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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
60.330.004.007.0071.33
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-02-05 18:17:15
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:38:34.20Pace8:12.85
12 total. Easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time32:18.00Pace8:04.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob, Matthew, and do not remember if we had anybody else.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time31:41.60Pace7:55.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time15:36.60Pace7:48.30ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time10:24.80Pace10:24.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, Julia, and Leigha.
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time8:33.20Pace8:33.20ZoneEasy 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
8.780.004.000.0012.78

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-02-06 20:18:41
Workout Totals: Distance12.780Time1:39:54.10Pace7:49.02
12+ total. Did 2x2 workout down the canyon. First interval was with Matthew. I did it in 11:54. He was about 1 second behind. On the second interval I dug deeper and found 11:47 even though I was running alone.

Jacob ran 10:09 (4:54, 5:15). I was happy that he was not afraid to start fast, but we need to work on being strong in the second mile.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time7:47.00Pace7:56.53ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time11:54.00Pace5:57.00ZoneThreshold Miles
First interval
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time17:30.00Pace8:45.00ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time11:47.00Pace5:53.50ZoneThreshold Miles
Second interval.
Leg 5:
Distance3.800Time31:00.00Pace8:09.47ZoneEasy Miles
Distance/cool-down.
Leg 6:
Distance1.000Time10:54.10Pace10:54.10ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.
Leg 7:
Distance1.000Time9:02.00Pace9:02.00ZoneEasy 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 - 2024-02-07 17:27:11
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:47:52.30Pace8:59.36
12 total. Easy pace. Snow/slush, had a hard time going much faster than 9:00.

Benjamin did 4x800 on the road in Texas - 2:16,2:17,2:16,2:12. The speed is there, need to figure out leg cramps.
Leg 1:
Distance5.000Time44:57.00Pace8:59.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance5.000Time44:38.10Pace8:55.62ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time9:55.20Pace9:55.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, Stephen, and Leigha.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time8:22.00Pace8:22.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Stephen.

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 - 2024-02-08 08:10:43
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:50.10Pace8:09.17
12 total. Easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:03:23.60Pace7:55.45ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time16:34.10Pace8:17.05ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Stephen and Matthew, part alone.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time9:53.20Pace9:53.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time7:59.20Pace7:59.20ZoneEasy 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
8.000.000.000.008.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-02-09 08:51:16
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time1:07:27.10Pace8:25.89
8 total. Easy pace. Tapering for the 10 K tomorrow.
Leg 1:
Distance6.000Time47:25.90Pace7:54.32ZoneEasy Miles
Part with the kids, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time11:35.30Pace11:35.30ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:25.90Pace8:25.90ZoneEasy 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
7.550.000.007.0014.55

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-02-10 09:35:28
Workout Totals: Distance14.550Time1:44:22.50Pace7:10.41
SLC Track Club Winter Series 10 K, 39:18, 21st overall, 1st in 50-54.

Kids:

Jacob 35:25, 8th, PR
William 42:17, 30th
Matthew 42:39, 31st
Stephen 46:10, 40th

Jacob had a good race. William was out of shape due to his laziness in training lately. Not sure what happened to Matthew, he should have been faster. Stephen ran much better than he did in the 5 K and in his 3000 time trial, but still had issues. When Jacob and I found him he was wobbling. Something funny is happening with his brain, all of a sudden he has episodes when he starts wobbling from side to side but it comes and goes.
Leg 1:
Distance2.100Time17:40.90Pace8:25.19ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance7.850Time46:13.60Pace5:53.32
Race + running back to Stephen.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time6:09.80Pace6:09.80ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time6:09.80Pace6:09.80
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:19.50Pace6:19.50ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time12:29.30Pace6:14.65
Split 3:Distance1.000Time6:19.60Pace6:19.60ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.000Time18:48.90Pace6:16.30
Split 4:Distance1.000Time6:20.30Pace6:20.30ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time25:09.20Pace6:17.30
Split 5:Distance1.000Time6:23.40Pace6:23.40ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time31:32.60Pace6:18.52
Split 6:Distance1.000Time6:29.90Pace6:29.90ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time38:02.50Pace6:20.42
Split 7:Distance1.000Time1:16.40Pace1:16.40ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance7.000Time39:18.90Pace5:36.99
Split 8:Distance0.850Time6:54.70Pace8:07.88ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance7.850Time46:13.60Pace5:53.32
Leg 3:
Distance2.600Time23:34.60Pace9:04.08ZoneEasy Miles
More distance.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time16:53.40Pace8:26.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
60.330.004.007.0071.33
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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