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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: 62.33 Year: 3418.01
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: 987.95
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
60.256.505.000.0071.75
Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 71.75
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-17 08:51:58
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time1:05:34.60Pace8:11.83
Recovering from the marathon. Did 4+4. Usual distances for the kids. Matthew had a sore throat and an upset stomach, but made it through the mile.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time31:18.20Pace7:49.55
With Jenny.
Split 1:Distance2.270Time18:46.40Pace8:16.21
Cumilative:Distance2.270Time18:46.40Pace8:16.21
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:53.70Pace6:53.70
Cumilative:Distance3.270Time25:40.10Pace7:50.98
Split 3:Distance0.730Time5:38.10Pace7:43.15
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:18.20Pace7:49.55
 
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:54.50Pace8:54.50
With Matthew, Stephen, Bonnie, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time25:21.90Pace8:27.30
With Bonnie, Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, and William.

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.001.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-18 09:16:04
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:53.40Pace7:59.45
Easy runs, I am back to my usual 8 + 4, did a 1 mile pick with Jenny down the canyon in 6:19. Matthew felt better today, but still was not 100%. Bonnie had a fever and upset stomach - did not run. Otherwise usual distances for everybody.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:03:22.80Pace7:55.35
With Jenny.
Split 1:Distance6.270Time51:33.90Pace8:13.44
Cumilative:Distance6.270Time51:33.90Pace8:13.44
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:19.40Pace6:19.40
Cumilative:Distance7.270Time57:53.30Pace7:57.76
Split 3:Distance0.730Time5:29.50Pace7:31.37
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time1:03:22.80Pace7:55.35
 
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:36.80Pace8:36.80
With Matthew - do not remember who else we had.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:53.80Pace7:57.93
With William.

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.552.500.000.0013.05

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-19 10:21:35
Workout Totals: Distance13.050Time1:29:54.20Pace6:53.35
Usual distances for the kids for the most part. William was not 100%, ran only 3 miles. Matthew is feeling better, but still not 100%. Bonnie was able to run all of the miles today, but slower.

I did my first post-marathon tempo - 2.5 down the canyon in 14:49. Felt very sluggish at the start, the first quarter was 94, then I gradually got going. This may have had to do something with a small stomach bug I caught that made me lose appetite - so I have been eating less.
Leg 1:Distance8.050Time56:37.90Pace7:02.10
Alone - tempo down the canyon for 2.5.
Split 1:Distance5.430Time40:46.90Pace7:30.63
Cumilative:Distance5.430Time40:46.90Pace7:30.63
Split 2:Distance2.500Time14:49.60Pace5:55.84
Cumilative:Distance7.930Time55:36.50Pace7:00.74
Split 3:Distance0.120Time1:01.40Pace8:31.67
Cumilative:Distance8.050Time56:37.90Pace7:02.10
 
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:14.40Pace8:14.40
With Stephen, Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, William and Bonnie.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time25:01.90Pace6:15.48
With Jenny, Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie.

Brown 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
10.002.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-20 08:39:34
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:28:33.60Pace7:22.80
Usual runs for everybody today, as far as I can remember. Matthew is recovering from a sore throat.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time56:44.20Pace7:05.52
I think I ran this alone.
Split 1:Distance4.050Time30:49.60Pace7:36.69
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:49.60Pace7:36.69
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:43.00Pace5:51.50
Cumilative:Distance6.050Time42:32.60Pace7:01.92
Split 3:Distance1.950Time14:11.60Pace7:16.72
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time56:44.20Pace7:05.52
 
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:16.70Pace8:16.70
With Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, Stephen, and Bonnie.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:32.70Pace7:50.90
With William, Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie.

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.601.000.000.0010.60

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-21 08:28:00
Workout Totals: Distance10.600Time1:18:14.10Pace7:22.84
Only one run today due to the company party in the evening. Total of 10.6. Usual distances for the kids. Julia ran 6:18 mile down the canyon.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:48.90Pace7:48.90
With Matthew, Bonnie, Joseph, Jacob, William and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance9.600Time1:10:25.20Pace7:20.13
Split 1:Distance0.730Time6:17.30Pace8:36.85
Cumilative:Distance0.730Time6:17.30Pace8:36.85
Warm-up with Jenny and Julia.
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:18.10Pace6:18.10
Cumilative:Distance1.730Time12:35.40Pace7:16.65
Julia's mile down the canyon.
Split 3:Distance7.870Time57:49.80Pace7:20.89
Cumilative:Distance9.600Time1:10:25.20Pace7:20.13
Part with Jenny, part alone.
 

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 10.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.100.005.000.0016.10

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-22 08:18:16
Workout Totals: Distance16.100Time1:56:33.70Pace7:14.39
Did a bit over 16 today with Chad. Usual Saturday distances for the kids. Chad and I did a 5 mile tempo with the first mile in 5:58, then we settled into 5:50 pace, and cranked it up in the last mile eventually speeding up to 76 last quarter to beat the 29:00 guy. Last mile was 5:27.
Leg 1:Distance2.980Time23:50.80Pace8:00.13
Warm-up with Chad and Jenny.
Leg 2:Distance5.000Time28:56.10Pace5:47.22
Tempo run with Chad.
Leg 3:Distance8.120Time1:03:46.80Pace7:51.28
Cool down/miles with Chad.

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 16.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
60.256.505.000.0071.75
Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 71.75
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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