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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: 0.00 Month: 148.02 Year: 3163.85
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: 903.91
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
68.5513.050.602.2584.45
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 84.95
Night Sleep Time: 53.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 55.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church. The talks in the Sacrament meeting were on responding to the guidance of the Holy Ghost. The lesson in Sunday School was on charity. The lesson in the Elders Quorum was on the organization of the Priesthood.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.501.000.000.0012.50

A.M. Ran with Mike, and then with Benjamin (2 miles). Total of 12 miles. Did a mile pickup.  Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. 0.5 with Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.000.002.2512.50

A.M. Ran with Mike and Daniel. We did 3x1200 on the trail progressively increasing the pace. First one down a small grade in 4:03.7 (84-80-79), then back in 4:00.6 (82 - 79 - 79), then back down in 3:49.9 (79 - 76 - 74). Added another 2 with Benjamin, and 0.5 with Jacob. Total of 12.5. Jenny and Julia ran 2.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.500.000.0012.50

A.M. Ran with Mike. Added more with Benjamin, 2 miles in 15:04 with the last mile in 6:12 (1:40 - 1:33 - 1:32 - 1:27).  Did a couple of pickups during the run.. Jenny and Julia ran 2. I ran 0.5 with Jacob also in 4:36.

 

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.001.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Ran with Mike, and then with Benjamin. Total of 12 miles. Did a "fat" mile in 5:40. Benjamin ran 2. Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for  0.5.  I rollerbladed.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.650.300.600.0012.55

A.M. Ran with Mike and Daniel. We did a quick 1 K in 3:19 (5:20 pace), otherwise ran easy. Ended up with 10.2. Then added 2 with Benjamin in 15:55. We did a pickup to catch a guy on the trail, ran 300 in 1:04 (5:40 pace). Then another pickup at the end. Jenny and Julia ran 2. I ran 0.35 with Julia.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5. I rollerbladed. Jacob still had a fever.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.55
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.1510.250.000.0022.40

A.M. Long run with Mike and Daniel. To Bridal Veil and back. Total of 20.4 in 2:10:48. Mike met me at my house. Daniel met us on the trail. Started at a slow pace, then quickly progressed to about 7:10. Then Daniel pushed it a bit and we started doing 6:40s, which was decent for headwind and uphill in the canyon. Then we got to the turnaround point, which is about 0.2 from the actual waterfall, but Daniel is from South Carolina, so he wanted to see the waterfall. We ran extra 0.2, then turned around, ran another 0.2, and then turned on the sirens and the flashing lights. The plan was 5:50 for 10 miles for me, and to fatigue for Mike and Daniel.  Not the ultimate fatigue, because they still had to get home after that, just as soon as they felt the threat of not being able to make it home at 8:00 pace.

Mike made it a little past the mile, Daniel fell back around 2 miles into the tempo. The pace was actually a bit quicker, around 5:45. There is a big difference between doing that pace fresh, and doing it after a 10 mile "warm-up".

I felt good, the form started feeling very smooth around 16 miles into the run. I wonder if my recent SI joint stretches have been helping. The pace got up to 5:40, but not for long, I slowed down back to around 5:45 on good stretches, and as slow as 6:00 on the turns/bridges. But I was able to shift gears in the last mile and run in 5:39. Total time for the last 10 was 57:28, 5:45 average.

Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin in 15:43. He made me work in the last quarter - we ran it in 86. I really did not feel like it in street clothes and warm weather, and having run 20 earlier with the last 10 hard, but I was not going to get dropped. 0.5 with Benjamin and Joseph in 4:24. Benjamin took Jacob for 0.5 in 5:08 earlier.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 22.90
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
68.5513.050.602.2584.45
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 84.95
Night Sleep Time: 53.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 55.00
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