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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: 0.00 Year: 3555.51
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
61.930.000.007.1169.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-09-16 08:29:39
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:07.60Pace7:50.63
Total of 12, easy runs, more or less usual distances for everybody.
Leg 1:Distance2.000Time15:47.00Pace7:53.50
I think this was with Matthew, Jacob, William, and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance7.000Time55:00.60Pace7:51.51
Alone, part with Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:20.00Pace7:46.67
With Joseph and Jacob.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.150.000.003.7511.90

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-09-17 08:54:26
Workout Totals: Distance11.905Time1:24:48.10Pace7:07.39
Did 6x0.625 with 0.125 recovery workout with the target of 3:30/1:00, ended up a bit faster. Kids ran easy on their own. Benjamin picked up some kind of sickness, was not feeling well, ran only 4 miles in the morning, then felt better at night, ran 5.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:22.10Pace7:22.10
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance1.860Time15:01.30Pace8:04.57
Warm-up, part with Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance4.375Time25:45.70Pace5:53.30
Workout.
Split 1:Distance0.625Time3:27.00Pace5:31.20
Cumilative:Distance0.625Time3:27.00Pace5:31.20
Split 2:Distance0.125Time0:58.80Pace7:50.40
Cumilative:Distance0.750Time4:25.80Pace5:54.40
Split 3:Distance0.625Time3:30.40Pace5:36.64
Cumilative:Distance1.375Time7:56.20Pace5:46.33
Split 4:Distance0.125Time0:58.50Pace7:48.00
Cumilative:Distance1.500Time8:54.70Pace5:56.47
Split 5:Distance0.625Time3:29.40Pace5:35.04
Cumilative:Distance2.125Time12:24.10Pace5:50.16
Split 6:Distance0.125Time0:59.20Pace7:53.60
Cumilative:Distance2.250Time13:23.30Pace5:57.02
Split 7:Distance0.625Time3:27.30Pace5:31.68
Cumilative:Distance2.875Time16:50.60Pace5:51.51
Split 8:Distance0.125Time0:59.50Pace7:56.00
Cumilative:Distance3.000Time17:50.10Pace5:56.70
Split 9:Distance0.625Time3:28.60Pace5:33.76
Cumilative:Distance3.625Time21:18.70Pace5:52.74
Split 10:Distance0.125Time0:59.10Pace7:52.80
Cumilative:Distance3.750Time22:17.80Pace5:56.75
Split 11:Distance0.625Time3:27.90Pace5:32.64
Cumilative:Distance4.375Time25:45.70Pace5:53.30
Leg 4:Distance2.670Time21:04.70Pace7:53.67
Cool-down.
Leg 5:Distance2.000Time15:34.30Pace7:47.15
With Joseph, Jacob, and I think Benjamin.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.750.000.000.2512.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-09-18 08:17:55
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:32:37.10Pace7:43.09
Total of 12, mostly easy runs. Some sore throats today, so a bit less distance for Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time31:35.80Pace7:53.95
With William and Stephen, did 0.25 with William in 73.6 down the canyon.
Split 1:Distance2.110Time16:56.30Pace8:01.66
Cumilative:Distance2.110Time16:56.30Pace8:01.66
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:13.60Pace4:54.40
Cumilative:Distance2.360Time18:09.90Pace7:41.82
Split 3:Distance1.640Time13:25.90Pace8:11.40
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:35.80Pace7:53.95
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time29:57.00Pace7:29.25
Alone.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time6:34.20Pace6:34.20
Alone.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:31.00Pace8:31.00
With Matthew and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance2.000Time15:59.10Pace7:59.55
With Joseph and Jacob.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-09-19 08:17:04
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:14:59.90Pace7:29.99
A bit of a taper. Total of 10. Kids ran on their own for the most part.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time58:58.70Pace7:22.34
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:33.80Pace7:33.80
Do not remember who this was with.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:27.40Pace8:27.40
With Matthew and Julia, if I remember right.

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 - 2019-09-20 08:48:28
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time59:53.30Pace7:29.16
Total of 8. A bit of a taper before the 5 K tomorrow. Kids also ran reduced mileage. Matthew recovered from the cold enough to be able to run sub-8:00 again.
Leg 1:Distance7.000Time51:57.30Pace7:25.33
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:56.00Pace7:56.00
With Matthew, and I think somebody else, maybe Jacob.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.030.000.003.1115.14

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-09-21 06:53:57
Workout Totals: Distance15.133Time1:53:09.70Pace7:28.67
Logan City 5 K, 17:49, 4th overall, 3rd master. Benjamin won with 15:50. Nate Hornok was 2nd with 16:14, then Mark 17:32. Joseph and Jacob had colds, both struggled, Joseph got 18:38, Jacob 19:14.

William and Stephen got lost on the course. Stephen turned around soon enough to finish some unknown distance greater than 5 K in 25:06. William, however, went further, and ended up running over 10 miles taking 1:14 to cover the distance.

When we got home, Benjamin, Jenny, and I ran some more miles.
Leg 1:Distance1.250Time9:35.40Pace7:40.32
Warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance3.107Time19:14.80Pace6:11.68
The race.
Split 1:Distance3.107Time17:48.80Pace5:44.00
Cumilative:Distance3.107Time17:48.80Pace5:44.00
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:49.10Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance3.107Time18:37.90Pace5:59.80
Joseph.
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:36.90Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance3.107Time19:14.80Pace6:11.68
Jacob.
Split 4:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance3.107Time19:14.80Pace6:11.68
Leg 3:Distance2.776Time22:12.50Pace8:00.01
Cool-down with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance7.000Time54:07.80Pace7:43.97
With Benjamin at home, part with Jenny.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time7:59.20Pace7:59.20
With Jacob and Matthew.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
61.930.000.007.1169.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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