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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

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 83.04 Year: 3760.81
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
73.580.003.500.5077.58
White Crocs 2 Miles: 77.58
Night Sleep Time: 42.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 44.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-16 07:14:18
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:39:05.00Pace8:15.42
A cold day today. We all ran our usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:03:58.00Pace7:59.75
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time35:07.00Pace8:46.75
With Joseph, Jacob, and Julia. Jenny ran the first 1.5, then turned around and finished her run with William and Stephen. We got some snow by this point, so we had to slow down a lot.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.120.000.000.0012.12

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-17 09:19:01
Workout Totals: Distance12.125Time1:37:15.70Pace8:01.29
Usual day, except Benjamin and I did 3x200 - we managed to find some dry spots in the canyon where this was possible. My watch got discharged, so I did not bring it and had to guess my splits - which I think were around 33 for the first one, and around 32 for the last two. Benjamin got 30.3, 29.6, 27.4.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:04:00.00Pace8:00.00
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance0.125Time1:13.40Pace9:47.20
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time32:02.30Pace8:00.57
With Joseph, Jacob, and Julia.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.12
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.120.000.000.0012.12

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-18 08:14:26
Workout Totals: Distance12.125Time1:37:50.40Pace8:04.16
Usual run today. Kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:04:59.20Pace8:07.40
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance0.125Time1:11.80Pace9:34.40
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time31:39.40Pace7:54.85
With Joseph, Jacob, and Julia.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.12
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.002.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-19 08:12:43
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:30:56.70Pace7:34.72
Tempo run with Benjamin. He paced me through 2 miles in 10:48 (5:23,5:25). Otherwise a usual run for all of us.
Leg 1:Distance4.360Time34:45.80Pace7:58.39
Warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time10:48.70Pace5:24.35
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance1.640Time13:39.00Pace8:19.39
Cool-down.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time31:43.20Pace7:55.80
With Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, and Julia. I think Julia turned around early today and ran with the Stephen and William.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.220.000.000.0012.22

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-20 07:49:28
Workout Totals: Distance12.225Time1:38:24.00Pace8:02.94
Usual run, except Stephen did extra duty running another mile after failing to reach the fruit snack standard in the first half-hearted attempt (9:41). The second time he was focused and it went better - 8:54.
Leg 1:Distance8.100Time1:03:30.70Pace7:50.46
With Benjamin
Leg 2:Distance0.125Time1:10.30Pace9:22.40
With Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:54.30Pace8:54.30
With William and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time24:48.70Pace8:16.23
With Julia.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.22
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.120.001.500.5017.12

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-11-21 09:05:06
Workout Totals: Distance17.120Time2:07:48.70Pace7:27.94
Total of 16. Did 13 with Benjamin. We did a workout. He ran 2 miles down the canyon in 9:48(4:55,4:53). His target was 5:00. I ran the first 0.5 with him in 2:28, then settled into a tempo pace and finished 2 miles in 11:01. Benjamin, Jenny, and Joseph ran 5, Julia did 4, I think. Otherwise usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance4.500Time36:08.90Pace8:01.98
Warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time11:01.40Pace5:30.70
Workout with Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance0.500Time2:28.70Pace4:57.40
Cumilative:Distance0.500Time2:28.70Pace4:57.40
Split 2:Distance1.500Time8:32.70Pace5:41.80
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time11:01.40Pace5:30.70
 
Leg 3:Distance7.620Time58:44.90Pace7:42.59
Miles with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time21:53.50Pace7:17.83
Alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 17.12
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
73.580.003.500.5077.58
White Crocs 2 Miles: 77.58
Night Sleep Time: 42.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 44.00
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