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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 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.

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: 83.04 Year: 3760.81
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 987.95
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
73.153.603.252.0082.00
Green Crocs 4 Miles: 69.50
Night Sleep Time: 47.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 47.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Total of 12 miles. Most of it with the kids. Benjamin did 7, Jenny and Julia 3, Joseph 2, Jacob 1, William 0.5.

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.002.0012.00

A.M. Total of 12. 2 with Joseph. Jenny and Julia did 3. Jenny ran 1 of it with Jacob. I ran 7 with Benjamin. We did a 2 mile tempo run down the canyon. His assignment was to follow me as I tried to pace it at 5:20 per mile as closely as possible. I monitored the splits every 100 meters and was never more than 1 second off the schedule until we kicked. The splits were 79, 80, 80, 81 (5:20), then the next 800 in 2:41, 80, 76. There was a headwind, that is why I slipped into 81s and could not follow it with immediate 79 to recover. I tried pretty hard, but the gears were not moving. However, when it was time to kick I shifted to 76 without problems. Our total time for 2 miles was 10:37.3.

Sarah's/Matthew's fundal height measured low (27 instead of expected 30) at the midwife's appointment on Monday, so we did the ultrasound today to make sure nothing was wrong. All of the measurements and visual results were perfect. The due date is December 29th.

P.M. Sarah ran 0.5 with William and another mile on her own. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

A.M. 12.5 miles total. Jenny and Julia did 3, Jacob 1, Joseph 2, Benjamin 7., William 0.5.

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.750.000.750.0012.50

A.M. Total of 12.5. Most of it with the kids. Benjamin did 7, Jenny and Julia 3, Joseph 2, Jacob 1, William 0.5.

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total 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 the kids for most of my run. Total of 12.5. Benjamin did 7, Jenny and Julia 3, Joseph 2, Jacob 1, William 0.5.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.403.602.500.0020.50

A.M. Total of 20. Started with Chad. He ran 12. After the first 8 we picked up Benjamin. Chad went out 2, then came back. Benjamin and I did a tempo run. It was supposed to be 3.5, but it ended up being around 3.6 because we had to take a detour to get around the finish line of some half marathon that blocked the trail. Our time was 21:00 which is 5:50 average. Then I ran with the kids. Jacob did 1, Joseph 2. Jenny and Julia 3 by themselves. Then at the very end of 20 I did 2x2000 on rolling hills near my house. That course is quite slow. I did the first one in 7:10, and the second in 7:09 going in the opposite direction putting in an effort that I think would have given me 6:40 down the canyon, so maybe 6:50-6:55 on the track.

P.M. 0.5 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 20.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
73.153.603.252.0082.00
Green Crocs 4 Miles: 69.50
Night Sleep Time: 47.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 47.00
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