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.
400 time trials for the kids today. I paced Matthew to 82.3 PR. He opened in 19, then ran 20, 21, 22. Julia did 84.5. Stephen ran a PR of 77.9, splits 19, 18, 20, 20. Then Benjamin paced Joseph and Jacob. Jacob ran a PR of 64.5, splits 30.8, 33.7. Joseph kept up for the first 100, then more or less gave up and finished in 67.9.
Total of 12 for me and Benjamin, usual distances more or less for the kids.
Joseph and Jacob's 400 - ran across the field to give them splits.
Benjamin and I did a total of around 15 with him doing 3x2 miles and me doing 3x1 mile down the canyon. I did mine in 5:21, 5:22, 5:17. Benjamin's target was 5:20 pace for the first 1.5 then 70, and as fast as he could for the last 0.25. On the first one he ran 10:19 for 2 miles with the last two quarters in 71, 66. On the second one he ran exactly the same splits. On the third one he ran 69,63 for the last two quarters and a total time of 10:08.
Matthew had a sore throat, ran only 1 mile. Otherwise usual distances for everybody.
Normal runs more or less, total of 12, except we did some pickups in the middle. I realized that for all of our family members 400 speed correlates very well with the performance in all distances - actually almost perfectly. For example, multiplying historical all out 400 performances for our family members by 4.78 is giving me best mile performance around that time within 3 seconds almost in every single case. My take on this is - in order to run fast for a long time, you need to know how to run on a basic level of form, power, coordination, etc. If you know how to run, but lack the endurance, you will of course have a problem, but if you do not know how to run you will not achieve much in longer distances without learning how to run somehow no matter how capable you are on the aerobic and energy level. So you need to do something to learn how to run, and I figured we could spice up our base runs with some pickups in the middle and towards the end to recruit midgrade fibers and practice running technique specific to higher speeds.
Regular distances for everybody except Matthew who ran only 1 mile.
Total of 14. Some with Chad, Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, William, and Stephen. Did a couple of pickups - 0.5 in 2:35 (Chad and Benjamin 2:34, Jacob 2:36) with a progressive increase of pace. Then 0.155 uphill in 50.1 (Jacob 52). Also 0.155 uphill with William in 55.1.