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 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.
...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.
Track workout today with the kids. Jacob ran a 200 PR - 29.9. I got 30.8 racing him. It might have been 30.6, but for some reason it is showing as 30.8 now. William did a mile in 5:54.8. Then Julie Esplin and Melody Jensen came, and we did some of our workout with them. First Julie joined us for Stephen and Julia's 4x400. Then Jacob and I paced Melody for 4 400s, and then when they got faster, I paced her alone. She was able to run 71.6 in the last one.
Ran with Jenny for a good portion of my run today. Total of 12 (9+3). Did Jenny's mile pickup in 6:18, and 2 miles on my own in 11:47 (both down the canyon). Other kids ran on their own - usual distances.
Ran with Matthew and a few other kids in the morning, then some with Julia, but mostly alone, did a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 11:30. Ran 6 more in the evening with Jenny. Usual distances for the kids.
With Matthew and a few other kids, do not exactly remember who.