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.
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.
...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.
Recovery 8 miles. Jenny ran 4 in the morning, Jacob did 1, Stephen did 0.5, everybody else rested for the 4K cross-country race. We were not sure if Joseph would be able to run, in fact this appeared unlikely. He was limping throuh the house. I asked him if he wanted a blessing and he agreed he needed it.
In the blessing I felt an nudge from the Spirit to bless him that he would be able to race in the evening. I was reluctant to respond to it, but I did. This was a lesson in faith for me.
When the time came to go to the race Joseph reported that his foot felt good enough to run on it and he would like to race. He did and won his age division running 18:49. He said the foot did not bother him at all during the race.
Jacob won his age division as well with 19:07, Julia was second in hers with 20:04, and William won his with 22:01.
I was particularly impressed with William's run. He is not yet 6, and his longest run prior to this was 2 miles. Yet he not only got through the distance but he ran it competitively and won his age division by 6 minutes.
Jenny stayed at home and helped Sarah with Mary and Matthew.
12.6 total. Did a tempo run with Benjamin - 3 miles down the canyon in 16:21. Kids ran their usual distances.
With Benjamin, Joseph and Jacob.
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Tempo run. Mile splits were 5:28, 5:26, 5:27, but the pace was not even. We started out a bit slower then made up, then towards the end Benjamin sped up to 5:20, and dropped me with 500 to go. I was spent and all I had was an 84 quarter. However, he cranked it up, hit 70 in the last quarter and finished in 16:04.