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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
73.500.004.005.0082.50
Green Crocs 4 Miles: 82.50
Night Sleep Time: 40.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 40.00
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Day of rest. Went to church. We had another missionary farewell in the Sacrament meeting. The talks were on sharing the Gospel. Then we had a lesson on Christ's sermon to the Nephites when he appeared to them, which begins with the repetition of the Sermon on the Mount with a few important changes, and then more things are taught. The lesson in the Elder's Quorum was on Elder Nelson's talk Ask The Missionaries. That talk was the first time that I heard an apostle address people outside of the Church directly for the entire time in General Conference. Times are changing indeed.

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. Total of 12.5. Most of it with the kids. Benjamin did 7, Julia and Jenny 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
10.500.000.003.0013.50

A.M. Total of 13.5. Ran with the kids. Benjamin did 8, Jenny and Julia 3, Joseph 2, Jacob 1, William 0.5. Did a speed workout. Now I have a kid that can do a good portion of it with me. I did 3x1 mile, first one up the canyon, the other two down. Benjamin did 1000s with me. The first one was 5:38.3 - Benjamin's 1000 was 3:27. The wind really picked up in the last 600, I was headed for about 5:33 or so. In the second one I ran 5:03.3 - Benjamin did 3:09. In the last one Benjamin took the lead after 600 and that helped a lot with the pace. His 1000 was 3:06 and I ran 4:59.1 for the mile.

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 13.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Total of 12. Most 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
11.250.000.000.7512.00

A.M. 12 miles total. Most with the kids. Benjamin did 7, Jenny and Julia 3, Joseph 2, Jacob 1, William 0.5. Benjamin and I did a pickup for 0.75 down the canyon in 3:52.

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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Total of 12. Ran with the kids. Benjamin did 7, Jenny and Julia 3, Joseph 2, Jacob 1, William 0.5. Jacob did an 800 meter time trial on the track in 3:24.3. This is his new record, but only by a second. I was hoping he would get under 3:20. He started out in 47 for the first 200, then faded. Possibly not used to 800 meter pain. We will try one more time to see if he can do better.

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
15.250.004.001.2520.50

A.M. 20 mile run. 16 of it with Chad. Part of it with the kids. Jacob did 1, Joseph 2, Jenny and Julia 3. Benjamin was on the campout, and ran 7 later. I had an idea for Chad to improve his 5 K, and we tried a workout to get him started, and also to get an idea of his capabilities. The workout was 5x400 with 200 recovery down the Provo Canyon. The target was 75. We ended up doing 75.4, 73.9, 73.8, 73.8, 72.3. Then I finished out 16 with Chad and ran the last 4 as a tempo. My course is rather unpleasant - out and back, rollers, some wind in the canyon, so I was going to be happy with anything under 24:00 at the end of a 20 mile run on it. But I felt strong, and managed 23:27 with the splits of 5:52, 6:00, 5:43, 5:51.

P.M. 0.5 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 20.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
73.500.004.005.0082.50
Green Crocs 4 Miles: 82.50
Night Sleep Time: 40.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 40.00
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