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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: 213.80 Year: 2515.81
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
70.302.2510.450.5083.50
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 83.50
Night Sleep Time: 43.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 45.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church. Sarah made it as well. So for the first time we went to church as a family of 7 children all there. The talks were on being prepared. The topic keeps repeating, and for a good reason.

The lesson in Sunday school was on missionary work. It was the fifth Sunday, so instead of the Elder's Quorum and Relief Society we had a combined meeting. The topic was following the Holy Ghost.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.900.250.600.2512.00

A.M. 10 with Mike, Patrick, and Thomas. Did 1000 in 3:21. 2 with Benjamin, we did pickups - 200 in 36.1, 200 in 37.4, and 400 in 89. Jenny and Julia ran 2, including 0.7 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5.

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
12.500.000.000.0012.50

A.M. 10 miles, some of it with Mike. 2 more with Benjamin. 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M> Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5.

Gold Crocs 1 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
11.500.000.750.2512.50

A.M. 10 with Mike, some of it. Did a mile pickup in 5:20.9 with the last quarter in 76. Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin in 16:19. 0.5 with Benjamin, Jacob, and Joseph in 4:10.

Gold Crocs 1 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
11.000.001.000.0012.00

A.M. 10 with Mike, Patrick, and Thomas. Patrick and I did a pickup for a mile in 5:26. 2 with Benjamin in 16:19, same time as last night. Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.7 with Jacob.

 

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
11.900.000.100.0012.00

A.M. 8 with Mike early (5:00 AM). Had to take my mother to the airport.

P.M. 0.5 with Benjamin, Jacob, and Joseph. 2 with Benjamin in 15:16. 1.5 more alone in 9:42, last 200 in 40.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.502.008.000.0022.50

A.M. Slept in, so ended up running alone. That was a blessing, perhaps, because as soon as I got back from a hard 20 mile run I found a text message telling me a client had an emergency that I was going to handle, which meant no nap.

Did the mile fast/ mile slow workout.  The slow miles were between 7:20 and 8:00, the fast varied with the terrain and fatigue effort, but most of them were about half marathon race pace effort. The splits were 5:56 (slight up, bridges) - 5:38 (rolling) - 5:44 (slight up, headwind) - 5:50 (more up, headwind) - 6:07 ( even more up. more headwind) - 5:19 (down, tailwind) - 5:18 (less down, less tailwind, probably pushed too hard on this one) - 5:30 (slight down, took it easy, relatively) - 5:43 ( bridges, turns, but down) - 5:44 (bridges, turns, no energy)

Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.7 with Jacob.

P.M. Joseph's first bike ride on the trail. He learned to ride his bike two weeks ago, and has been riding in the church parking lot. I decided to take him on the trail for a difference. Benjamin and I ran. We ended up with 2.5 in 21:50.  Joseph rode the first 1.63, then ran 0.87 in 7:54 (9:05 pace).

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 22.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
70.302.2510.450.5083.50
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 83.50
Night Sleep Time: 43.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 45.00
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