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.
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.
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.
With Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin.
With William and Benjamin.
With Benjamin and Jenny for the first 1 mile, then they turned around.
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.
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.
Alone for the first 3, then the last mile with Sarah.