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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: 140.21 Year: 1796.64
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 694.13
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.210.003.000.0075.21
White Crocs 2 Miles: 75.21
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest of sorts. Stephen, Julia, and Mary were sick, so Sarah stayed home with them. I went to the Sacrament meeting with the healthy kids, then left Benjamin and Jenny in charge, and came home to help Sarah.

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

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-14 08:40:49
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:54.20Pace7:59.52
12 total. Benjamin did 8, Jenny 2, Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 1, William 1, Stephen 0.5, Matthew 200 meters. Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen got hit with coughs, William looked like he was getting something, but did not get anything noticeable. Lots of snow today, so slow pace, but I was able to speed up towards the end as it melted some.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time33:23.00Pace8:20.75
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:10.50Pace8:10.50
With Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time9:16.60Pace9:16.60
With William and Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance6.000Time45:04.10Pace7:30.68
With Benjamin and Jenny for the first 1 mile, then they turned around.

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
12.040.000.000.0012.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-15 08:39:48
Workout Totals: Distance12.040Time1:37:19.00Pace8:04.97
Another illness/stress recovery/management day. Kids are getting better, though. Total of 12 for me. Benjamin did 8, Jenny 4, I think, Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 2, William 1, Stephen 1, Matthew 200 meters.
Leg 1:Distance5.000Time38:48.60Pace7:45.72
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time24:41.30Pace8:13.77
With Benjamin and Jenny.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time9:56.00Pace9:56.00
With Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:24.10Pace8:24.10
With William.
Leg 5:Distance2.040Time15:29.00Pace7:35.39
Alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.120.000.000.0012.12

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-16 09:15:06
Workout Totals: Distance12.120Time1:40:40.40Pace8:18.38
Slippery in the morning, but was OK in the afternoon. I did the first 8 in the morning, and then 4 more later. Benjamin did 8, other kids were still in the recovery mode, still not yet at full mileage except for Stephen and Matthew. Sarah turned 40 today, now in the master's division. What is remarkable is that after giving birth to nine children she is more fit than when we got married, and near her life-time best. And, of course, she fits into her wedding dress.
Leg 1:Distance8.120Time1:09:00.80Pace8:29.95
With Benjamin
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:39.60Pace7:54.90
Alone for the first 3, then the last mile with Sarah.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.12
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-17 09:58:20
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:20.30Pace8:06.69
Total of 12. Benjamin did 8, Jenny 5, Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 3, William 2, Stephen 1, Matthew 200 meters.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:05:17.20Pace8:09.65
With Benjamin. I think Jenny ran the first 1.5 with us.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time24:22.80Pace8:07.60
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:40.30Pace7:40.30
Alone.

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
10.550.001.500.0012.05

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-18 09:34:17
Workout Totals: Distance12.050Time1:33:55.10Pace7:47.64
Kids are getting back to their regular distances. I still kept Benjamin on the lower mileage, though, but we did a pickup today for 1.5 at 5:50 pace. Total of 12 for me.
Leg 1:Distance8.000Time1:01:31.50Pace7:41.44
With Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance5.500Time44:15.70Pace8:02.85
Cumilative:Distance5.500Time44:15.70Pace8:02.85
Distance.
Split 2:Distance1.500Time8:44.10Pace5:49.40
Cumilative:Distance7.000Time52:59.80Pace7:34.26
Pickup.
Split 3:Distance1.000Time8:31.70Pace8:31.70
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time1:01:31.50Pace7:41.44
Cool-down.
 
Leg 2:Distance3.050Time25:28.00Pace8:20.98
With Julia. Joseph and Jacob ran the first 2 - they had run 2 earlier.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time6:55.60Pace6:55.60
Alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.05
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.500.001.500.0015.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-12-19 09:12:36
Workout Totals: Distance15.000Time2:00:52.50Pace8:03.50
Almost out of the woods. I did a total of 15. Benjamin did 12, Jenny 5.4, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 4, William 3, Stephen 1, Matthew 200 meters. Benjamin and I did the same 1.5 pickup at 5:42 pace.
Leg 1:Distance5.700Time43:27.20Pace7:37.40
With Benjamin and Jenny. We ran ahead on the pickup, then turned around and came back to meet her.
Split 1:Distance2.900Time24:16.50Pace8:22.24
Cumilative:Distance2.900Time24:16.50Pace8:22.24
Warm-up.
Split 2:Distance1.500Time8:33.90Pace5:42.60
Cumilative:Distance4.400Time32:50.40Pace7:27.82
Pickup.
Split 3:Distance1.300Time10:36.80Pace8:09.85
Cumilative:Distance5.700Time43:27.20Pace7:37.40
Back to the house.
 
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:42.60Pace7:55.65
With Benjamin, Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time9:00.90Pace9:00.90
With Benjamin and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time26:32.00Pace8:50.67
With William.
Leg 5:Distance1.300Time10:09.80Pace7:49.08
Alone.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.210.003.000.0075.21
White Crocs 2 Miles: 75.21
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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