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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: 78.87 Year: 3004.53
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: 22.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
70.600.000.000.7571.35
White Crocs 2 Miles: 71.35
Night Sleep Time: 17.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 18.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.040.000.000.0012.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-07 07:58:32
Workout Totals: Distance12.040Time1:39:35.30Pace8:16.29
Matthew got a cough and Joseph had a sore throat so I put the kids on reduced mileage to allow their immune system to do its job. Joseph and Jacob did 2, Jenny 4, Julia 2, William 1, Stephen 1. Matthew was too sick to run.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:05:06.20Pace8:08.27
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time16:54.30Pace8:17.21
With Jenny, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time9:04.60Pace9:04.60
With Jenny, and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:30.20Pace8:30.20
With Jenny and William.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.04
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.040.000.000.008.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-08 10:47:53
Workout Totals: Distance8.040Time1:03:33.80Pace7:54.35
Had a hard night with Matthew's cough. So today was reduced mileage for everybody including myself. The exceptions oddly were Stephen and Matthew. I figured it would be OK for Stephen to run his full mile - somehow cutting it to 0.5 did not feel right. Additionally Matthew insisted on going for a run, so I took him, and in spite of his cough he was able to run - a bit slower than normal, but steady and strong.

I only ran 8 miles. Benjamin ran to school and back (total of 7.5 miles). Jenny did 4, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob 2, William and Stephen 1, Matthew 200 meters.
Leg 1:Distance2.040Time16:13.00Pace7:56.96
With Jenny, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time9:11.40Pace9:11.40
With Jenny and Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:17.10Pace8:17.10
With Jenny and William.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time29:52.30Pace7:28.07
Alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 8.04
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-09 08:25:43
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:15.70Pace7:56.31
Total of 12. Joseph and Jacob seemed to be OK, so I had them try 4 today.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:04:28.50Pace8:03.56
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time30:47.20Pace7:41.80
With Joseph and Jacob.

White Crocs 2 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
12.160.000.000.0012.16

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-10 08:44:37
Workout Totals: Distance12.165Time1:38:14.70Pace8:04.56
Continuation of emergency mode, trying to keep the kids and the parents healthy. Reduced mileage/speed for everybody in different degrees. Benjamin did 8, Jenny 4 (I think), Julia, Joseph, and Jacob 2, William and Stephen 1, Matthew 200 meters.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:03:43.50Pace7:57.94
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time16:11.00Pace7:55.98
With Jenny, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time9:28.20Pace9:28.20
With Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:34.90Pace7:34.90
With William.
Leg 5:Distance0.125Time1:17.10Pace10:16.80
With Matthew.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.16
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.360.000.000.7512.11

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-11 09:05:36
Workout Totals: Distance12.105Time1:35:55.80Pace7:55.49
Do not remember much except that Benjamin and I did 3x0.25. Good thing Fast Running Friend remembered the times.
Leg 1:Distance6.925Time54:37.70Pace7:53.31
Did 3x0.25 down the canyon with Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance5.300Time43:16.00Pace8:09.81
Cumilative:Distance5.300Time43:16.00Pace8:09.81
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:13.90Pace4:55.60
Cumilative:Distance5.550Time44:29.90Pace8:01.06
Split 3:Distance0.500Time4:19.80Pace8:39.60
Cumilative:Distance6.050Time48:49.70Pace8:04.25
Split 4:Distance0.250Time1:17.50Pace5:10.00
Cumilative:Distance6.300Time50:07.20Pace7:57.33
Split 5:Distance0.375Time3:19.40Pace8:51.73
Cumilative:Distance6.675Time53:26.60Pace8:00.39
Split 6:Distance0.250Time1:11.10Pace4:44.40
Cumilative:Distance6.925Time54:37.70Pace7:53.31
 
Leg 2:Distance1.640Time13:16.50Pace8:05.67
Cool-down.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time16:20.40Pace8:00.59
With Joseph and Jacob (I think).
Leg 4:Distance1.500Time11:41.20Pace7:47.47
Alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.11
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.000.000.000.0015.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-12 10:43:07
Workout Totals: Distance15.000Time1:55:52.70Pace7:43.51
Total of 15. 10 in the morning, 5 at night. Crazy day, went to pick up a car in Huntington so Benjamin and Jenny could actually cash out on their earned driving privileges. Found a Ford Focus 2006 with 117K miles for $2200 - figured it was a good deal.

Kids were still on reduced mileage. Benjamin did 10, Jenny 4, Julia 2, Jacob 2, Joseph 3, William and Stephen 1, Matthew 200 meters.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:28.40Pace7:28.40
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time23:23.60Pace7:47.87
With Benjamin, Jenny, and Joseph. Julia and Jacob ran the first mile with us then turned around.
Leg 3:Distance6.000Time47:57.30Pace7:59.55
With Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance2.500Time17:37.20Pace7:02.88
To the pet store to get the guinea pig food.
Leg 5:Distance2.500Time19:26.20Pace7:46.48
Back from the pet store with the guinea pig food which slowed me down.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
70.600.000.000.7571.35
White Crocs 2 Miles: 71.35
Night Sleep Time: 17.50Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 18.50
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