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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: 220.24 Year: 560.35
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
78.370.005.000.0083.37
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.000.000.000.0020.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-01-29 08:22:08
Workout Totals: Distance20.000Time1:33:42.90Pace4:41.14
12 total. Easy pace. Joseph broke his arm in the MTC while arm-wrestling. We went to see him in the emergency room in the evening.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:19:22.40Pace7:56.24ZoneEasy Miles
Part with the kids, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance10.000Time14:20.50Pace1:26.05ZoneEasy 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
10.000.002.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-01-30 09:29:58
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:30.10Pace7:47.51
12 total. Did 2x2 down the canyon. On the first one I was able to run 11:45. Matthew and William kicked at the end and I could not keep up with them. William ran 11:42, Matthew 11:44 (PR). Jacob ran 10:10 (I think 5:01, 5:09).

Then Jacob paced me on the second interval. I did not think I would be able to run faster, I was just hoping for sub-12:00, but I toughened up and found 11:42. I was happy about that.

You should always try for a higher goal even if you feel doubtful. Sometimes your doubts are not justified. When you prove your doubts wrong, it is an important victory. This is how your mind and your spirit grow one little step at a time.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time8:14.20Pace8:24.29ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time11:46.40Pace5:53.20ZoneThreshold Miles
First interval with Matthew and William.
Leg 3:
Distance2.500Time22:32.80Pace9:01.12ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time11:42.70Pace5:51.35ZoneEasy Miles
Second interval, paced by Jacob.
Leg 5:
Distance2.520Time21:47.80Pace8:38.97ZoneEasy Miles
Distance/cool-down.
Leg 6:
Distance2.000Time17:26.20Pace8:43.10ZoneEasy 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 - 2024-01-31 08:20:37
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:27.10Pace8:07.26
12 total, easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:18:58.00Pace7:53.80ZoneEasy Miles
Part with the kids, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time10:26.70Pace10:26.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:02.40Pace8:02.40ZoneEasy 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
12.370.000.000.0012.37

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-02-01 09:15:15
Workout Totals: Distance12.370Time1:42:22.00Pace8:16.52
12+ total. Did a 3000 time trial with Stephen. He ran 13:32, but that involved 3 laps in the middle at only a few seconds faster than 2:00 per lap average as he was having a panic attack.
Leg 1:
Distance1.050Time8:35.20Pace8:10.67ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up with Stephen and Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance1.860Time13:32.60Pace7:16.88ZoneEasy Miles
Stephen's 3000 time trial.
Leg 3:
Distance2.460Time21:33.70Pace8:45.89ZoneEasy Miles
To the house with Stephen and Matthew.
Leg 4:
Distance5.000Time39:29.20Pace7:53.84ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time11:13.60Pace11:13.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha, Mary, and Bella.
Leg 6:
Distance1.000Time7:57.70Pace7:57.70ZoneEasy 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 - 2024-02-02 09:17:58
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:38:42.00Pace8:13.50
12 total. Easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance5.000Time39:58.70Pace7:59.74ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance5.000Time39:49.30Pace7:57.86ZoneEasy Miles
I think I ran this alone.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:38.70Pace8:38.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time10:15.30Pace10:15.30ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.003.000.0015.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-02-03 09:37:10
Workout Totals: Distance15.000Time2:04:12.00Pace8:16.80
In St. George. 16 total. Did 2x2 workout. For some reason it was a slow day for everyone. I did 12:27 with Matthew on the first one, Stephen ran the first mile with us in 6:19. Jacob did this interval in 10:48. On the second interval Jacob paced me to 12:17.

Benjamin did a 3 mile interval in 15:03 in Texas. That is an improvement for him. He started going to bed earlier and saw the results.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time9:40.20Pace9:40.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha, and the rest of the kids.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time8:46.90Pace8:46.90ZoneEasy Miles
Same group without Leigha.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time17:45.00Pace8:52.50ZoneEasy Miles
Down to Jacob, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time12:27.00Pace6:13.50ZoneThreshold Miles
Interval with Matthew.
Leg 5:
Distance3.000Time25:09.10Pace8:23.03ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery/distance with Jacob.
Leg 6:
Distance1.000Time12:17.70Pace12:17.70ZoneThreshold Miles
Jacob paced me.
Leg 7:
Distance5.000Time38:06.10Pace7:37.22ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
78.370.005.000.0083.37
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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