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Haunted Half Provo

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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: 206.85 Year: 1851.13
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: 790.51
Race: Haunted Half Provo (13.109 Miles) 01:19:54, Place overall: 10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-10-31 07:29:25
Workout Totals: Distance16.761Time1:50:25.40Pace6:35.29
Haunted Half, 1:19:54, 10th overall, 2nd master.

Benjamin - 1:07:08, PR, 2nd place, as far as I know, new unofficial world record in Crocs.

The course for the half and the 5 K was accurate this time, Jacob and I measured it with the Jones' counter.

5 K

Jacob - 17:29 (loop course PR), 4th place
William - 19:35
Stephen 22:32
Matthew 22:32

Benjamin had a great race. He had a minute on Jake Heslington after the first 6 miles. I am guessing Jake had not run a half before and was being overly cautious in the early miles. But then he started running 4:40s and caught Benjamin at around 10.5, then built a 32 second lead on him - even though though Benjamin was maintaining 5:15 on the flat parts of the course.

As far as my race goes, something happened to me over the last year or so, and I lost my half endurance. I can run OK for about 6 miles, and I feel well within myself, but then something happens - it feels like the heart just cannot pump that hard for that long. Legs feel fine, breathing is fine too, but faster pace for some odd reason makes me feel like I am about to throw up and is not sustainable. I thought perhaps this is because in my training I do not do long tempos, but then I realized this is more related to aging that it is to training, though I think the training could hold this off to an extent.
Leg 1:Distance2.252Time18:01.20Pace8:00.11
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance13.109Time1:19:54.70Pace6:05.76
The race.
Split 1:Distance0.980Time5:38.70Pace5:45.61
Split 2:Distance0.980Time5:44.30Pace5:51.33
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:50.80Pace5:50.80
Split 4:Distance0.980Time5:34.60Pace5:41.43
Split 5:Distance0.980Time5:42.10Pace5:49.08
Split 6:Distance1.000Time6:00.30Pace6:00.30
Split 7:Distance1.160Time7:22.10Pace6:21.12
Split 8:Distance0.920Time5:35.30Pace6:04.46
Split 9:Distance1.000Time6:07.30Pace6:07.30
Split 10:Distance1.000Time6:11.10Pace6:11.10
Split 11:Distance1.000Time6:17.10Pace6:17.10
Split 12:Distance1.000Time6:34.60Pace6:34.60
Split 13:Distance1.000Time6:35.80Pace6:35.80
Split 14:Distance0.109Time0:40.60Pace6:12.48
Leg 3:Distance1.150Time10:08.80Pace8:49.39
To the house.
Leg 4:Distance0.250Time2:20.70Pace9:22.80
With Bella.

Brown Crocs 3 Miles: 16.76
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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