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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: 73.52 Year: 3324.75
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1168.62
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
76.000.000.004.0080.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 80.00
Night Sleep Time: 53.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 53.00
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Day of rest. Went to church. Had talks on something that does not quite sound like a religious topic - time management. But it recently has become a spiritual matter. There are a lot of good things you can do. So many that it becomes easy to forget to do the things of the greatest spiritual value.

The lesson in Sunday school was on the life after Christ's return to the Earth. The lesson in the Elder's Quorum was on missionary work.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A.M. Ran with Mike then with the kids. Total of 12. Benjamin did 3, Jenny and Julia 2, Jacob 0.5, Joseph 1.

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
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A.M. Ran with Mike then with the kids. Total of 12. Benjamin - 3, Jenny and Julia - 2, Jacob - 0.5, Joseph 1.

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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

A,M, Ran with Mike, total of 10. Jenny and Julia ran 2, Benjamin and Joseph did 1. Jacob did 0.5.

P.M. 2 with Benjamin.

Gold Crocs 1 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
11.500.000.000.5012.00

A.M. 12 total, some with Mike, some with the kids. Did 0.5 pickup in 2:37, felt happy with how it felt. Benjamin did 3, Jenny and Julia 2, Joseph 1, and Jacob 0.5.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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A.M. 12 total, some with Mike some with the kids. Benjamin - 3, Jenny and Julia - 2, Joseph 1, and Jacob 0.25.

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
16.500.000.003.5020.00

A.M. Long run with Mike. Kids joined for a part of it  at the start - Jenny and Julia did 2, Jacob did 0.5, and Joseph ran 1. Then Mike and I did a 2.5 tempo. The target was 5:20 to failure. It was an odd run. We made it to the mile on the dot, then for the next mile it seemed like we were going fast, but we kept hitting 82-83 quarters, and ended up with 5:31. It felt easy, but not easy enough to pass Mike and run the right pace. Then we recovered a bit in the last 0.5 and finished the tempo in 13:32 (2:41 for the last 0.5). After some jogging we ran a mile in 5:21. Again we were off pace for the first three quarters, then made up all except 1 second at the end with a 77 quarter.

The pattern seems to be that 5:28 still feels good, but then there is a wall somewhere before 5:20 and it really does not feel good in that range.

We ran the last 3 miles with Benjamin, and about 0.8 of that with the BYU team at 6:40 pace. It was a good confidence builder for Benjamin to feel like he can run with the big boys even though he is only 11 years old.

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
76.000.000.004.0080.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 80.00
Night Sleep Time: 53.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 53.00
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