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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: 153.57 Year: 3129.18
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 621.04
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 897.09
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
73.251.500.006.7581.50
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 81.50
Night Sleep Time: 45.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 45.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Went to church. We had a fast and testimony meeting, then a lesson on the spirit world in Sunday school, and a less on the plan of salvation in the Elder's Quorum.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.250.000.000.7512.00

A.M. Total of 12. Ran with Mike, we did a 0.75 pickup in 3:49 (5:05 pace). Jenny and Julia ran 2 including 1 with me, and 0.5 with Jacob. 3 with Benjamin including 1 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 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
11.400.000.000.6012.00

A.M. Total of 12. Ran with Mike, we did a 1000 pickup in 3:21, 1 with Jenny and Julia, they ran 1 more, including 0.5 with Jacob. 3 with Benjamin including 1 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.001.5012.00

A.M. Total of 12. Ran with Mike, we did 1.5 in 7:54. It felt hard, but I survived it. 1 with Jenny and Julia, 3 with Benjamin including 1 with Joseph. Jenny and Julia ended up with a total of 2 including 0.5 with Jacob.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. 12 including kids runs. Benjamin ran 3, Jenny and Julia ran 2, Joseph ran 1. Jacob was sick, did not run.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.500.000.000.0013.50

A.M. Total of 13.5. Ran with Mike, we did a 1K pickup in 3:13, felt really good. Then kids runs, some overlapping. Benjamin ran 3, Jenny and Julia ran 2.5, Joseph ran 1. Jacob was still sick, did not run.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 13.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.601.500.003.9020.00

A.M. 20 miles with Mike. The first 4 were with the kids. Benjamin ran 3, Jenny and Julia ran 2, Joseph ran 1, and Jacob did 0.5. Mike and I did a workout on the trail practicing 5:20 pace. 2000 in 6:35, than one went well, I felt strong. Then we jogged 400, and started another. Mike was leading, but too slow, so we went through the 400 in 82, then I took over and Mike fell back, which surprised me. I went on to battle the leaves on the trail and finished it out in 6:47, probably an honest 6:40 effort if you adjust for the leaves on that section. Something was wrong with Mike, 7:20 was all he could do. So we jogged some, and then did 1000. I wanted to see what was wrong with Mike. He handled that one well, we did 3:17. That was encouraging, and rather odd as well. What was the cause of that 7:20 deal earlier? To get an idea  we did 5:20 pace to Mike's failure but not exceeding 2000. He made it to 600 or so then started falling back, I ran to 1200 in 3:59, he did 4:09. This was probably low glycogen for him. When glycogen runs low, the body begins to conserve and the ability to sustain high power output is reduced, although 2-3 minute bursts of power are possible.

 At the end we did 1.5 at 5:50 pace, and Mike handled it fine.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 20.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
73.251.500.006.7581.50
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 81.50
Night Sleep Time: 45.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 45.50
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