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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
55.421.0014.990.2571.66
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.281.002.000.0012.28

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-24 08:53:20
Workout Totals: Distance12.282Time1:30:50.20Pace7:23.76
Usual runs for everybody. Jenny did 5+3 including a tempo mile down the canyon in 6:17, which I ran with her. I also ran a tempo down the canyon in 11:38. Total of a bit more than 12 for me.
Leg 1:Distance8.282Time59:10.90Pace7:08.75
Part with Jenny, part alone.
Split 1:Distance1.730Time13:41.00Pace7:54.57
Cumilative:Distance1.730Time13:41.00Pace7:54.57
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:17.30Pace6:17.30
Cumilative:Distance2.730Time19:58.30Pace7:18.94
Split 3:Distance3.400Time26:20.80Pace7:44.94
Cumilative:Distance6.130Time46:19.10Pace7:33.36
Split 4:Distance2.000Time11:38.70Pace5:49.35
Cumilative:Distance8.130Time57:57.80Pace7:07.77
Split 5:Distance0.152Time1:13.10Pace8:00.92
Cumilative:Distance8.282Time59:10.90Pace7:08.75
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:54.00Pace7:54.00
With Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, Stephen, and Bonnie.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:45.30Pace7:55.10
With Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, Bonnie, and William.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.740.001.000.255.99

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-25 08:33:36
Workout Totals: Distance5.992Time44:20.70Pace7:24.04
Track workout today. Usual distances for the kids. Joseph was sore and tired. So I did 4x100 with Jacob. William tried to get his PR in the mile, but it was not his day - all he could do was 5:58. Stephen and Julia did 2x1 mile.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:26.80Pace7:26.80
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:58.20Pace7:58.20
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time6:45.50Pace6:45.50
With Julia - Stephen fell back, ran around 6:56.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time5:58.60Pace5:58.60
William's time trial - Jacob and Joseph helped.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time6:44.90Pace6:44.90
With Stephen. Julia fell back this time, finished in 6:58, I think.
Leg 6:Distance0.992Time9:26.70Pace9:31.27
4x100 with Jacob.
Split 1:Distance0.186Time1:38.70Pace8:50.65
Cumilative:Distance0.186Time1:38.70Pace8:50.65
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:15.40Pace4:08.39
Cumilative:Distance0.248Time1:54.10Pace7:40.08
Split 3:Distance0.186Time2:16.60Pace12:14.41
Cumilative:Distance0.434Time4:10.70Pace9:37.65
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:15.10Pace4:03.55
Cumilative:Distance0.496Time4:25.80Pace8:55.89
Split 5:Distance0.186Time2:13.60Pace11:58.28
Cumilative:Distance0.682Time6:39.40Pace9:45.63
Split 6:Distance0.062Time0:14.90Pace4:00.32
Cumilative:Distance0.744Time6:54.30Pace9:16.85
Split 7:Distance0.186Time2:17.30Pace12:18.17
Cumilative:Distance0.930Time9:11.60Pace9:53.12
Split 8:Distance0.062Time0:15.10Pace4:03.55
Cumilative:Distance0.992Time9:26.70Pace9:31.27
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-25 10:37:31
Workout Totals: Distance5.000Time37:05.80Pace7:25.16
Leg 1:Distance5.000Time37:05.80Pace7:25.16
Additional miles to get the car.

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 - 2018-09-26 08:44:08
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:28:23.50Pace7:21.96
Drove to LA to pick up my mother from the airport. Did 8 in the morning (Julia did 4 with me), and 4 at night. Kids ran their usual distances at home.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:00:20.70Pace7:32.59
Part with Julia.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time28:02.80Pace7:00.70
Alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.070.001.990.0012.06

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-27 08:05:02
Workout Totals: Distance12.062Time1:28:50.90Pace7:21.96
Ran in LA, did 1 mile with Julia on the track in 6:37, then did a 3200 tempo in 11:38, then more distance to make the total of 8 for the AM, and 4 at home in the PM. Total of 12 for me, usual distances for the kids.
Leg 1:Distance1.072Time9:22.00Pace8:44.25
With Julia.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time6:37.60Pace6:37.60
With Julia on the track.
Leg 3:Distance1.988Time11:38.10Pace5:51.16
Alone on the track - tempo.
Leg 4:Distance1.483Time12:43.80Pace8:35.04
Cool-down with Julia.
Leg 5:Distance2.519Time17:39.70Pace7:00.68
More distance alone.
Leg 6:Distance4.000Time30:49.70Pace7:42.43
Alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.002.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-28 09:12:30
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:30:44.70Pace7:33.72
Usual day. Usual distances for the kids. I did 9+3 with a 2 mile down the canyon tempo in 11:47.
Leg 1:Distance9.000Time1:07:21.00Pace7:29.00
Part with Jenny.
Split 1:Distance4.980Time40:37.30Pace8:09.42
Cumilative:Distance4.980Time40:37.30Pace8:09.42
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:47.20Pace5:53.60
Cumilative:Distance6.980Time52:24.50Pace7:30.50
Split 3:Distance2.020Time14:56.50Pace7:23.81
Cumilative:Distance9.000Time1:07:21.00Pace7:29.00
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time23:23.70Pace7:47.90
Alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.330.008.000.0017.33

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-09-29 10:00:08
Workout Totals: Distance17.327Time2:00:35.10Pace6:57.56
A bit over 16 total. Did 4x2 down the canyon at around 5:52 pace. Usual Saturday distances for the kids.
Leg 1:Distance16.327Time1:52:50.00Pace6:54.65
Alone.
Split 1:Distance2.480Time19:50.40Pace8:00.00
Cumilative:Distance2.480Time19:50.40Pace8:00.00
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:46.90Pace5:53.45
Cumilative:Distance4.480Time31:37.30Pace7:03.50
Split 3:Distance2.020Time15:55.70Pace7:53.12
Cumilative:Distance6.500Time47:33.00Pace7:18.92
Split 4:Distance2.000Time11:48.60Pace5:54.30
Cumilative:Distance8.500Time59:21.60Pace6:59.01
Split 5:Distance1.020Time8:03.80Pace7:54.31
Cumilative:Distance9.520Time1:07:25.40Pace7:04.94
Split 6:Distance2.000Time11:39.90Pace5:49.95
Cumilative:Distance11.520Time1:19:05.30Pace6:51.92
Split 7:Distance1.520Time11:47.00Pace7:45.13
Cumilative:Distance13.040Time1:30:52.30Pace6:58.12
Split 8:Distance2.000Time11:39.70Pace5:49.85
Cumilative:Distance15.040Time1:42:32.00Pace6:49.04
Split 9:Distance1.287Time10:18.00Pace8:00.19
Cumilative:Distance16.327Time1:52:50.00Pace6:54.65
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:45.10Pace7:45.10
With 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
55.421.0014.990.2571.66
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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