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.
Benjamin 16:32 1st (17-18)
Jenny 20:50 2nd (15-16)
me 18:29 - the only adult participant
Julia 19:07 5th, (13-14)
Joseph 11:18, 4th, (11-12)
Jacob 11:29, 2nd (9-10)
William 8:51, 2nd, (7-8)
Benjamin and I ran 8 miles in the morning. We were going to take this as a fun race, but somehow both of us got good results. I ran 14 seconds faster than last year, Benjamin improved his time by 27 seconds in spite of being ahead by 59 seconds of the next competitor and running in Crocs (he could not find his racing flats) which makes things slower in cross country. For a comparison, Riley ran 16:15 last year, Jake 16:20. So maybe we should say this is at least 1 minute slower than Draper Days. If so, this would indicate a 5 K speed breakthrough for Benjamin that for some reason is not coming out in workouts. Almost makes me wonder if the course was short, but at the same time I felt my effort was cardio-taxed, I always had someone to run with, and generally felt I put in a solid quality effort. Benjamin also felt like his legs were working and his cardio as well unlike in his 15:56 Draper Days or 15:28 San Francisco track 5 K, so I am willing to believe he ran something that was in the 15:30 range quality in Draper Days and around 15:00-15:05 on the track.
I was impressed with Jacob and Joseph's performances. They have struggled in workouts lately, so I was not expecting anything spectacular in the race. But they both ran PRs - Jacob improved by 8 seconds, and Joseph improved by 2 seconds.