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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 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.

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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 61.00 Year: 2277.53
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 640.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 450.37
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 1334.06
Amoji 1 Lifetime Miles: 732.60
Amoji 2 Lifetime Miles: 436.69
Amoji 3 Lifetime Miles: 380.67
Lopsie Sports Sandals Lifetime Miles: 818.02
Lopsie Sports Sandals 2 Lifetime Miles: 637.27
Iprome Garden Clogs Lifetime Miles: 346.18
Beslip Garden Clogs Lifetime Miles: 277.76
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-05 07:55:10
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:32:05.60Pace7:40.47
12 total. Still in Greensboro. Ran in 85 F with 70% humidity. Actually quite manageable if you hide in the shade. Here the shade seems to give you a lot more than in Utah. Found a nice trail near Brandt Lake. Listened to Ukrainian music.

Jacob and Matthew did 4, easy pace for Matthew, Jacob did a 4 minute pickup. Easy pace, usual distances for the kids at home.

Benjamin and Maddy are getting more serious, almost engaged. I told Benjamin they needed to get married before Oct 1 if he wanted to beat me. On Oct 1 he will be as old as I was when Sarah and I got married.
Leg 1:
Distance12.000Time1:32:05.60Pace7:40.47ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Matthew and Jacob, part alone.

Beslip Garden Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-04 06:41:28
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:19:58.40Pace7:59.84
12 total. Matthew raced in the AAU 1500. He ran 5:26.76 and missed his PR by 0.25. His splits:

58.277 (58.277) 2:24.909 (1:26.632) 3:55.057 (1:30.149)
5:26.760 (1:31.703)

22nd place. The conditions were 85F with 70% humidity.

Jacob did 8 miles. Usual distances, easy pace for the kids at home.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:19:58.40Pace7:59.84ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Jacob and Matthew, part alone.
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-04 20:53:03
Workout Totals: Distance2.000Time16:00.30Pace8:00.15
 
Leg 1:
Distance2.000Time16:00.30Pace8:00.15ZoneEasy Miles
WIth Matthew.

Beslip Garden Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-03 08:10:47
Workout Totals: Distance2.000Time15:56.00Pace7:58.00
12 total, 10 in Charlotte, NC, 2 more in the evening with Jacob in Greensboro, NC. Matthew tapering. Otherwise, usual distances, easy pace. Benjamin did a mile pickup in 5:00.
Leg 1:
Distance2.000Time15:56.00Pace7:58.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob and Matthew.
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-03 08:37:50
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:15:38.30Pace7:33.83
 
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:00:33.10Pace7:34.14ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Jacob, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time15:05.20Pace7:32.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob.

Beslip Garden Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.003.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-02 09:25:55
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:40:25.80Pace7:43.52
12 total. Did a 3 mile tempo down the canyon. Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob pulled me through the first 2 miles (5:50, 5:56), then sped up. I sped up as well (5:43) and got 17:29 - my fastest time of the year. Benjamin and Jacob closed in 5:00. Joseph went with them for about a quarter, then slowed down until I caught up, and finished with me.

5 miles for Matthew. Otherwise, easy runs, usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time8:17.40Pace8:27.55ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time17:29.20Pace5:49.73ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Tempo run.
Leg 3:
Distance2.020Time16:58.40Pace8:24.16ZoneEasy Miles
To the house
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time17:47.50Pace8:53.75ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella.
Leg 5:
Distance5.000Time39:53.30Pace7:58.66ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin.

Beslip Garden Clogs Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.000.001.7512.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-01 09:08:41
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:48.70Pace7:54.06
12 total. Paced Matthew through 0.75 on the ward 2 miler course in 4:16. Also did a mile pickup down the canyon in 5:48. Benjamin did it in 4:49 - he is back with us for a few weeks. Maybe longer if he gets engaged.

Otherwise, easy runs.
Leg 1:
Distance0.530Time4:13.10Pace7:57.55ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance0.750Time4:16.20Pace5:41.60ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Paced Matthew. We had Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, and I think William as well.
Leg 3:
Distance2.720Time22:05.70Pace8:07.39ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin, Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, and William (I think).
Leg 4:
Distance6.000Time46:01.80Pace7:40.30
With Benjamin, part with Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Split 1:Distance3.050Time24:07.30Pace7:54.52ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.050Time24:07.30Pace7:54.52
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:48.70Pace5:48.70ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time29:56.00Pace7:23.46
Split 3:Distance1.950Time16:05.80Pace8:15.28ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time46:01.80Pace7:40.30
 
Leg 5:
Distance2.000Time18:11.90Pace9:05.95ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella, part with Leigha

Beslip Garden Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. As usual, our ward, then the Russian branch. Got a new calling - Youth Sunday School teacher in the English ward. And in the Russian branch, just a couple of weeks ago I got a similar calling - Aaronic Priesthood Adviser. So I get to be with Joseph and Jacob a lot.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
56.250.000.004.7561.00
Beslip Garden Clogs Miles: 61.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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