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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
67.905.500.000.0073.40
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.300.500.000.0011.80

My cell phone "seranaded" me out of bed at 4:45 am to run with Ted. He was coming from BYU, and this time I missed him again - there are two ways to get to my house from the trail, I took one, he took the other. I found him eventually. Could not break 8:00 for the first two miles. Could not get HR to go above 111 either. When I found Ted, he was going at a super-sonic speed for me at that time - 6:50. I reluctantly sped up. We eventually wound it up to 6:30 or so. At that point, I decided the only way for me to survive is to pick it up to sub-6:00. Then my mind would go into race mode, and I'd be able to handle the pace. So I did. That made things better in a way.

Dropped Ted off at BYU and trotted back to the trail. Noticed I was right on pace with the 7:30 guy. But I did not feel like staying with him. So I let him go. Then on the last mile I decided to catch him, and finished 10 miles in 1:14:37. Even with all of the accelerations to catch all kinds of guys the average HR was 119. Probably the sleepiest run in the last 3 months.

Ran with the kids in the afternoon.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.700.000.000.0012.70

Ran with Ted in the morning. 10.04 in 1:09:14. Chatted the first half, then turned around and got down to business.

Ran with the kids in the afternoon.

The power supply on my desktop caught on fire. Fortnately, I was able to unplug it fast enough to avoid a real fire in the house. Time for a new system. Fortunately, I did not lose the hard drive.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.604.000.000.0012.60

Ran with the kids. Then with Ted. Did not have much time. We ran 10.04 in 1:03:02 with a pickup of 2.5 in 14:41 on the trail going towards the lake. On the way back, decided to go brisk and steady, ran 5 miles in 31:00. HR was 142 at 6:10 pace, 146 at 6:00 pace, 149 at 5:50.

Got a new motherboard, case, CPU, and RAM. Took a while to put everything together, my hands are clumsy.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.200.500.000.0012.70

Easy run with Ted at 5:30 in the morning. Did 10.04 in 1:15:00. First 4 miles in hybernation mode - the pace progressed from 9:00 to 7:30, but HR did not once go over 120. Talk about being asleep. Then woke up a bit, and started chasing the 7:30 guy. Had to pick up to marathon race pace on the last 0.5 to catch him.

Ran with the kids in the evening.

Spent a good portion of the day overcoming the challenges of setting up a new computer. My on-board video on the new motherboard does not work with X.org 7.1, and it would not cleanly or at all take any other card that I have (no AGP slot does not help). So my choices are return the motherboard and get a different one, or help the development of the driver. I think I'll do the latter, it is more rewarding in a number of ways. I've always wanted to learn how to write drivers.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.800.000.000.0011.80

Ran with Ted and ROTC Army cadet Shahay at 5:30 AM. Met them on the trail. Did not miss them this time. Had the hybernation issue again for the first 4 miles. When I met them, their pace (7:20) felt fast, although my HR stayed around 114. That is probably why it felt fast - in order for me to feel good at 7:20 I need the HR to be at least 122-124. Once I was out of hybernation, HR was 125 at 7:00-7:10 pace, and it felt very comfortable.

Ended up with 10.08 in 1:13:19 with the average HR of 118. Ran with the kids in the evening.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.300.500.000.0011.80

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to run through the snow ten miles today!

Ran with Ted 10.04 miles through the snow in 1:12:51. It was not as bad as snow can get. We estimated based on my HR readings that we lost only 30 seconds per mile. Provo City normally plows the trail, but not on a weekend. And we lucked out with the snow storm hitting Saturday morning.

Ran with the kids in the evening. It was hard for them as the roads became slick.

The Logan version of Jingle Bells should say "..through the snow ten mile A DAY!" And yet I remember seeing a picture of Logan during the winter while I was still in Moscow, and I wished to be in Logan. The picture had a plowed street with no snow cover and it looked like you could actually get decent traction.

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67.905.500.000.0073.40
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