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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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 62.33 Year: 3418.01
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
74.450.000.002.0076.45
Airwalk Clogs Miles: 66.25Saucony Type A Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 48.00Nap Time: 0.50Total Sleep Time: 48.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church. Downloaded and watch General Conference on my hack of a video playing system. Got a better understanding of the talks, some of which came while debugging the system. Hearing the same talk more than once eventually broke through a barrier, my eyes were opened and I began to see by the Spirit.

You can see some amazing things when you see by the Spirit! I strongly encourage that.

Those things, however, are not easy or should I say not possible to describe in writing. They must be seen by the Spirit, so I cannot post an image or a video, except refer the reader to The General Conference web site and encourage him to watch, read, and/or listen to the talks with a prayerful attitude.

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. Ran at Grandview with Jeff. Benjamin joined us for the first 2 miles in 16:48. We found a soccer ball and passed it along to each other as we ran. So a little bit of cross training. Total time for 10 was 1:17:28.

P.M. 2 with Jenny in 17:40. Julia ran the first 1.5 with us in 13:43. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:57.

Airwalk Clogs 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 Jeff at Grandview. 10 in 1:15:56.

P.M. 2 with Jenny in 17:43. Julia ran the first 1.5 in 13:48. Benjamin ran 2 in 15:53. 0.5 with Joseph in 3:59! That is his new record. I believe it is also the family record for 0.5 in the 4 and under division.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.100.000.000.0014.10

A.M. Ran with Jeff at Grandview. 8.1 in 1:04:54. Then came home and ran with Benjamin. We decided to go in the direction of Sarah's run until we would meet her if we did not meet her before 1 mile mark. So we ended up going to the 2 mile mark, then ran back. 4 miles in 31:10. Benjamin felt it was like a jog in the first 2.5 miles, then he said it got signficantly harder, but he maintained the pace nevertheless. No surprise here. His usual run distance is 2 miles.

P.M. 2 with Jenny in 18:21. Julia ran the first 1.5 in 13:57. Joseph ran 0.5 with Sarah.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 14.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.750.000.002.0012.75

A.M. 2.25 with Benjamin from Computune in 17:42.

P.M. Ran with Jeff. Joined him for a part of his control tempo run. His target was to run at 173 HR for 4 miles, then run the last mile hard. The purpose was to get an idea if he was fit enough to have a shot at prize money in Richmond half.

I ran the first and the fourth mile. 5:15 and 5:25 respectively. Also coasted through one more mile in 6:13 immediately following the 5:25. The foot did not like the 76 quarter at the opening of the first mile. I thought about stopping at 0.5, but decided to tough it out a bit more. Not sure if it was a good idea, but well, I did it. In the second mile it was not as drastic since the pace never was faster than 5:20, but the foot was already irritated from the previous mile.  So my conclusion from this and my Saturday's run is that I should not run faster than 5:40 for some time. Not that I would be particularly anxious anyway - I do not look forward to anything faster than 7:30 in this kind of condition.

Jeff ran 21:27 for the first 4 miles, and then once the HR speed limit was removed, closed with a 4:54 mile. I think 173 HR is way below his half race effort, which is a good sign. So I am doing the following math - half race pace on the trail 5:20, take off 5 seconds for the weirdness of the trail (that's the difference I see between running on the trail and running on a street/highway), take off 10 second for going to see level. That gives us 5:05 pace, or in other words 1:06:38 for the half. With that he should be in the money in Richmond. Also, it would be nice to covert this math from theory to practice, and if we succeed, that's only 1:38 from OTQ through the half - close enough to see a flickering beam of hope.

Now it is the matter of logistics - time off work, finding a place to stay (they do not give hotel to anybody in the half, only the marathon), and getting a good airplane ticket.

0.5 with Joseph in 4:27. Jenny and Julia ran with Sarah on a bike.


Saucony Type A Miles: 10.00Airwalk Clogs Miles: 2.75
Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.600.000.000.0012.60

A.M. Ran at Grandview with Jeff. 8.1 in 1:07:43. Then 2 with Benjamin in 15:49.

P.M. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:39. 2 with Jenny in 17:20. Julia ran the first 1.5 in 13:14.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.50Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M.  Slept in on purpose. Spent the morning assembling the 12 chairs we got from IKEA for $20 each to match the table we got from a KSL ad for $235. 12 chairs has a special significance to a Russian due to a popular novel and movie with the same name.Now we just need to get some padding for them so we can hide the diamonds.

I discovered that a drill makes up for a good portion of my clumsiness, and having the kids do small tasks helps me stay focused. So it did not take as long as I was afraid it would.

Jeff ran in a little cross-country 5 K race put on by a group of Orem stakes, so we were not planning on running together. Nevertheless, when I went for a run I met him after 1.25 unexpectedly. Ran with him to 3.25, then he was done, and I went on to finish 10. Asked him how the race went. First sentence out of his mouth: "It was a weird race - the second place was 3 minutes back". Upon further questioning the suspect revealed that the race was really not that weird. There was a reason the second place finished almost 3 minutes back. Jeff ran 15:47. Second place was 18:36. It could have been more weird for sure.

Finished 10 in 1:11:57. Ran two more with Benjamin in 15:32. Jenny and Julia ran 2.5 with Sarah. Joseph ran 0.5.

Airwalk Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
74.450.000.002.0076.45
Airwalk Clogs Miles: 66.25Saucony Type A Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 48.00Nap Time: 0.50Total Sleep Time: 48.50
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