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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

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 173.50 Year: 2475.51
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1360.04
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.751.2511.000.5082.50
Green Crocs 4 Miles: 82.50
Night Sleep Time: 56.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 58.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of reset. Went to church. In the Sacrament Meeting we heard from a couple that just returned from a family history mission is Saudi Arabia of all places. They have been invited by the royal family to help digitize royal family records. Then we had a lesson on the Holy Ghost in Sunday School, and on ways to build God's Kingdom on the Earth in the Elder's Quorum.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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A.M. Did 7 with Benjamin, including 1.5 pickup in 8:23 down the Provo Canyon. 2 with Joseph. 3 with Jenny. Julia did 2. Jacob 1. Total of 12 miles for me.

P.M. 0.5 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.750.250.500.0012.50

A.M. Benjamin and I paced Joseph in his 800 meter time trial. The target was to run the first lap in 90 and then survive. The idea was to teach him to overcome the fear of the 6:00 pace. This pace is quite formidable for a 7 year old. Joseph's splits were 44, 46, 49, 48 - 3:07.4, which is his new 800 meter record, and actually happens to be the family non-Benjamin/non-Daddy record by 1 second (Jenny had the previous record of 3:08), also the fastest Pachev time at the age of 7. He is on track for breaking 3:00 before the Thanksgiving race, which will put him in serious contention for the win in spite of having to race kids that are a year older.

Afterwards we ran with the rest of the family. Jenny did 3, Julia 2, Jacob 1. Benjamin did 7. Benjamin and I did a pickup for 0.5 in 2:45 to catch up to Jenny and Julia. I ran some more, including 4 miles with weights to make the total 12 miles.

P.M. 0.5 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.5012.50

A.M. Orem High coach Andy Jacobs invited Benjamin and I to join the cross country team for workouts some time ago, so we decided to check it out. We ran a little over a mile to Orem High, then 4 miles with the team, then a bit less than a mile of speed changes on grass, a pickup on the track to get an idea of how fast we were actually going in those speed changes (17.1 for 100 m), and a bit over a mile back. Total of 7. I was surprised that although we ran around 8:00 pace for only 4 miles a lot of boys were lagging. I was expecting either everybody to be comfortably running together at 7:30, or some aggressive kids ahead at 6:40 and the wiser ones back at 7:30. 

Jenny ran 3, Julia 2, Joseph 2, Jacob 1. I added whatever it took to make the total 12, including  3 miles with weights.

P.M. 0.5 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. 7 with Benjamin, Jenny did 3, Julia 2, Joseph 2, Jacob 1. Added 5 to make the total of 12, 3 with the weights.

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.003.000.0012.50

A.M. Had to get through the run fast. Ran the first 2 miles with Benjamin, then he turned around and supervised the runs of the other kids. Jenny did 3, Jacob 1, Joseph 2, Julia 2. Benjamin got total of 7. I did a total of 12 with a light 3 mile tempo run on the way back in 16:36 - 5:36, 5:34, 5:26. Maybe too fast given the plan to run hard tomorrow, but I figure if I can do 2x3 in one day, why not 3 one day, and 3 the next?

P.M. 0.5 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.501.006.000.0020.50

A.M. Ran with Chad and Benjamin. Total of 20.5 for me. We did a time trial of sorts on my 3 mile course (Nuns Park to mouth of the canyon). Benjamin and Chad started together, with me starting one minute later and trying to chase them down. I failed again, although it was not as bad as two weeks ago, as I ran faster. I did 5:12, 5:21, 5:18 - 15:51 total. I did obviously have some quarters over 80 :-). The one before the second mile was 82, and the one after that was 81. Then I kicked into gear again. But I was obviously struggling. Possibly the fatigue from the weight running and the pickup yesterday. In any case, I was not too displeased with this result.

Benjamin and Chad ran together for the first 2.5 with the splits of 5:24, 5:34 followed by 0.5 in 2:49. Then Benjamin took the lead, and ran the last 0.5 in 2:39 finishing in 16:26. Chad finished in 16:36. Both got records for this course. Benjamin was only 35 seconds slower than me. I think he will be competitive against me in the Thanksgiving 4 miler this year. Not bad for a 13 year old.

Then we ran to the house to drop off Benjamin, which gave him about 7.5. Then 1 mile with Joseph, and back into the canyon to finish the run and get the car. Jenny did 3, Julia and Joseph 2, Jacob 1. We ran at about 7:30 - 8:00 pace all the way almost to the Vivian Park, then turned around and ran back to the Canyon View Park where we parked the car. I ran the last 4 miles in 22:30 with the splits of 5:47, 5:35, 5:34, 5:34. I was trying to beat Chad's time for 3 in my last 3, but fell short - 16:43 vs 16:36. I did have some good excuses though - it was at the end of 20, and it was getting warm. Then I jogged back about a quarter, met Chad, and finished with him.

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 20.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.751.2511.000.5082.50
Green Crocs 4 Miles: 82.50
Night Sleep Time: 56.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 58.00
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