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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: 24.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 333.17
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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.250.006.001.0076.25
Madctoc Clogs Miles: 76.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church. Fast Sunday. Went to our ward, then the Russian branch.

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 - 2023-01-09 08:10:48
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:16:59.70Pace7:41.97
12 total. Easy pace. Usual distances, except for Stephen, who was only able to do 1 mile.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:00:59.20Pace7:37.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob and Bonnie.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time16:00.50Pace8:00.25ZoneEasy Miles
Part with William, Stephen, and Matthew, part alone.
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-01-09 21:40:02
Workout Totals: Distance2.000Time17:04.80Pace8:32.40
 
Leg 1:
Distance2.000Time17:04.80Pace8:32.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Madctoc Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.001.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-01-10 15:44:12
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:36:13.00Pace8:01.08
12 total. Did a mile pickup with Bonnie in 5:47. Jacob did it in 5:15. Benjamin did 3+2 at about 5:30 pace on dirt. He has been struggling to complete his workouts due to heat and humidity.

Joseph is back to 8, Jacob did 8 as well. Stephen could only run 1 mile, I believe, due to an injured ankle - playing injury. For some reason he is prone to foot injuries.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:03:23.00Pace7:55.38
With Jacob and Bonnie.
Split 1:Distance4.230Time35:18.80Pace8:20.90ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.230Time35:18.80Pace8:20.90
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:47.70Pace5:47.70ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance5.230Time41:06.50Pace7:51.61
Split 3:Distance2.770Time22:16.50Pace8:02.49ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time1:03:23.00Pace7:55.38
 
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time15:58.70Pace7:59.35ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time16:51.30Pace8:25.65ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Madctoc Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.002.000.0012.25

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-01-11 16:13:50
Workout Totals: Distance12.250Time1:40:42.80Pace8:13.29
12 total. Paced Matthew in 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 12:03 (5:52,6:11). Bonnie ran a PR of 11:35. William got 11:42. Jacob ran 10:41. Benjamin did a workout with Noah 2x1 mile in 5:15, then 0.5 in 2:30, and 0.25 in 69.
Leg 1:
Distance2.050Time18:09.60Pace8:51.51ZoneEasy Miles
With Bonnie, Jacob, William, and Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time12:03.00Pace6:01.50ZoneThreshold Miles
Paced Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance5.950Time50:48.60Pace8:32.37ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Bonnie and Jacob, part alone.
Leg 4:
Distance0.250Time2:41.20Pace10:44.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.
Leg 5:
Distance2.000Time17:00.40Pace8:30.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Madctoc Clogs Miles: 12.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.001.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-01-12 10:14:23
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:14.20Pace7:51.18
12 total. Did a mile pickup down the canyon in 6:00. Usual distances for everybody except Stephen. I think he did only 2.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time31:57.60Pace7:59.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew, William, and Joseph. I think Stephen ran part of it with us.
Leg 2:
Distance6.000Time44:59.80Pace7:29.97
Part with William, part alone.
Split 1:Distance3.050Time24:19.00Pace7:58.36ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.050Time24:19.00Pace7:58.36
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:00.00Pace6:00.00ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:19.00Pace7:29.14
Split 3:Distance1.950Time14:40.80Pace7:31.69ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time44:59.80Pace7:29.97
 
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time9:26.90Pace9:26.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time7:49.90Pace7:49.90ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.

Madctoc Clogs Miles: 12.00
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 - 2023-01-13 09:36:38
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:54.60Pace8:09.55
12 total. Easy pace, usual distances for most people. Stephen I think still ran only 2.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time31:16.80Pace7:49.20
With Matthew, part with Stephen.
Split 1:Distance3.500Time27:56.30Pace7:58.94ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.500Time27:56.30Pace7:58.94
Split 2:Distance0.500Time3:20.50Pace6:41.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:16.80Pace7:49.20
 
Leg 2:
Distance6.000Time46:40.40Pace7:46.73ZoneEasy Miles
Do not remember if I had anybody with me.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time19:57.40Pace9:58.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Madctoc Clogs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.003.000.0016.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-01-14 15:54:27
Workout Totals: Distance16.000Time2:02:15.80Pace7:38.49
16 total. Did 2x3 down the canyon 17:57, 17:49. First one pacing Bonnie, second with Jacob - he paced me.

Jacob I think ran 16:52 on the first one, and Joseph 17:27 if I remember right.

Do not remember what Benjamin and William did.
Leg 1:
Distance1.940Time15:55.20Pace8:12.37ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time17:57.70Pace5:59.23ZoneEasy Miles
First interval.
Leg 3:
Distance3.330Time28:23.90Pace8:31.68ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery.
Leg 4:
Distance3.000Time17:49.60Pace5:56.53ZoneThreshold Miles
Second interval.
Leg 5:
Distance2.730Time23:23.30Pace8:34.03ZoneEasy Miles
Cool-down.
Leg 6:
Distance2.000Time18:46.10Pace9:23.05ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Madctoc Clogs Miles: 16.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
69.250.006.001.0076.25
Madctoc Clogs Miles: 76.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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