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Utah USATF Cross-Country 5 K

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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: 25.33 Year: 3286.80
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
67.140.002.005.6174.75
Navy Crocs Miles: 59.87
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-11-05 07:33:00
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:19:54.30Pace7:59.43
Total of 10. Sarah was having contractions today, we thought she might deliver the baby, but the contractions stopped. She ran 10:36 mile on the little boy course in the process. Usual distances for the kids - Jenny still on the elliptical.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time10:36.60Pace10:36.60
With Sarah.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:36.40Pace7:36.40
With Matthew and some other kids, I think.
Leg 3:Distance2.000Time16:00.10Pace8:00.05
With Bonnie, Joseph, Jacob, William and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time31:56.30Pace7:59.07
With Bonnie, Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance2.000Time13:44.90Pace6:52.45
Alone.

Navy Crocs 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
13.000.000.000.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-11-06 09:24:36
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:30:30.10Pace6:57.70
Usual day, usual distances for everybody except Jenny - she was still on the elliptical.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time24:05.10Pace6:01.27
Do not remember who this was with.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time6:57.60Pace6:57.60
Do not remember this one either.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:27.10Pace7:27.10
I think this one was with Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance7.000Time52:00.30Pace7:25.76
Alone.

Navy Crocs Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.370.000.002.5012.87

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-11-07 08:25:02
Workout Totals: Distance12.870Time1:39:57.50Pace7:46.01
Ran with the kids in the morning, then did 10x0.25 targeting 80, but going around 77 on most of them down a hill near Center street on Carterville. Usual distances for the kids except for Jenny.
Leg 1:Distance6.100Time48:33.10Pace7:57.56
With Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:51.80Pace7:51.80
With Matthew - I think.
Leg 3:Distance5.770Time43:32.60Pace7:32.79
10x0.25 down the hill near the house workout.
Split 1:Distance0.240Time1:56.50Pace8:05.42
Cumilative:Distance0.240Time1:56.50Pace8:05.42
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:24.10Pace5:36.40
Cumilative:Distance0.490Time3:20.60Pace6:49.39
Split 3:Distance0.280Time2:38.60Pace9:26.43
Cumilative:Distance0.770Time5:59.20Pace7:46.49
Split 4:Distance0.250Time1:17.60Pace5:10.40
Cumilative:Distance1.020Time7:16.80Pace7:08.24
Split 5:Distance0.280Time2:43.00Pace9:42.14
Cumilative:Distance1.300Time9:59.80Pace7:41.38
Split 6:Distance0.250Time1:17.80Pace5:11.20
Cumilative:Distance1.550Time11:17.60Pace7:17.16
Split 7:Distance0.280Time2:49.10Pace10:03.93
Cumilative:Distance1.830Time14:06.70Pace7:42.68
Split 8:Distance0.250Time1:17.90Pace5:11.60
Cumilative:Distance2.080Time15:24.60Pace7:24.52
Split 9:Distance0.280Time2:37.80Pace9:23.57
Cumilative:Distance2.360Time18:02.40Pace7:38.64
Split 10:Distance0.250Time1:17.50Pace5:10.00
Cumilative:Distance2.610Time19:19.90Pace7:24.41
Split 11:Distance0.280Time2:40.60Pace9:33.57
Cumilative:Distance2.890Time22:00.50Pace7:36.92
Split 12:Distance0.250Time1:17.80Pace5:11.20
Cumilative:Distance3.140Time23:18.30Pace7:25.32
Split 13:Distance0.280Time2:36.40Pace9:18.57
Cumilative:Distance3.420Time25:54.70Pace7:34.59
Split 14:Distance0.250Time1:18.50Pace5:14.00
Cumilative:Distance3.670Time27:13.20Pace7:25.01
Split 15:Distance0.280Time2:39.20Pace9:28.57
Cumilative:Distance3.950Time29:52.40Pace7:33.77
Split 16:Distance0.250Time1:16.60Pace5:06.40
Cumilative:Distance4.200Time31:09.00Pace7:25.00
Split 17:Distance0.280Time2:42.00Pace9:38.57
Cumilative:Distance4.480Time33:51.00Pace7:33.35
Split 18:Distance0.250Time1:17.40Pace5:09.60
Cumilative:Distance4.730Time35:08.40Pace7:25.75
Split 19:Distance0.280Time2:43.40Pace9:43.57
Cumilative:Distance5.010Time37:51.80Pace7:33.45
Split 20:Distance0.250Time1:16.90Pace5:07.60
Cumilative:Distance5.260Time39:08.70Pace7:26.52
Split 21:Distance0.510Time4:23.90Pace8:37.45
Cumilative:Distance5.770Time43:32.60Pace7:32.79
 

Navy Crocs Miles: 12.87
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.002.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-11-08 09:48:38
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:27:32.70Pace7:17.73
Usual distances for everybody except Jenny (elliptical) and Joseph (only 2 miles due to fatigue from the cold). Did 2 miles down the canyon in 11:33. Felt tired.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time57:38.20Pace7:12.28
Split 1:Distance3.980Time31:07.90Pace7:49.32
Cumilative:Distance3.980Time31:07.90Pace7:49.32
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:33.90Pace5:46.95
Cumilative:Distance5.980Time42:41.80Pace7:08.39
Split 3:Distance2.020Time14:56.40Pace7:23.76
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time57:38.20Pace7:12.28
 
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:27.80Pace7:27.80
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time22:26.70Pace7:28.90

Navy Crocs 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

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-11-09 11:46:20
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:32:46.70Pace7:43.89
Total of 12 for me, kids tapering for the state cross-county championship. Joseph recovering from the cold. Jenny jogged 2 miles, I think.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time31:43.00Pace7:55.75
Part with William, Stephen and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.450Time11:01.50Pace7:36.21
With William and Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance6.550Time50:02.20Pace7:38.35
Alone.

Navy Crocs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: Utah USATF Cross-Country 5 K (3.107 Miles) 00:18:10, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.770.000.003.1114.88

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-11-10 09:37:46
Workout Totals: Distance14.875Time1:51:51.10Pace7:31.17
Kids ran in the state XC championship today. results:

Stephen (7-8) 2 K 9:24 7th - I think he did not invest himself mentally. We need to work on toughness. But he did qualify for the nationals.

William (9-10) 3 K - 11:14, 1st in a competitive race. Took the lead around 1.2 K mark like I told him, put in good effort to gap the field, and won by 12 seconds.

Jacob (11-12) 10:39, 2nd place in a close battle against McKay Wells (10:37). Trailed him most of the way, then closed the gap and made contact with maybe 200 to go, but lost the kick. Good race.

Bonnie (11-12) - 12:13, 10th place, good race - qualified for the nationals. The race was the most competitive I've ever seen beyond anything - the winner Anika Hunt ran 10:47, Avalon Mecham 2nd place 10:54.

My race - ran 18:10. Teren had 15:38, Nate 15:53. What is strange is that we ran what looked like the same course, but Teren improved by 42 seconds, and I improved by 39 from last year.

Joseph was sick and did not run the race - just jogged a couple of miles at home. I ran two more at home with Jacob and Matthew.

Sarah did not go into labor.
Leg 1:Distance3.400Time26:31.30Pace7:48.03
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance1.200Time9:24.50Pace7:50.42
Cheering during Stephen's race.
Leg 3:Distance0.000Time0:02.00Pace0:00.00
William's false start.
Leg 4:Distance1.405Time11:14.20Pace7:59.86
Cheering for William.
Leg 5:Distance1.528Time12:13.40Pace7:59.97
Cheering for Bonnie.
Leg 6:Distance1.335Time10:40.80Pace8:00.00
Cheering for Jacob.
Leg 7:Distance0.900Time6:44.70Pace7:29.67
Short warm-up before my race.
Leg 8:Distance3.107Time18:09.90Pace5:50.79
My race.
Leg 9:Distance1.000Time8:26.40Pace8:26.40
With Jacob and Matthew.
Leg 10:Distance1.000Time8:23.90Pace8:23.90
With Jacob and Matthew.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
67.140.002.005.6174.75
Navy Crocs Miles: 59.87
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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