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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: 172.56 Year: 2584.45
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 606.85
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 372.32
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
64.858.656.000.5080.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 80.25
Night Sleep Time: 36.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 36.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church for the sacrament, then went to Sarah's brother's baby blessing in Brigham City, and stayed for all three meetings there. It was a fast and testimony meeting. Then we discussed Job in Sunday School, and the Elder's Quorum discussion was on the natural man. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.251.500.0012.75

A.M. Ran with Mike and Patrick. Did 10. Mike and I did a pickup mile in 5:26, then I did a post-VPB 600 in 2:00 (5:20 pace). 2.25 with Benjamin in 16:58, last 400 in 90. 0.5 with Jacob in 4:27. Jenny and Julia ran 2.

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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Easy run with Mike, 10 miles. Jenny and Julia ran 2, including 0.7 with Jacob.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

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
7.352.902.500.0012.75

A.M. Tempo run with Mike. 5 miles. The plan was go 6:00 for the first 3, then quicker if Mike could handle it. Turned out that Mike has gotten into great shape and could go much faster giving me a good push to where I just had to sit behind him most of the way. So we did this:

5:56 - 5:42 - 5:42 (14:00 at 2.5) - 5:30 (81,83,83,83) - 5:38 (85,86,86,81) - total time 28:28, last 2.5 in 13:58.

My legs started caving in the last mile, and I had a hard time shifting gears to get out of the 86 quarter rut. Mike was hurting at that point too and was not pushing the pace anymore as much. Finally I was able to shift gears in the last quarter somewhat, and Mike was able to respond, so we ended up with a good time for him, much faster than I expected. Caving legs were probably a result of cumulative lack of sleep, or at least I hope it will be fixed by sleeping.

We had a bit of a rhythm breaking adventure as we ran into a duck about 0.25 into the last mile of the tempo. Literally, both of us ended up kicking it. That  is the first time I've ever run into a bird like that I believe.

Finished the run with Jenny, she ran 2, I ended up with 10.5. Julia had a fever and did not run. Jenny took Jacob for 0.5.

P.M. 2.25 with Benjamin in 17:44. Last 0.4 or so hard, at about 6:00 pace. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.75
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.500.000.5013.00

A.M. Did 10.5 with Mike. 2x400 in the middle 72.8 and 69.8. 0.5 with Jacob in 4:18.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin in 15:21. We did a couple of pickups - a quarter in 87, and another in 88. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph in 4:13.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

A.M. 10 with Mike. Jenny ran 2. 0.5 with Jacob, and Jenny in 4:44. 2 with Benjamin in 16:37.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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10.005.002.000.0017.00

AM. 15 miles with Mike. Did a 7.5 mile tempo on the standard 2.5 stretch of the Provo River Trail. The plan was 5:52 pace until 1.5 to go, then give it a push  if the energy is present. We were a bit feistier. Splits: 5:47 - 5:45 - (14:26) - 5:47 - 5:45 - 5:50 (14:28) - 5:42 - 5:36  then 79, 77 (5:12 avg for the last 0.5), (13:54) total time 42:48. I was much happier with this run than with the one on Wednesday. Mike did great, we traded quarters until a mile to go, then I pulled him, he stayed with me until a quarter to go, then fell back 2 seconds, but that was still very solid as by that time I had sped up to 5:08 pace.

Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P, M. 2 with Benjamin. 0.5 with Joseph. Jacob was sick.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 17.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
64.858.656.000.5080.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 80.25
Night Sleep Time: 36.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 36.50
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