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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



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.


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


Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 174.01 Year: 2778.53
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 1334.06
Amoji 1 Lifetime Miles: 130.19
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2021-09-16 08:45:40
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:28.80Pace7:57.40
12 total. Did 0.5 fast uphill with William and Matthew again. Jacob did it also. Jacob got 2:30, William 2:59, Matthew 3:01. It is a record for all three.

Benjamin got the second shot of the vaccine today, so only 9 in the morning, no evening run.
Leg 1:
With Jacob, Matthew, William, and Stephen(part).
Split 1:Distance3.500Time28:40.10Pace8:11.46ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance0.500Time3:01.70Pace6:03.40ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Leg 2:
Distance8.000Time1:03:47.00Pace7:58.38ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph and Jacob(part).

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2021-09-15 08:32:00
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:30:44.50Pace7:33.71
12 total. Did 0.5 up the hill fast in 3:09 with William, Joseph, and Matthew. After getting beat by a girl (Oakley Rohatinksy) yesterday, he was a lot more motivated to run fast today.

I think Benjamin ran easy 9+3.
Leg 1:
With Joseph, William, Stephen(part), and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance3.500Time27:47.40Pace7:56.40ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance0.500Time3:09.60Pace6:19.20ZoneThreshold Miles
Leg 2:
Distance8.000Time59:47.50Pace7:28.44ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2021-09-14 08:51:12
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:16.80Pace7:46.40
12 total. Did a mile pickup with Joseph in 5:52 down the canyon.

In the evening the kids ran in the Roadrunners cross-country meet at the Kiwani's Park. The distance was 2K. Times:

Jacob 6:52
Matthew 8:08
William 8:20
Stephen 8:45
Mary 11:15
Bella 11:53

I think Benjamin did 10x400 in the 64-66 range on the road alternating directions with 1 min recovery.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time31:58.80Pace7:59.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob, part with William, and Stephen.
Leg 2:
With Joseph.
Split 1:Distance4.050Time31:49.30Pace7:51.43ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:52.80Pace5:52.80ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Split 3:Distance2.950Time23:35.90Pace7:59.97ZoneEasy Miles

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2021-09-13 08:50:19
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:36.80Pace7:53.07
12 total. Did a mile pickup down he canyon at the very end in 5:46 with Jacob. Otherwise, easy runs.

Benjamin did the usual 9+3 with 1 K pickup.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time31:27.30Pace7:51.82ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph, Jacob, William, and Matthew, part with Stephen.
Leg 2:
With Jacob, part with Joseph.
Split 1:Distance6.770Time55:19.00Pace8:10.25ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:46.00Pace5:46.00ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Split 3:Distance0.230Time2:04.50Pace9:01.30ZoneEasy Miles

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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