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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: 0.00 Year: 3555.51
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
40.512.000.003.9546.46
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.002.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-11-25 09:11:12
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:31:55.80Pace7:39.65
Total of 12. Paced Jenny in a tempo run down the canyon for 2 miles. She ran 12:24 splitting 6:16, 6:08. She saw boys on skate boards and decided to show class.
Leg 1:Distance4.980Time38:46.20Pace7:47.11
Part with Jenny, part alone.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time12:24.90Pace6:12.45
Paced Jenny in her tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance2.020Time17:03.20Pace8:26.53
With Jenny.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:41.50Pace7:53.83
With Joseph and Jacob.

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 - 2019-11-26 10:44:48
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:39:59.10Pace7:41.47
Total of 13 for me, easy runs for everybody. Joseph and Jacob cut their mileage to 4 to rest for the Earn Your Turkey race.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time29:57.30Pace7:29.32
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time30:44.80Pace7:41.20
With Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:39.10Pace7:53.03
With William.
Leg 4:Distance2.000Time15:37.90Pace7:48.95
With Matthew - part with Julia.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-11-27 12:46:06
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time59:05.20Pace7:23.15
Only 8 miles for me, 3 for Joseph, Jacob, William, and Stephen, 4 for Jenny, 8 for Benjamin, 2 for Julia, usual distances for Mary and Bella. Taper for the Thanksgiving 4 miler.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:56.30Pace7:56.30
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance7.000Time51:08.90Pace7:18.41
Alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.510.000.003.9513.46

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-11-28 07:26:55
Workout Totals: Distance13.466Time1:38:46.80Pace7:20.13
Earn Your Turkey, "4" (really 3.95) miles, 23:00, 16th overall, 1st in 45-49, second master.

Conditions were less than ideal, but not terrible for those who ran under 25:00. After that it started getting worse, and by the time of the kids race, the course was covered with snow, and it was hard to gain traction.

Top finishers:

1 311 Christian
Allen
M 19:45.8 4:56 22 1 M Open
2 116 Nate
Fredrick
M 20:16.9 5:04 23 2 M Open
3 190 Benjamin
Pachev
M 20:38.3 5:10 20 3 M Open
4 260 Dustin
Bybee
M 21:27.3 5:22 37 4 M Open
5 83 Brian
Schulz
M 21:39.6 5:25 20 5 M Open
6 86 Payton
Riggs
M 22:13.3 5:33 22 1 M 19-24
7 122 Tayson
Echohawk
M 22:21.6 5:35 14 1 M 12-14
8 304 Creed
Robertson
M 22:21.9 5:35 18 1 M 15-18
9 110 Thomas
Heaps
M 22:27.6 5:37 21 2 M 19-24
10 77 Tyler
Hudson
M 22:34.8 5:39 17 2 M 15-18
11 323 David
Wilson
M 22:40.5 5:40 21 3 M 19-24
12 291 Trent
Chipman
M 22:40.6 5:40 18 3 M 15-18
13 269 Skyler
Roper
M 22:42.5 5:41 16 4 M 15-18
14 294 Tyler
Chipman
M 22:46.0 5:42 16 5 M 15-18
15 268 David
Taylor
M 22:56.0 5:44 51 1 M 50-54
16 188 Alexander
Pachev
M 23:00.9 5:45 46 1 M 45-49
17 259 Tawny
Bybee
F 23:01.3 5:45 33 1 F Open
18 193 Joseph
Pachev
M 23:25.8 5:51 14 2 M 12-14
19 194 Jacob
Pachev
M 23:25.8 5:51 13 3 M 12-14
20 132 Christopher
Cutler
M 23:27.4 5:52 19 4 M 19-24


Overall turkey count was 10 - Benjamin (overall 3rd), Dad, Jenny, William, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Bella (division wins), Leigha (youngest participant), and the whole family for the largest family.

Individual race reports:

Dad: 23:00 Figured it would be good if I could run 23:00. Remembered that I had wheeled the course earlier, and wrote a program that calculated the splits by landmarks for any particular target. Used it to calculate the splits, and tried to follow them precisely. Ran all of the race with Tawny Bybee, ended up about half a second ahead of her at the finish. Joseph and Jacob ran with us for the first 1.5 or so, then dropped back, but ended up not too far behind. Almost caught David Taylor at the end, he was 4 seconds ahead with 22:56. I was happy with my effort and result. What is funny is that last year my watch time was 23:00, but my official time was 22:59. This year it was the other way around.

Mom: 35:36, 40th woman, 6th in 40-44. She was affected by poor traction in the last mile. Quite a bit better than last year, though, went it took her about that long to walk half the distance after a C-section.

Benjamin: 20:38, 3rd overall. His course PR is 20:14, I gave him splits for 20:00. But apparently he is still not recovered from the marathon. He had an OK first mile, and then started losing it. Still, he ran a respectable time, and held on to third in a competitive field.

Jenny - 26:15, 6th overall woman, 1st in 19-24. This is her course PR. Rather unexpected because she has had a rough year with her side, shin splints, and rough course load.

Julia - ...
Leg 1:Distance1.350Time11:12.70Pace8:18.30
Warm-up with Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance5.402Time35:36.00Pace6:35.41
My race + going back to Sarah.
Split 1:Distance0.463Time2:40.90Pace5:47.52
Cumilative:Distance0.463Time2:40.90Pace5:47.52
Target 2:41.
Split 2:Distance0.492Time2:53.20Pace5:52.03
Cumilative:Distance0.955Time5:34.10Pace5:49.84
Target 2:52 (5:33).
Split 3:Distance0.485Time2:48.80Pace5:48.04
Cumilative:Distance1.440Time8:22.90Pace5:49.24
Target 2:49 (8:22).
Split 4:Distance0.499Time2:51.10Pace5:42.89
Cumilative:Distance1.939Time11:14.00Pace5:47.60
Target 2:55 (11:17).
Split 5:Distance0.484Time2:49.50Pace5:50.21
Cumilative:Distance2.423Time14:03.50Pace5:48.12
Target 2:49 (14:06).
Split 6:Distance0.492Time2:56.80Pace5:59.35
Cumilative:Distance2.915Time17:00.30Pace5:50.02
Target 2:51 (16:57)
Split 7:Distance0.485Time2:48.10Pace5:46.60
Cumilative:Distance3.400Time19:48.40Pace5:49.53
Target 2:50 (19:47).
Split 8:Distance0.552Time3:11.30Pace5:46.56
Cumilative:Distance3.952Time22:59.70Pace5:49.11
Target 3:13 (23:00).
Split 9:Distance1.450Time12:36.30Pace8:41.59
Cumilative:Distance5.402Time35:36.00Pace6:35.41
Leg 3:Distance0.248Time2:50.00Pace11:25.48
Bella's 400.
Leg 4:Distance0.496Time4:09.60Pace8:23.23
Mary's 800.
Leg 5:Distance0.970Time6:39.10Pace6:51.44
Stephen's "mile".
Leg 6:Distance5.000Time38:19.40Pace7:39.88
More distance with Benjamin in the afternoon.

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