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.
Ran 4 with Jenny in the AM, then later with most of the rest of the kids. Did 2 mile tempo with Jacob down the canyon. He got 10:59.9. I was a step behind with 11:00.3. This is his PR for the course. We started out fast - 5:23 first mile, then both of us started feeling it, and we ran a quarter in 86. The next one would have been faster, but I had an incident with my watch falling off, which cost me a couple of seconds, plus lost rhythm. I caught up in about a quarter, but in the meantime, Jacob running alone did another 86. Once I caught up the pace increased, and we ran the last quarter in 81. He had a bit more juice in the last 50 meters. Good result for both of us. Other kids ran their usual distances.
William wanted to do a 3000 time trial on the track, we tried, it was going nowhere because of the combination of the wind and William's attitude about it. Joseph and Jacob helped me pace him. Then did more distance alone, did a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 11:36.
William ran a PR for 2 miles down the canyon in 11:51.6 (5:57, 5:54). Joseph and Jacob helped pace him. They sped up at the end and got 11:47. Bonnie ran 12:36 with the first mile in 6:00. Usual distance for everybody.
Stomach bug day for me. Dragged myself through 8 miles in the AM with Joseph, part with Jacob, Matthew, Bonnie, William, and Stephen could not go any further. Could not eat. Lay, rested, felt good enough to drink and eat some crackers. Felt strong enough to run 8 more in the afternoon. That run went much better. Was able to do a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 11:36 (5:51, 5:45). Felt low on fuel at higher speeds as expected, but was able to push through it. I would much rather be low on fuel than have a stomach problem.
Jacob did only 5 day - stomach bug as well, other kids normal Saturday distances.
With Joseph and Matthew.
With Joseph, Bonnie, and William - part with Jacob and Stephen.