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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: 140.21 Year: 1796.64
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 694.13
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
63.770.000.000.0063.77
Water Clogs Miles: 17.29Bare Feet Miles: 23.88Airwalk Clogs Miles: 22.60
Night Sleep Time: 45.50Nap Time: 2.50Total Sleep Time: 48.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

A.M. 10 with Jeff at Grandview in 1:17:25. Benjamin ran 2 with us in about 16:35.

P.M. Supervised Jenny and Julia on a bike. Jenny ran 17:41 2 miles. Julia did 1.5 in 13:27. Then 0.5 with Joseph in 4:59.

Water Clogs Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Ran with Jeff at Grandview again. The grass was warmer, so I ran barefoot. Total time 1:17:21.

Rode the bike to Grandview and back. On the way back had a bit of fun trying to keep up with a car from a standing start in a 25 mph zone. It gapped me, but not by a lot, and I felt the effort was sustainable. 

P.M. 1.5 with Julia in 14:34 at Grandview barefoot. Jenny ran 2 in 18:51. Benjamin did 17:10 for 2 miles. Later 0.5 with Joseph in 4:52.

Bare Feet Miles: 11.50Water Clogs Miles: 0.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.50Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

A.M. Ran with Jeff. 10  at Grandiview in 1:19:56 barefoot. Rode the bike again to and back. 

P.M. Supervised Julia on a bike. She ran 1.5 in 12:56. 2 with Benjamin and Jenny at Grandview. Benjamin ran 16:43. Jenny 16:59. I finished with Jenny, but I had a stop in the middle to go to the bathroom that took about a minute, and then caught up.  0.5 with Joseph at home in 4:14.

Bare Feet Miles: 12.00Water Clogs Miles: 0.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.170.000.000.008.17

A.M. Was feeling fatigued, possibly because of a minor cold. So decided to take it easy. Dragged my way through 6.17 miles in 50:58 at Grandview.

P.M.  Felt a bit better. Morning nap helped. Ran with the kids at Grandview. Julia ran 1.53 in 13:24. Jenny 2 in 17:11. Benjamin and I ran 2 in 13:48.  Sarah ran 0.5 with Joseph at home.

Bare Feet Miles: 0.38Water Clogs Miles: 5.79Airwalk Clogs Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.600.000.000.0010.60

A.M. Felt better this morning. Ran at Grandview. Felt not that great in the first 3 miles, but then warmed up and felt normal. Wore new Airwalk Clogs to try them out. They are one size too small, so there is a bit of blistering, but otherwise they are very good for the foot - I could not feel anything and ran normally as far as I could tell. 8.1 in 1:01:55. Benjamin ran the first 2 with me in 17:22.

 P.M. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:51. 2 with Jenny at Grandview in 18:31. Julia ran 1.5 with Sarah on a bike.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 10.60
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

A.M. 10 with Jeff around Grandview in 1:17:44.

P.M. Supervised the kids on a bike. Jenny and Julia ran 1.5 in 14:50. Benjamin did 2 in 16:46. Joseph ran 0.5 with Sarah.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
63.770.000.000.0063.77
Water Clogs Miles: 17.29Bare Feet Miles: 23.88Airwalk Clogs Miles: 22.60
Night Sleep Time: 45.50Nap Time: 2.50Total Sleep Time: 48.00
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