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Kiwani's Park "2K"

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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
71.422.003.004.8081.22
White Crocs 2 Miles: 81.22Nike Double Stroller Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 43.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 47.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church. We had a Stake Conference. 

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-08-31 06:44:15
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:30:53.40Pace7:34.45
 
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time59:52.90Pace7:29.11
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:00.50Pace7:45.12
With Jenny and Jacob. Jacob sped up in the last half mile and ran it in around 3:10 uphill. Jenny kept the pace and finished in 31:40. I ran with her until 500 to go, then sped up and caught up to Jacob right before the finish.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Race: Kiwani's Park "2K" (1.3 Miles) 00:07:20, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.750.000.001.3013.05

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-09-01 06:56:02
Workout Totals: Distance13.050Time1:42:46.90Pace7:52.56
Easy 10 in the morning, Kiwani's Park 2 K cross-country at night. I think the course was long. We had 9 people in the race - myself (7:20), Sarah (10:27), Benjamin (6:40), Jenny (8:59), Julia (9:29), Joseph (8:23), Jacob (8:27), William (9:45), and Stephen (12:09).

Benjamin won overall, I was second - but quarter mile into it I was in about 10th place - some kids started way too fast. Joseph won his heat, Jacob was second.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:00:00.80Pace7:30.10
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time15:44.00Pace7:52.00
With Jenny, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance0.350Time3:10.60Pace9:04.57
Warm-up before cross-country race.
Leg 4:Distance1.300Time10:27.50Pace8:02.69
Kiwani's Park "2K".
Split 1:Distance1.300Time7:20.30Pace5:38.69
Cumilative:Distance1.300Time7:20.30Pace5:38.69
My race.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time1:39.00Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance1.300Time8:59.30Pace6:54.85
Jenny's time.
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:30.60Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance1.300Time9:29.90Pace7:18.38
Julia's.
Split 4:Distance0.000Time0:57.60Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance1.300Time10:27.50Pace8:02.69
Sarah's.
 
Leg 5:Distance1.250Time12:09.30Pace9:43.44
Kids heat. I ran around the course. Joseph got around 8:23, Jacob 8:27.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time9:45.90Pace9:45.90
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time9:45.90Pace9:45.90
William's time.
Split 2:Distance0.250Time2:23.40Pace9:33.60
Cumilative:Distance1.250Time12:09.30Pace9:43.44
Stephen's time.
 
Leg 6:Distance0.150Time1:14.70Pace8:18.00
More jogging.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 13.05
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-09-02 06:46:22
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:31:45.70Pace7:38.81
Usual 12. Kids ran their usual distances. Benjamin did 8+2.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:00:56.80Pace7:37.10
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time30:48.90Pace7:42.23
With Joseph and Jacob.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.110.000.003.0012.11

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-09-03 06:59:23
Workout Totals: Distance12.110Time1:27:57.50Pace7:15.80
Total of 12. Repeated Saturday's 3 mile tempo - Benjamin paced me again. Did not pick a good day, today was one of the days when the wind was blowing up the canyon instead of down. Felt it at the start and even considered not doing it after the first half mile, but decided to stick it out. Was rewarded with 16:06.2 - a small improvement, and fastest time of the year. Splits 5:20, 5;22, 5:24 - a bit better than on Saturday.

Kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance5.280Time41:44.30Pace7:54.30
Warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time16:06.20Pace5:22.07
Tempo.
Leg 3:Distance2.280Time18:42.30Pace8:12.24
Cool-down.
Leg 4:Distance1.550Time11:24.70Pace7:21.74
More distance alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.11
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.000.000.5012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-09-04 06:47:10
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:48.60Pace7:49.05
Usual 12 mile run - did pickups, though. Kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:02:25.10Pace7:48.14
With Benjamin, we did 2x200 + 400 pickups down the canyon.
Split 1:Distance4.220Time33:44.00Pace7:59.62
Cumilative:Distance4.220Time33:44.00Pace7:59.62
Split 2:Distance0.125Time0:34.60Pace4:36.80
Cumilative:Distance4.345Time34:18.60Pace7:53.79
Split 3:Distance0.125Time1:10.40Pace9:23.20
Cumilative:Distance4.470Time35:29.00Pace7:56.29
Split 4:Distance0.125Time0:33.40Pace4:27.20
Cumilative:Distance4.595Time36:02.40Pace7:50.60
Split 5:Distance0.125Time1:12.30Pace9:38.40
Cumilative:Distance4.720Time37:14.70Pace7:53.45
Split 6:Distance0.250Time1:08.60Pace4:34.40
Cumilative:Distance4.970Time38:23.30Pace7:43.44
Split 7:Distance3.030Time24:01.80Pace7:55.84
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time1:02:25.10Pace7:48.14
 
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:23.50Pace7:50.88
With Joseph, Jacob, and Jenny. Julia did 3 miles, 1.5 out with us. Pushed Mary and Matthew in the stroller.

Nike Double Stroller Miles: 4.00White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.062.003.000.0020.06

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-09-05 07:17:02
Workout Totals: Distance20.060Time2:25:28.70Pace7:15.13
Long run, 20 total. Benjamin did 15. We did a 3 mile tempo run in the middle down the canyon. There was some headwind, so that slowed us down, but it slowed me down more than it should have, I think. The splits were 5:21,5:28,5:36. I clearly was losing steam towards the end.

After dropping Benjamin off I ran another 5 miles with a 2 mile tempo in the middle from near the mouth of the canyon to the Orem Center Street bridge at slightly sub-6:00 average.

Other kids ran their usual distances except for Julia who had a stomach ache and ran only 1 mile.
Leg 1:Distance5.280Time41:18.60Pace7:49.43
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time16:24.90Pace5:28.30
Leg 3:Distance6.780Time52:53.70Pace7:48.10
Leg 4:Distance5.000Time34:51.50Pace6:58.30
Split 1:Distance2.500Time18:38.10Pace7:27.24
Cumilative:Distance2.500Time18:38.10Pace7:27.24
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:58.70Pace5:59.35
Cumilative:Distance4.500Time30:36.80Pace6:48.18
Split 3:Distance0.500Time4:14.70Pace8:29.40
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time34:51.50Pace6:58.30
 

White Crocs 2 Miles: 20.06
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
71.422.003.004.8081.22
White Crocs 2 Miles: 81.22Nike Double Stroller Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 43.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 47.00
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