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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: 123.22 Year: 3048.88
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
65.702.000.000.0067.70
Night Sleep Time: 47.50Nap Time: 1.50Total Sleep Time: 49.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Listened to General Conference. Legs still sore from the marathon. All in the quads. This one has beat me up pretty bad, almost as bad as a regular DesNews. May have something to do with the combination of downhill running and the cold muscles.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.340.000.000.009.34

A.M. 6 miles alone in 44:38. Quads still sore,  but runnable without a limp. 1 with Julia in 10:56. 0.34 with Joseph in 3:53. Jacob did his baby speed workout - 2x100 - 1:07, and 1:03.

Joseph calls my Five Fingers "The Running Feet".

P.M.  2 with Benjamin in 16:39. Jenny joined us for 1.5 in 12:56.

Five Fingers - 1450.79 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.340.000.000.0011.34

A.M. Slept in and was lazy. Sarah had to take Joseph to the dentist at 7:00 AM, and I did not feel like finishing my run before then in the dark. So figuring I since I was in the time-off phase I decided to get more sleep and run when it was warmer.

P.M. 8 miles alone in 57:10, 1 with Julia in 10:56, 2 with Benjamin in 17:16, Jenny joined us for 1.5 in 12:55, 0.34 with Joseph in 3:57, and 2x100 with Jacob - 55, and 54.

Five Fingers - 1462.13 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

A.M. Was going to run with Jeff, but he was still sore. But I had already gotten up when I found out. So I ran at 5:30 AM alone. It was dark and cold. It took me until the end of the run to kind of get going, but that's OK. I'm taking time off. 8 miles in 1:06:46. Then 1 mile with Julia to Reams and back to get toilet paper in 9:37.

P.M.2 with Benjamin in 17:29, Jenny joined us for 1.5 in 13:12. 

Five Fingers - 1470.13 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.50Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.340.000.000.0011.34

A.M. 8 with Derek in 1:01:38. Talked about steeple chase in the middle, and US economy towards the end. We both found it rather odd that in our economy significantly more people market, sell, advertise, write legal contracts, sue, manage money, etc, than engineer or manufacture products. So perhaps what we are experiencing is a natural consequence of the imbalance, and it is just things going back to where they should have been in the first place.

P.M. 1 with Julia in 10:56, 0.34 with Joseph in 3:46, 2 with Benjamin in 17:15, first 1.5 with Jenny in 13:14. Jacob did 2x100.

Five Fingers - 1478.13 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.340.000.000.0011.34

A.M. Ran early in the morning. Cold and dark. Jeff and I were asleep. I ran the first 4 with him. Then not much faster afterwards. 1:07:40 for 8 miles.

P.M. 1 with Julia in 11:00. 0.34 with Joseph in 4:17. Jacob ran 200 in 2:02. 2 with Benjamin in 16:53 with the first 1.5 with Jenny in 13:15.

Five Fingers - 1486.13 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.342.000.000.0013.34

A.M. Ran 6 with Jeff in 47:54. At least we beat the 8:00 guy today, that is progress.

A.M-2. Paced little James in the Cougar Run 5 K in 18:58. His goal was to break 19:00. The course was accurate, but had no mile marks, I forgot to bring my Garmin, so I paced him by feel. I estimated speed-wise he was capable of a low 18:00 and tried to not undershoot figuring if he dies he dies. Undershooting was a concern because it was cold, I was wearing a jacket and tights, I had just eaten breakfast, and I was in the mood to jog. James was making me work in the first 1 mile, a little less in the second, and the last mile I was just yelling at him the entire time, so he must have slowed down. Mike West, who recently joined the blog helped me in the effort, and Adam R was out for a run and joined us in the last half mile as well. Derek Taylor won in 15:34.

When I came back, I ran with Jacob (200 in 2:03, not counting towards mileage), and a mile with Julia in 9:57.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin in 17:24, had Jenny with us for the first 1.5 in 13:18. 0.34 with Joseph in 3:36. 

Five Fingers - 1492.13 miles.

T4 Racer - 689.27 miles

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 9.50
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
65.702.000.000.0067.70
Night Sleep Time: 47.50Nap Time: 1.50Total Sleep Time: 49.00
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