyon with 0.25 recovery. The intervals were 75.0, 74.6, 73.3, 73.0, 71.9. I felt that I had more endurance than when I did those in the winter. Jenny ran an even pace, but still fell behind a bit, but then caught up during my cool-down.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:02:23.60Pace7:47.95
Most of it with Jenny.
Split 1:Distance4.050Time32:58.50Pace8:08.52
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:15.00Pace5:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.250Time2:02.50Pace8:10.00
Split 4:Distance0.250Time1:14.60Pace4:58.40
Split 5:Distance0.250Time2:11.70Pace8:46.80
Split 6:Distance0.250Time1:13.30Pace4:53.20
Split 7:Distance0.250Time2:12.20Pace8:48.80
Split 8:Distance0.250Time1:13.00Pace4:52.00
Split 9:Distance0.250Time2:15.80Pace9:03.20
Split 10:Distance0.250Time1:11.90Pace4:47.60
Split 11:Distance1.700Time14:35.10Pace8:34.76
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:43.30Pace7:43.30
With Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Leg 4:Distance2.200Time16:19.10Pace7:25.05
With Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time22:29.70Pace7:29.90
With Joseph, Jacob and William.

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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-24 09:25:47
Workout Totals: Distance14.000Time1:46:50.90Pace7:37.92
Easy runs, usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:01:55.00Pace7:44.38
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time14:43.40Pace7:21.70
With Stephen, Bonnie, Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:48.30Pace7:48.30
With Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time22:24.20Pace7:28.07
With Joseph and Jacob.

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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-25 08:45:00
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:44:40.60Pace8:03.12
13 total, usual distances for the kids except 3 for William and 7 for Jenny. Jenny has sore hamstrings, and I decided to give William a break before racing tomorrow as he was running late in the evening.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time32:22.30Pace8:05.57
With Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time47:46.60Pace7:57.77
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time24:31.70Pace8:10.57
With Jenny, William, and Bonnie - part with Matthew.

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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-05-26 08:41:00
Workout Totals: Distance16.273Time2:27:14.40Pace9:02.89
Ran in the Corner Canyon track meet with the family today. The distance was supposed to be 1500, but ended up about 1485 due to misplaced start. Nevertheless, the times I think were fair as we had wind and it was warm.


Dad 4:51.41
Joseph 4:54.29
Jacob 5:00.12
William 5:28.32
Jenny 5:40.78 (more of a workout, she had sore hamstrings and held
back quite a bit opening in 92)
Stephen 6:03.49
Julia 6:05.75
Matthew 6:47.75

Also Chad ran 4:50.14 outkicking me on the home stretch and Bonnie
5:47.09 in her first track meet ever.

Joseph, Chad, and I were in the the same heat, Jacob was in a different heat. William raced Kenny Briggs, did great for the first two laps, then settled in the third, and did not have the energy to kick in the forth - 86, 84, then 90, and essentially that pace for the kick. Kenny ran 5:22.

My splits were 76, 80, 80, and then 78 pace for the kick. Chad and I were together until he kicked in the last 70 meters into the gear that I did not have. Joseph was with us the entire time, made a move with a lap to go, when he saw it was not working he just gave up - we had a talk about that afterwards. Jacob won his heat, but ended up doing a lot of front running. He opened in 78, then had a plop - 83, then tried to shift gears, but only found 81, and was running around 80 pace for the kick.

Bonnie ran 80, 96, 1:41, and around 96 pace for the kick.

Jenny had issues with hamstring soreness, so she took it very cautiously.

Julia improved some, I think - she is starting to climb out of the pit.

I ran 4 more with the kids at night, and 4 more by myself.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:36.40Pace7:36.40
With Joseph.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:16.70Pace8:16.70
With Jenny, Julia, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:55.10Pace7:55.10
With William.
Leg 4:Distance2.600Time18:33.00Pace7:08.08
Warm-up at the track meet.
Leg 5:Distance0.000Time6:49.50Pace0:00.00
Timing William, Stephen, and Matthew's race - could not see the finish very well, so was late on all of them. However, this compensated for the 15 meter shortness to some extent :-)
Split 1:Distance0.000Time5:30.10Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:34.90Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:44.50Pace0:00.00
Leg 6:Distance0.000Time5:46.90Pace0:00.00
Timing Bonnie - this time saw the finish better.
Leg 7:Distance0.000Time5:00.00Pace0:00.00
Timing Jacob.
Leg 8:Distance0.000Time6:05.60Pace0:00.00
Timing Jenny and Julia.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time5:40.80Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:24.80Pace0:00.00
Leg 9:Distance0.923Time4:51.10Pace5:15.38
My race.
Split 1:Distance0.923Time4:51.10Pace5:15.38
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Leg 10:Distance1.750Time15:05.30Pace8:37.31
Leg 11:Distance4.000Time31:33.40Pace7:53.35
With Joseph, Jacob, and William in the evening.
Leg 12:Distance4.000Time29:41.40Pace7:25.35
More distance alone.

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