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July 18, 2024

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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


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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-07-03 08:59:31
Workout Totals: Distance12.046Time1:39:16.00Pace8:14.44
12 total. Track workout day. I could not pace Matthew due to my hamstring problem and also because he is now too fast for me, but I was able to pace Mary and Bella.

Matthew did an 800 in 2:43 due to confusion - was supposed to be 1000. Then he did a 1000 in 3:34, and after about a minute of rest, 400 in 76.

Bella did 600 in 2:25. Mary started with her, but then fell off after a lap. So I gave her a motivational talk and she tried again. With proper focus she was able to run 2:23.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time8:03.40Pace8:03.40ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up with Matthew.
Leg 2:
Matthew's first interval
Split 1:Distance0.070Time0:38.70Pace9:12.86ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance0.070Time0:41.60Pace9:54.29ZoneEasy Miles
Split 3:Distance0.070Time0:41.50Pace9:52.86ZoneEasy Miles
Split 4:Distance0.070Time0:41.80Pace9:57.14ZoneEasy Miles
Split 5:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 3:
Distance0.500Time4:18.80Pace8:37.60ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery jog.
Leg 4:
Matthew's 1000.
Split 1:Distance0.070Time0:39.20Pace9:20.00ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance0.070Time0:42.00Pace10:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Split 3:Distance0.070Time0:44.40Pace10:34.29ZoneEasy Miles
Split 4:Distance0.070Time0:44.90Pace10:41.43ZoneEasy Miles
Split 5:Distance0.070Time0:44.40Pace10:34.29ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 5:
Matthew's 400.
Split 1:Distance0.070Time0:37.60Pace8:57.14ZoneEasy Miles
Split 2:Distance0.070Time0:39.20Pace9:20.00ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 6:
Distance2.180Time18:07.00Pace8:18.62ZoneEasy Miles
More distance with Matthew.
Leg 7:
Distance5.500Time43:33.70Pace7:55.22ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 8:
Distance0.500Time5:07.10Pace10:14.20ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up with Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 9:
Distance0.373Time2:25.50Pace6:30.08ZoneThreshold Miles
Bella's 600.
Leg 10:
Distance0.125Time1:08.40Pace9:07.20ZoneEasy Miles
A jog with Mary.
Leg 11:
Distance0.373Time2:23.80Pace6:25.52ZoneThreshold Miles
Mary's 600.
Leg 12:
Distance0.125Time0:58.50Pace7:48.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary.
Leg 13:
Distance0.600Time5:34.50Pace9:17.50ZoneEasy Miles
To the car with Mary, Bella, and Leigha.

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