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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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 149.44 Year: 1460.80
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: 987.95
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
64.000.002.000.0066.00
White Crocs 1 Miles: 66.00
Night Sleep Time: 49.00Nap Time: 4.50Total Sleep Time: 53.50
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Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 11.00
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Travelling to Texas with the family. First day to Los Lunas, NM. Ran with the kids on the road, and then some more alone. Total of 6 miles for me. Stephen did 1, William 2, Jenny 2, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 4, Benjamin 6.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Drove to Austin, TX from Los Lunas, NM. Ran some in Los Lunas, some on the road, and some in Austin. Total of 8. Benjamin did 6, Jenny 2, Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 4, William 3, Stephen 1.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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In Austin, TX. Very humid. Ran with the kids, total of 10. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 4, William 2, Stephen 1.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

13 total. 10 in Austin, 3 in Cypress. Ran with the kids. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia hurt her foot while messing around with an elliptical trainer and could not run. Stephen did 1, William 2, Joseph and Jacob 4.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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12.000.000.000.0012.00

In Cypress. I write those miles as easy, but they were not that easy. I have never exprienced this much humidity in my life. That is because I have never been to Texas in the heat of the summer. Kids survived. Stephen did 1, William 2, Benjamin 10, Jenny 4, Julia 1 (on grass), Joseph and Jacob 4. So far Jacob has been the most resilient of all the kids (not counting Benjamin). No issues at high altitude, with heat, or humidity. Joseph got a side ache in Colorado, and some small stomach issues from the heat/humidity, bot otherwise has been fine. Jenny and Julia have struggled the most on this trip, but overall not too bad.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.002.000.0013.00

In Cypress. Total of 13. Benjamin did 12, Jenny 3, Julia 1, Joseph and Jacob 4, William 2, Stephen 1. Sam, the owner of the rental where we are staying, joined us on a bike for most of the run. He was intrigued by a large family running together - had never seen it before. Joseph and Jacob decided to show off a little and hit their last mile in 6:53. Benjamin and I did a 2 mile tempo run towards the end in 11:44. That was hard - I'd much prefer altitude to humidity.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.50Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
64.000.002.000.0066.00
White Crocs 1 Miles: 66.00
Night Sleep Time: 49.00Nap Time: 4.50Total Sleep Time: 53.50
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