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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew, and Mary.  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: 153.15 Year: 450.28
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 606.85
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Black Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 2604.35
Khaki Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1046.69
Camouflage Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 569.80
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
65.210.002.970.0068.18
Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 68.17
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. Went to church. We had only one meeting as it was Christmas.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.540.000.000.0010.54

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-12-26 08:42:29
Workout Totals: Distance10.540Time1:28:50.60Pace8:25.75
Lots of snow today. Usual distances for everybody. Slow pace most of the way. For the last 2 Benjamin and I got out on a better stretch and were able to run 7:20 pace.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time34:41.10Pace8:40.27
With Jacob and Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time34:31.70Pace8:37.92
With Joseph and Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time14:38.50Pace7:10.64
With Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time4:59.30Pace9:58.60
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.54
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-12-27 15:46:20
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:19:48.70Pace7:58.87
Benjamin and Jenny were visiting grandparents in SLC, ran on the oval. Jenny did her usual 6 miles, Benjamin ran 7 easy, then did 3x1.09 (4 laps) 5:31,5:31,5:29. 5:00 pace is 5:29.6 for 4 laps, so it was roughly 5:02, 5:02, 4:56.

At home we did our usual runs.
Leg 1:Distance0.500Time4:50.70Pace9:41.40
With Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time31:07.80Pace7:46.95
With Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time33:12.20Pace8:18.05
With Joseph.
Leg 4:Distance1.500Time10:38.00Pace7:05.33
Alone.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.040.000.000.0011.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-12-28 12:45:51
Workout Totals: Distance11.040Time1:28:41.00Pace8:01.97
Usual runs at home, Benjamin did 10 miles at the Olympic Oval, Jenny did the first 6 with him.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time33:01.00Pace8:15.25
With Joseph and Julia.
Leg 2:Distance4.000Time29:44.80Pace7:26.20
With Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:25.40Pace8:25.40
With William.
Leg 4:Distance2.040Time17:29.80Pace8:34.61
With William and Stephen.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 11.04
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.240.001.000.0010.24

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-12-29 11:38:47
Workout Totals: Distance10.240Time1:20:56.80Pace7:54.30
Usual runs for everybody, except did a mile with Jacob in 5:49 down the canyon on a less than ideal but still fast-runnable road.
Leg 1:Distance5.100Time39:25.90Pace7:43.90
With Jacob. Did a mile pickup in 5:49. There was a good amount of snow but we were able to get around it enough that we got fairly decent, though far from perfect traction.
Split 1:Distance2.550Time20:03.50Pace7:51.96
Cumilative:Distance2.550Time20:03.50Pace7:51.96
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:49.10Pace5:49.10
Cumilative:Distance3.550Time25:52.60Pace7:17.35
Split 3:Distance1.550Time13:33.30Pace8:44.71
Cumilative:Distance5.100Time39:25.90Pace7:43.90
 
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time6:58.50Pace6:58.50
With William.
Leg 3:Distance2.040Time17:46.40Pace8:42.75
With Stephen. William started with us, then had an attitude, fell back, but eventually made it home.
Leg 4:Distance0.600Time5:13.70Pace8:42.83
Ran back and found William.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time6:50.20Pace6:50.20
Alone.
Leg 6:Distance0.500Time4:42.10Pace9:24.20
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.24
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.850.001.970.0010.82

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-12-30 14:59:56
Workout Totals: Distance10.816Time1:25:06.60Pace7:52.13
Usual day except Benjamin and I did a tempo down the canyon that was supposed to be 2 miles. It ended up being around 1.97. The road was covered with snow and we miscalculated the location of the start. I did it in 11:05, he got 9:59.
Leg 1:Distance0.248Time2:28.90Pace10:00.40
400 with Matthew on the track - no hand holding.
Leg 2:Distance0.248Time2:23.90Pace9:40.24
One more try with Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time24:02.70Pace8:00.90
With Jacob and Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance3.800Time30:23.60Pace7:59.89
With Benjamin to the canyon.
Leg 5:Distance1.970Time11:05.00Pace5:37.56
A little bit less than 2 tempo down the canyon - our mark was covered with snow and we miscalculated the location of the start.
Leg 6:Distance1.550Time14:42.50Pace9:29.35
Back to the house.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 10.81
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.540.000.000.0015.54

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-12-31 12:03:34
Workout Totals: Distance15.540Time2:02:53.30Pace7:54.47
15.5 for me, 15 for Benjamin, usual Saturday runs for the younger kids. Snow on the roads, but not too bad.
Leg 1:Distance2.040Time18:12.80Pace8:55.69
With Benjamin, Jacob, and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time22:55.50Pace7:38.50
With Benjamin and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance10.000Time1:16:58.00Pace7:41.80
With Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time4:47.00Pace9:34.00
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 15.54
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
65.210.002.970.0068.18
Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 68.17
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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