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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: 61.20 Year: 2764.50
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 621.04
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 594.85
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
70.307.253.001.7582.30
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 69.80
Night Sleep Time: 38.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 38.00
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Day of rest. Went to church. The topic in the Sacrament meeting was unusual, but appropriate for the troubled times - how to find employment and stay employed, and the talk was given by our ward employment specialist. This may not sound like a spiritual topic, but it is. When you are out of work, you go to the Lord and ask in faith. I had to do that a couple of months ago. My client called and said they were out of money, so there went my source of income. Fortunately I was prepared, and knew who to call to find work. I got on Skype immediately and contacted a friend at Percona. A week later I had work again, better paying (although more time consuming), and still from home.That setup was a blessing from the Lord for following his guidance in the past.

The lesson in Sunday school was on eternal families. The lesson in the Elder's Quorum was on obedience with exactness and doing your duty.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.5014.50

A.M. Ran with Mike and Ethan. Total of 10 miles. Mike and I ran 0.5 in 2:37.6. 2 more with Benjamin in 15:22, last quarter in 90. Jenny and Julia ran 2, including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. A mile to Dr. Brady's office and the same distance back. Benjamin and I ran 0.5 with Joseph in 3:58.

 

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 14.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.250.250.000.0012.50

A.M.9 miles with Ethan and Mike. 3 with Benjamin in 23:54, last quarter in 91. 0.5 with Jacob in 4:46. Jenny and Julia ran 2.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.250.000.001.2512.50

A.M. Ran with Mike and Ethan. Mike and I did 5x400 down a small grade on the trail. The splits were 70.8, around 69, around 69, 69.1, and 68.1. Total of 9 miles. Then 3 more with Benjamin.

Jenny and Julia ran 2, including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. 0.5 with Joseph.

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

A.M. 9 with Mike and Ethan. 3 with Benjamin. Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.807.003.000.0018.80

A.M. Long run today due to the General Conference tomorrow. It is hard to get a quality long run in without getting up too early. Also we were going to be out of town so would be doing it alone. Mike was happy to get it done today as well, so it worked out great. We did a warm-up, then a 10 mile tempo, and a cool down that included 3 miles with Benjamin.

Mike and I did 10 in 57:18 like this: 5:40 - 5:35 - 5:42 (14:06 at 2.5) - 5:44 - 5:49 (28:29 at 5, 14:23) - 5:47 - 5:44 - 5:49 (42:56 at 7.5, 14:27) -  5:48  - 5:41 (last quarter in 79, last 2.5 in 14:22, last 5 in 28:49).

5:48 pace felt cozy, 5:40 did not, 5:52 (88 quarters) felt too cozy. This was a great run for Mike. We traded quarters most of the way, except I pulled him from 7 to 9.5. A couple of months ago he could not do that pace for a little over a mile going downhill. Now he can do this on an out and back riverbank course for the whole 10 and have initiative in the last quarter.

Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph. We went to my mission reunion in Salt Lake. The highlight of the evening for me was walking into the chappel as our mission president was speaking (we got there late due a number of almost legitimate reasons). He stopped his talk and started counting our children - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 -7! I was happy I had something to show him 14 years after finishing the mission.

 

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 18.80
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. 6 alone, then 2 with Julia in 18:55, 2 with Jenny in 16:02, 2 with Benjamin in 14:19, 0.5 with Jacob.

General conference, great talks.

P.M. We stayed with Sarah's parents who happen to live in one of my old mission areas. Got to meet some people I knew back then before and after  the Priesthood session of the General Conference.  President Monson laid down the doctrine of Sabbath day sports and keeping the commandments 100% of the time vs 98 in the Priesthood session with a story about a collegiate basketball player.  I took Joseph for 0.5 afterwards.


Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
70.307.253.001.7582.30
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 69.80
Night Sleep Time: 38.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 38.00
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