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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: 60.05 Year: 1638.67
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: 488.26
Joybees 1 Lifetime Miles: 1035.60
Madctoc Clogs Lifetime Miles: 698.29
Blue Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1164.32
Kimisant Black Clogs Lifetime Miles: 720.62
Black Crocs 2023 Lifetime Miles: 1312.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
94.500.009.000.00103.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-04-01 17:09:09
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:22:45.80Pace8:16.58
10 total, easy pace. Another busy day.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time9:54.80Pace9:54.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha, Mary, and Bella.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time9:04.20Pace9:04.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.
Leg 3:
Distance3.000Time24:48.00Pace8:16.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen and Matthew, if I remember right. Maybe we had William as well.
Leg 4:
Distance5.000Time38:58.80Pace7:47.76ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.003.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-04-02 10:21:15
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:52.00Pace7:49.33
11 total. Do not remember much of what happened today except that I did a 3 mile tempo down the canyon in 17:58.
Leg 1:
Distance1.980Time16:48.40Pace8:29.29ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time17:58.40Pace5:59.47ZoneThreshold Miles
Leg 3:
Distance2.020Time19:06.80Pace9:27.72ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 4:
Distance4.000Time31:52.30Pace7:58.07ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time8:06.10Pace8:06.10ZoneEasy Miles

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.003.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-04-23 08:45:36
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:49.10Pace7:49.09
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time8:25.90Pace8:36.22ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time18:25.90Pace6:08.63ZoneThreshold Miles
Leg 3:
Distance6.020Time51:10.60Pace8:30.07ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time15:46.70Pace7:53.35ZoneEasy Miles

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 - 2024-04-24 08:32:48
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:12.80Pace7:56.07
12 total, easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance5.000Time38:58.50Pace7:47.70ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance5.000Time38:39.70Pace7:43.94ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time9:34.70Pace9:34.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time7:59.90Pace7:59.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella, I think.

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 - 2024-04-25 08:57:03
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:01.80Pace8:05.15
12 total, easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance5.000Time39:47.50Pace7:57.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew and maybe other kids.
Leg 2:
Distance5.000Time39:34.60Pace7:54.92
Alone.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance5.000Time39:34.60Pace7:54.92ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time39:34.60Pace7:54.92
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time17:39.70Pace8:49.85ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

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 - 2024-04-26 08:09:06
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:33.40Pace7:57.78
12 total. Easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time7:54.60Pace7:54.60ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance9.000Time1:11:34.90Pace7:57.21ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time16:03.90Pace8:01.95ZoneEasy Miles

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.000.009.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-04-27 06:46:51
Workout Totals: Distance9.500Time1:13:28.50Pace7:44.05
Busy day, 9.5 total if I remember right.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time59:56.30Pace7:29.54ZoneEasy Miles
Maybe I ran this with Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance1.500Time13:32.20Pace9:01.47
With Bella if I remember right.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance1.500Time13:32.20Pace9:01.47ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.500Time13:32.20Pace9:01.47

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 - 2024-04-29 08:18:40
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:28.50Pace7:52.38
12 total. Easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:18:59.60Pace7:53.96ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time15:28.90Pace7:44.45ZoneEasy Miles

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.003.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-04-30 09:02:13
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:31:42.90Pace7:38.57
12 total. 3 mile tempo run with Matthew down the canyon in 18:49. He struggled today.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time7:55.20Pace8:04.90ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time18:49.30Pace6:16.43ZoneThreshold Miles
Tempo run with Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance8.020Time1:04:58.40Pace8:06.08
Distance.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.10Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time0:00.10Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance8.020Time1:04:58.30Pace8:06.07ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance8.020Time1:04:58.40Pace8:06.08

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
94.500.009.000.00103.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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