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.
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.
...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.
Somehow ended up with 15 miles total. Did a 2 mile tempo with Jacob in 11:08.8 (5:38, 5:30) down the canyon. He outkicked me at the end and got 11:08.1 which is a small PR. Joseph made it to the first mile - sort of. He says he was in contact when he stopped, but I did not think he was. Bonnie made it to 0.5, William I think to about 0.75.
Also did a mile in 5:49 afterwards for more tempo distance for the day. More or less usual distances for the kids.
Total of 13. Usual distances for the kids. Did a mile pickup with Joseph and Jacob. Bonnie did about 0.5 of it. Joseph was struggling today - I slowed the pace down, but he could not do it. A good portion of it was bad attitude.
Usual runs with the kids, except William was in a hurry to get to a party, and ran 6 miles in 40:34 on an out and back course with hills, averaging 6:45 per mile. He sure has a lot of juice when he is in the mood, the problem is catching him in the mood.
Total of 17 today. 16 with Chad. We did 2 miles down the canyon. Part was a bit slippery, and it was around 30 F - we wore pants. I was OK when we were doing 83s, and even 82s, but as soon as we hit 81 it knocked me out, and then I struggled for the rest of it. Splits 5:30, 5:33. Chad ran 77 high for the last quarter and ended up with 10:58, 5:28 last mile.
Usual Saturday distances for the kids with the exception of Joseph who did only 3 miles recovering from the stomach disorder.