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.
Did a workout with Benjamin today. Kids ran their usual distances except for Julia who did only 2 miles. Benjamin did 5x1000 in the canyon with 400 recovery between the first 4 intervals, and 1000 before the last one. Part of the reason for the longer recovery was that we were out of distance, part that I wanted him to get more rest. I did 600s with him. Benjamin's target was 3:00, he stuck to it more or less - 3:00, 2:59, 2:59, 3:03, 3:01.
Did a mostly easy run with a fast interval of 0.75 in 3:51. Was able to keep up with Benjamin up to about 700 meters as he ran 1.25 down the canyon in 6:02. Jenny ran 4.7, Julia did 2, other kids ran their usual distances.
Ran this part with Benjamin and Jenny. We started at the Canyon Glen Park and ran home. It was cold and windy, I was shivering. Nevertheless we did the workout we were planning on. Benjamin managed 6:02 for 1.25 in spite of the conditions. His opening quarter was 75, but then he sped up and ran the last mile in 4:47.
When we were done we ran back to Jenny. She was able to hold around 8:00 average for the whole run. I consider this to be a good sign.
The interval. The cold conditions made it harder. First quarter in 75 was manageable, but when Benjamin sped up to 72 I dropped back. My next quarter was 74, and I was down to 82 for the last one - the cold really got to me. I am finding that as I got older I have gotten more sensitive to the cold. The conditions that used to slow me down by maybe 5 seconds per mile now slow me down by as much as 20 and find myself unable to hold the pace as the run progresses.