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.
12 total. Pace William for 2 miles down in 11:34. Joseph and Jacob chased him with 60 second handicap. Jacob ran a PR of 10:37, Joseph almost got a PR with 10:42, but they did not quite catch William. Tailwind did help. Jacob's last mile was 5:09, Joseph's 5:14.
2 down the canyon with William - rabbit chase.
Part with the boys, part alone.
12 total, mostly easy runs, pickup with Stephen and Matthew for 0.25. Benjamin did 3x2 down the canyon - 9:59, 9:55, 9:18. There was strong tailwind. He had a hard time getting going, but once he got going, he moved.
With Joseph and Jacob, part with William.
With Stephen and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance2.110Time17:22.10Pace8:13.89ZoneEasy Miles Cumilative:Distance2.110Time17:22.10Pace8:13.89
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:19.70Pace5:18.80ZoneVO2 Max Miles Cumilative:Distance2.360Time18:41.80Pace7:55.34
Split 3:Distance1.640Time13:06.60Pace7:59.63ZoneEasy Miles Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:48.40Pace7:57.10
Total of 12. Joseph and William did the rabbit chase for 2 down the canyon. William had a minute head start. William ended up with 11:48, Joseph got 10:50, almost caught him. I paced William. Jacob did the first mile with William, then waited for Joseph, and then paced Joseph for the last mile, which was 5:19.
Stephen and Matthew did 4. William's total was 6. Joseph and Jacob did their usual 7. Benjamin did the usual 12 with a mile pickup.
Paced William for 2 down the canyon.
Distance, part with Benjamin, part with the boys, part alone.