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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:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 103.30 Year: 1747.58
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 2191.97
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 595.71
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-06-07 07:45:03
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
16.500 2:14:24.20 8:08.74
Long run today. Cut it short to 16.5 for two reasons - I have not been sleeping well due to work projects and William being sick, and I want to be fresh somewhat for the UVM Half next week. So I took it relatively easy. Benjamin did the 3 mile run down the canyon on our usual course with the goal to last at 5:00 pace for as long as possible. He made it to 1.25 then started fading and finished in 15:34. Details below. Benjamin did 12, Jenny 4, Julia 3, Joseph and Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 25:55.50. 8:38.50 With Joseph and Jacob.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 25:55.50 8:38.50  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
5.5 45:45.00. 8:19.09 Warm-up with Benjamin.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 5.500 45:45.00 8:19.09  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 16:54.20. 5:38.07 The 3 mile workout. I ran the first mile with Benjamin, then jogged half a mile, and ran a tempo for the last 1.5. I was happy with the time I got for the whole thing with this kind of pacing. Benjamin got 15:34 with the splits of 5:00, 5:14, 5:20. Essentially he ran 5:00 pace to failure, then coasted at 5:20. He said he felt very good in the first mile, like the pace was sustainable, but then lost his strength. May have something to do with the warm temperatures - it did not bother me, but he is more sensitive to the heat.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 5:00.60 5:00.60 Kept up with Benjamin. Happy I can still run 5:00 even if it is down a small grade.
2 0.500 3:28.80 6:57.60 Good recovery - 5:00 pace did not completely kill me, I naturally ran sub-7:00 immediately afterwards.
3 1.500 8:24.80 5:36.53 I thought 5:50 would be good, but I felt stronger than that and was able to run sub-5:40 without killing myself. That is a good sign.
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
3.5 31:07.30. 8:53.51 With Benjamin to the car at Bridal Veil Falls. Sarah drove it there and left it so she would not have to run the hills. She is due in 3 months, so running hills is becoming too hard for her. The car was unlocked and still had several 50 lb bags of oats I picked up the day before but had not gotten around to unloading. I said - if somebody steals them, they must really be in need. Then it occurred to me that most of the stuff we own a thief that is worth his salt (if there is such a thing) would not want to steal.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.500 31:07.30 8:53.51  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:20.60. 10:41.20 With Stephen.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:20.60 10:41.20  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9:21.60. 9:21.60 With William.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 9:21.60 9:21.60  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 16.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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