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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 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: 24.00 Month: 167.37 Year: 2235.23
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 268.74
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
66.901.5818.000.0086.48
Green Crocs 7 Miles: 86.47
Night Sleep Time: 50.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 50.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-19 07:36:21
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.000 1:35:21.40 7:56.78
Total of 12. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
9 1:09:48.60. 7:45.40 With Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9.000 1:09:48.60 7:45.40  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:22.30. 10:44.60 With Stephen
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:22.30 10:44.60  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 8:50.40. 8:50.40 With William, Joseph, Jacob, and Julia.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 8:50.40 8:50.40  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.5 11:20.10. 7:33.40 Alone.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.500 11:20.10 7:33.40  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.200.008.000.0016.20

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-20 08:10:29
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
16.200 1:54:39.50 7:04.66
Total of 16.2. Did an 8 mile tempo from a magic spot near Vivian Park to the house with Benjamin. Was able to stay with him until the last quarter. I got 45:24, he did 45:16. Then ran back to the car (4.7 miles) with Joseph.Jacob did 2, William 1, Stephen 0.5, Jenny 4, Julia 2, Joseph 5.2.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
3.5 27:43.80. 7:55.37 Warm-up with Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.500 27:43.80 7:55.37  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
8 45:24.10. 5:40.51 Tempo run with Benjamin. Gave it all I had to keep up, and just did not have it in the last 400 on the uphill. Benjamin struggled, but was strong at the end.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 8.000 45:24.10 5:40.51  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
4.7 41:31.60. 8:50.13 With Joseph. He ended up doing the longest run ever in his life.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.700 41:31.60 8:50.13  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 16.20
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-21 07:39:58
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.500 1:40:05.40 8:00.43
 
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
9 1:09:07.90. 7:40.88 With Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9.000 1:09:07.90 7:40.88  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 25:58.10. 8:39.37  
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 25:58.10 8:39.37 With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 4:59.40. 9:58.80 With Stephen. He got his half mile record, but it was holding a hand.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 4:59.40 9:58.80  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.060.720.000.0012.78

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-22 07:08:20
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.772 1:38:51.40 7:44.41
Busy day today because we took William to the neurologist, and then did an ECG, and had an unsuccessful attempt at an EEG, which we will need to redo. However, Joseph and Jacob both got their 800 PRs. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob a little less than 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
3.06 21:23.50. 6:59.44 Alone before getting Joseph and Jacob
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.060 21:23.50 6:59.44  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.4 12:14.00. 8:44.29 Warm-up with Joseph and Jacob.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.400 12:14.00 8:44.29  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.496 2:54.20. 5:51.21  
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.496 2:54.20 5:51.21 Joseph's 800 time trial. I paced him. He opened with 42, then 86 high at 400 (44 high), 2:11 at 600 (45), and a kick in 43. New PR by 1.6, also new family non-Benjamin-Dad record, and 9 and under record as well.
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.22 1:23.80. 6:20.91 Jacob's 800 time trial - try 1. He got to 300 in 1:07 and his breathing sounded like he was starting to panic. I knew he would not get the record if he continued, so I told him to stop he could regroup and we would try again.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.220 1:23.80 6:20.91  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 4:01.00. 8:02.00 Jogged 0.5 with Benjamin while Jacob recovered.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 4:01.00 8:02.00  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.496 3:02.30. 6:07.54 Successful Jacob's 800 time trial. New PR by 0.7. I was impressed by his resilience and faith. He had every reason to believe that the second try would be no better than the first - he was not any more fit, just now somewhat tired from the first attempt. But he was able to forget everything and just follow me and Benjamin. This time he did not lose confidence when it got hard and kept a good pace. He opened in 42, then 90 at 400 (48), 2:17 at 600 (47), and a kick in 45. New family record for the ages of 7 and under.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.496 3:02.30 6:07.54  
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.1 10:22.60. 9:26.00 Back to the house.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.100 10:22.60 9:26.00  
Leg 8
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 4:54.90. 9:49.80 With Stephen. New hand-held 0.5 record.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 4:54.90 9:49.80  
Leg 9
Distance Time Pace Comment
4 29:45.80. 7:26.45 Alone.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.000 29:45.80 7:26.45  
Leg 10
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 8:49.30. 8:49.30 With William. He seems to not be affected at all by his Saturday episode.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 8:49.30 8:49.30  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 12.77
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-23 07:42:27
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.500 1:40:19.50 8:01.56
Total of 12.5. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia 2, Joseph 3, Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
9 1:10:15.20. 7:48.36 With Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9.000 1:10:15.20 7:48.36  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 25:05.20. 8:21.73 With Joseph and Jacob.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 25:05.20 8:21.73  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 4:59.10. 9:58.20 With Stephen.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 4:59.10 9:58.20  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.640.8610.000.0020.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-24 08:43:00
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
20.500 2:20:01.50 6:49.83
Total of 20.5. Benjamin did 12, Jenny 4, Julia 3, Joseph 3, Jacob 2, William 1, Stephen 0.5. Benjamin and I did a 10 mile tempo. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.1 18:09.50. 8:38.81 Warm-up with Benjamin up South Fork from the Vivian Park.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.100 18:09.50 8:38.81  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
10 57:32.50. 5:45.25 10 mile tempo to the house with Benjamin. Was able to hang on for almost 5 miles. After that I was spent, did a couple of of 5:50s, then 5:55, 6:00, and the last uphill mile was 6:10. Benjamin did very well finishing in 55:59 - 5:36 average. Improvement of 17 seconds per mile from last year.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 10.000 57:32.50 5:45.25  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:13.90. 10:27.80 With Stephen.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:13.90 10:27.80  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
7.9 59:05.60. 7:28.81 Back to the car. Did a pickup at 5:52 pace for 0.85 at the very end.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 7.040 54:02.30 7:40.55  
2 0.860 5:03.30 5:52.67  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 20.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
66.901.5818.000.0086.48
Green Crocs 7 Miles: 86.47
Night Sleep Time: 50.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 50.00
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