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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: 112.39 Year: 1403.52
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
68.900.006.000.1675.06
Blue Crocs Miles: 75.05
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. Fast Sunday. Went to our ward, then the Russian-speaking 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
12.500.000.000.0012.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-03-06 09:40:32
Workout Totals: Distance12.500Time1:42:07.50Pace8:10.20
12.5 total. Easy pace, usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:19:55.90Pace7:59.59ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time16:34.50Pace8:17.25ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary.
Leg 3:
Distance0.500Time5:37.10Pace11:14.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella and Leigha.

Blue Crocs Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.850.002.000.1612.01

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-03-07 09:58:52
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:54.00Pace7:49.50
12 total. Did a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 11:48. Jacob did it as well with a rabbit chase, I think he ran 10:39 with the splits of 5:15, 5:24. Easy runs for others. Bella was able to run 2 miles somewhat normally today.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:16:19.10Pace7:37.91
With Jacob.
Split 1:Distance5.050Time40:32.10Pace8:01.60ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance5.050Time40:32.10Pace8:01.60
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:48.40Pace5:54.20ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance7.050Time52:20.50Pace7:25.46
Split 3:Distance2.795Time23:03.90Pace8:15.13ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance9.845Time1:15:24.40Pace7:39.56
Split 4:Distance0.155Time0:54.70Pace5:52.90ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance10.000Time1:16:19.10Pace7:37.91
 
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time17:34.90Pace8:47.45ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Blue Crocs 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
12.500.000.000.0012.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-03-08 09:20:28
Workout Totals: Distance12.500Time1:42:03.40Pace8:09.87
12.5 total. Easy pace, usual distances. William tried 8 today.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:18:41.40Pace7:52.14ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob, part with Joseph and William.
Leg 2:
Distance0.500Time5:18.40Pace10:36.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time18:03.60Pace9:01.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, part with Bella.

Blue Crocs Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.050.004.000.0014.05

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-03-09 10:06:18
Workout Totals: Distance14.050Time1:50:42.20Pace7:52.75
14 total, did 2x2 down the canyon, 12:06 (with Matthew, 5:58, 6:08), and 11:36 (paced by Jacob, 5:51, 5:45). Jacob did the first one in 10:30. Joseph ran 10:58. Stephen ran 4 miles. Do not remember what William did.

We did the longer run/workout on Thursday because of the chess tournament on Saturday.

Mary and Bella did 2, Leigha 0.5.
Leg 1:
Distance2.300Time18:35.80Pace8:05.13ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time12:06.10Pace6:03.05ZoneThreshold Miles
Pacing Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time17:41.90Pace8:50.95ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time11:36.40Pace5:48.20ZoneThreshold Miles
Jacob paced me.
Leg 5:
Distance3.700Time30:12.20Pace8:09.78ZoneEasy Miles
Distance with Jacob.
Leg 6:
Distance2.050Time20:29.80Pace9:59.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Blue Crocs Miles: 14.05
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 - 2023-03-10 19:16:57
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:17:29.10Pace7:44.91
12 total. Easy pace, usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:17:29.10Pace7:44.91ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob, part with Joseph, William, Stephen, and Matthew.
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-03-10 19:26:43
Workout Totals: Distance2.000Time16:36.00Pace8:18.00
 
Leg 1:
Distance2.000Time16:36.00Pace8:18.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary.

Blue Crocs 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 - 2023-03-11 06:17:31
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:31:20.20Pace7:36.68
12 total. Easy pace. Utah Elementary Chess Championship. Results:

Stephen 3/5 (3 wins, 2 losses) 17th place in 6th grade
Matthew 3.5/5 (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss) 9th place in 4th grade
Mary 3/5 (3 wins, 1 loss, 1 forfeit due to spacing out and missing the round) 21st place in 2nd grade
Bella 3/5(2 wins, 1 bye point, 2 losses) 7th place in kindergarden
Leigha 1/5 (1 bye point, 4 losses) 15th place in kindergarden

Team score 13.5 points, 1 point short of a trophy.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time59:50.70Pace7:28.84ZoneEasy Miles
With Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time31:29.50Pace7:52.38ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen and Matthew, part with Jacob and Bella.

Blue Crocs Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
68.900.006.000.1675.06
Blue Crocs Miles: 75.05
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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