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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, and Bella. 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.
Another crazy day. Total of 12. Lots of snow and slush. Mary threw up, then Matthew and Stephen. Mary stayed up most of the night. Sarah and I took turns. I finally got her to calm down with the help of a Russian cartoon Nu Pogodi which she watched happily for two hours. Matthew did not run. Stephen ran 1 mile earlier. William did 2, Jenny 5, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 4, Benjamin 10. I retired my old Crocs after the first 8 miles, and ran the remaining 4 in new ones.
Another crazy day. Lots of snow. Plowed the trail. ATV ran out of gas. I went to Costco to get gas. Forgot the wallet. Came back, got the wallet, got gas, got the ATV to run. Kids are recovering from being sick. Stephen and Matthew did not run today, Benjamin did 10, Jenny 5, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 3, William 2. I somehow managed to get in 12.
With Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin.
With Benjamin. Jenny and William joined us for the first mile.
Merry Christmas to all! You can see that it was indeed white as evidenced by our slow pace today. I plowed the snow before we went but there was only so much I could do. We were able to run our usual distances, though, except for Julia who ran only 3. Benjamin in the spirit of Christmas and Matthew 5:41 "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain", ran one more mile than he was supposed to and ended up with 11.