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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
70.383.872.450.3077.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 77.00
Night Sleep Time: 42.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 45.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church. Good talks in the Sacrament meeting on missionary work from a recently returned mission president and his wife. The Sunday school lesson was on obedience. The Elder's quorum lesson was on the organization of the priesthood. I was a bit spacy during church due to fatigue from traveling and running the marathon. I think traveling took more out of me than the marathon. I estimate that I was about 5 minutes off due to travel fatigue and resulting sinus infection. If you had me run a marathon the day before, I would probably be about the same 5 minutes off if I had to do another one the next day.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.750.250.000.0011.00

A.M. 8.5 with Mike. 0.5 with Jacob in 4:26. 2 with Benjamin in 15:59. He made me run the last quarter in 89. Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5 in 4:21.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.650.750.000.0012.40

A.M. 10.4 with Mike. Met another runner named Ethan. I think he is the youngest training partner I've ever had aside from my own children - born in 1992! Did a 0.5 pickup to catch Ethan in 2;51. 2 with Benjamin in 16:54, last quarter in 90. Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5 in 4:34.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.40
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.300.000.500.0012.80

A.M. 10.3 with Mike and Ethan. Did a couple of pickups to show Ethan different paces, and then ran a post VPB 500 in 1:42 (5:26 pace). 2 with Benjamin in 15:20, last mile in 6:42. Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:38.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.80
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.050.000.950.3012.30

A.M. 10.3 with Mike and Ethan. Did a pickup for a quarter in 83, and then for a mile in 5:22.7. The last 500 of the mile at 5:05 pace. 2 with Benjamin in 16:49. Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph in 4:34.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.30
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

A.M. The alarm that was supposed to wake me up a week ago to go to the airport in Montreal went off this morning instead at 2:15 AM. I happened to have put it on the wrong date, a week later than intended. I got up thinking it was time to run, and started getting ready. Half way through I realized that it was too early, but by then it was too late as my body had woken up and refused to go back to sleep. So I decided to work instead and filed a MySQL bug report. That bug has been bugging me. One of our customers ran into it, but the challenge was demonstrating to the MySQL team that the bug existed without using customer data, and in a way that was reliably reproducible. Familiarity with the MySQL test driver which I originally wrote back in the day did help. Not knowing the optimizer code as well as I needed to made things difficult, but I bluffed my way through it with the help of a debugger.

Then I ran with Mike and Ethan. I felt energetic at the start of the run, but around 3-4 miles into it I was ready for a nap. I had never felt like this before, not right in the middle of a run. I really was ready to stop, lay on the grass and take a nap right in the middle of a run! I did push through it, though, and ended up with 9 miles. Decided to cut the run a bit short as I have been feeling fatigued from the trip and the marathon this whole week, but not too short.

2 more with Benjamin in 16:54. Jenny and Julia ran 2, including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.632.871.000.0017.50

A.M. Long run with Mike and Ethan. Due to post marathon recovery I did only 15. Mike went full 20. Ethan ran about 15. Mike and I did a couple of pickups. First a mile in 5:27. Then Mike ran a tempo - 7.5, I did the first 2.5 with him, and then turned around and ran 600 meters back to Ethan, so 2.875 of tempo in 16:25 (5:42.6 average). Jenny and Julia ran 2, including 0.5 with Jacob. 

P.M. 2 with Benjamin, 0.5 with Benjamin and Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 17.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
70.383.872.450.3077.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 77.00
Night Sleep Time: 42.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 45.00
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