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 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.
...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.
Day of rest. Come Follow Me lesson at home, then our ward Sacrament meeting in person, then Elder's Quorum via Zoom. Took Mary, Bella, and Leigha with Sarah for a walk in the evening. Mary practiced multiplication table.
12 total, easy pace. Julia is on the mend, was able to run 7:20 mile on the track with a good kick at the end, so she had more.
The kids ran in the 3 K Utah County Championship cross country meet in Spanish Fork. Joseph got 10:45 (won the age division), Jacob 10:47 (2nd), William 11:55 (3rd in his age division), Matthew 12:43 (first not only in his age division, but in the 9-10 as well), and Stephen had some back problems + mind problems and jogged in 14:32.
12 total. Paced Stephen over 2 miles down the canyon for his redemption, he started OK, then mentally lost it, then regained his composure with 7 seconds behind pace (6:40), but narrowed it to 2 seconds with 200 to go, and then totally lost it and just stopped. So he is off treats until he redeems himself. Also, did 1.5 tempo at 5:52 pace down the canyon. Julia is doing well, we are doing a 7:30 target pace mile on the track with a kick if she has something more or less daily to see what this does for her.
Stephen's 2 mile tempo.
More distance with 1.5 tempo down the canyon at the end.
The conditions were better than a month ago. Results:
Albert 15:45 PR
Chad 16:55 PR
Jacob 17:11 PR
Jeff McClellan 17:35
Stephen 20:08 PR
Matthew 20:28 PR
Benjamin had a hard time getting going, and could not crack 4:52 pace. Part of it I think is colder temperatures, and not enough sleep, part maybe low adrenaline from school load.
Jacob had a breakthrough race splitting 5:36, 5:33, 5:25. This was too much for Joseph, he made a move with 1 K to go to try to catch Jacob, and then just gave up and jogged in.
I had a decent race. Jeff McClellan joined us and it just happened that him jogging a mile a day with his kids put him in about the same 5 K shape as me. I was surprised though, that I was able to outkick him, but I did run 80 for the last quarter, which is a good kick for me now.
Jenny did not race today, as she had been sick and overloaded with school work. Julia showed she is on the mend, ran 23:02, almost a minute and a half improvement from last month. Sarah also had a decent race in spite of some challenges over the last week finishing in 25:32.