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.
...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.
I had to run earlier today to get the run done before the work meeting. Jenny could not run, actually she could barely walk, but she was able to ride a bike. She rode 10 miles with me. I had to push her on a few uphills as she did not have enough quad strength to pedal up. Other kids ran their usual distances on their own. I ran 0.5 with Matthew in the evening.
Total of 10. Stephen did a mile time trial. I hoped he would break 7:00. He did run a PR - 7:08.4 (1:41, 1:48, 1:49, 1:47), but mentally was not there for the sub-7:00. He complained the pace was too fast, and tried to start crying a few times, but Jacob and William laid down the law for him and to some extend he was able to control himself. However, he lost some precious time and energy on this.
Sarah ran 800 in 3:35 (1:43/1:52). I ran with most of the remaining kids.
Did a medium long run with a 10 mile tempo up and down the canyon. Splits: 6:19, 6:15, 6:24, 6:41, 6:25 (32:04), 5:46, 5:44, 5:43, 5:45, 5:38. There was a strong headwind going up, stronger than last week, thus a slower split on the way up, and faster on the way down. Overall, though, I think I was stronger.
During the cool down I ran into Julia and turned around to run some extra with her. She ran the last uphill mile in 7:26, which is a positive.
Also ran with Matthew in the evening. Otherwise kids ran on their own.
Did a workout with Joseph - 2x1000 with 400 recovery down the canyon. Then ran 6 with Jacob to get the car + extra distance. Ran with Matthew in the evening. We had a funny incident. Half way through he said he needed to go to the bathroom but his best option was to run home. He did not like it and started to scream and he is loud. In spite of that he kept running at about 9:10 pace and did not insist on holding the hand. He made it hope. I think this is a good development.
Today Stephen broke 7:00 for the first time with 6:56.0. We have a challenge in the family to break 7:00 before turning 7. Stephen in his typical style made it by this skin of his teeth - 3 days before his 7th birthday, and with the help of 46 seconds in the last 200. His splits were 1:40, 1:47, 1:46, and 1:40 (54,46). Sarah scared him in the first 400, then the pace was too fast for her and she finished the mile in 7:29.9.
I did some more running with the kids and then did my workout finishing the total of 20 with a 6 mile tempo down the canyon from 12 to 18 in 34:55. It got warm, pretty close to 90F by then. So I stopped twice in the middle of it for water and to soak my shirt. Thought I might have fuel issues at the start of the tempo as breaking 6:00 felt hard, but I was OK.
Paced Stephen, then went back to Sarah and William.