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.
Total of 12. Cross-country race today, so the kids ran just 1 mile shakeout - all except William who rested and Stephen who ran his normal 0.5 because he was resting. Benjamin and I did 9 miles together with a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 10:49. Details below.
In the cross-country race the distance was 3 K. It was the final race of the series. Joseph ran 12:28 taking second in 9-10, James Harrison won with 12:12. Jacob won 7-8 division with 12:50. Julia was second in hers with 13:17. Jenny ran 14:20 taking 4th.
This was a significant improvement for her - she felt more competitive and ran more than a minute faster than last time. I think her iron supplement and dietary changes are starting to help.
William ran a great race as well finishing in 14:40 - 1st in 6 and under.
Overall, Joseph, Jacob, Julia, and William won their divisions in the series. Jenny was 4th.
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Tempo run. The purpose was to test Benjamin's condition after his foot accident. I told him he could run any pace he wanted as long as it was faster than 6:00. Our splits by 0.5: 2:49, 2:39, 2:44, 2:37. Benjamin said it was hard, but he was talking and cheering me on, so maybe not quite so hard.
Did a 3 tempo run with Benjamin. Then time trials with the little boys. Joseph ran 400 in 79.0, Jacob in 80.4, William did 800 in 3:34.2, Stephen in 4:47.3. All got their PRs. Also helped a high school runner named Brandon with a workout pacing him through 1600 in 5:37.
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Tempo run. The target was 5:20 for the first 2 miles for both of us, then Benjamin was going to do his best, and I was going to do my best. We opened with 76, which killed me, then the pace stabilized, but I payed for that 76 for the rest of the run. Our mile split was 5:16, then 7:57 at 1.5. After that I could not keep up anymore, at 2 miles Benjamin had 10:35, I got 10:40. Then neither one of us felt too good - Benjamin struggled through the last mile in 5:15, while I got 5:36.
Cool-down to the house.
Hit the button at the track during warm-up.
Warm-up with Joseph and Jacob.
Jacob's 400. He opened with 18 high, then 38 high at 200, and 59 300. For a while I thought he was going to crack 80 which would have been quite remarkable given that Joseph could only do 85 at Jacob's age, and Benjamin was not even breaking 90. But 80.4 is still quite remarkable, although there are kids Jacob's age that can go faster than this for the whole 800. I suppose there is a huge variance in development at this age. E.g, I am not expecting that Jacob will be running 8/9*58.9 = 52.35 when he is 15. Or who knows, maybe he will - we will have to see. I do think, however, that it is safe to say that the current national 8 and under record holder in a quarter (Anthony Valentine, 65.50) will not be running 42.35 at 15, which is what I get if I multiply Benjamin's 15 year old track PR by the ratio of their 8-year-old PRs.
Joseph's 400. He opened in 17 high, I did not know he had that much raw speed, then 37 high, 58, and finished in 21. First time under 80.
Stephen's 800. He opened with 1:05 200, then 1:15, 1:15, and 1:12. Record by 2 seconds.
William's 800. He opened with 52, then 54, 55, and 53. Improved by 4 seconds.
Total of 20. Benjamin did 12.6 with a tempo run for 6.18 in 34:34 with the last mile in 4:53. I did 6.25 in 35:53. Kids ran their usual distances.
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Tempo run with Benjamin. The plan was for Benjamin to hang with me for the first 5.25 then go as fast as he could with the goal to break 5:00. The pace for the first 5 was around 5:45, then he miscounted the triangles and started and finished his move 100 meters too early. I felt flat today - it felt like the lack of sleep, and I proved it by taking a 2 hour nap in the afternoon.