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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: 26.00 Year: 974.94
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
67.320.008.160.7576.23
Lopsie Sports Sandals Miles: 76.22
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. Our local 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
11.500.000.000.5012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-03-28 17:08:46
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:38.80Pace7:53.23
12 total. Jacob had a cold ran only 4 miles. Joseph and I did a pickup for 0.5. He got 2:36, I had 2:37.9 - last 200 was around 36, which I was very happy about.

Benjamin did 12 total with strides. Otherwise, easy runs. William was developing a cold, ran only 4 miles. Easy pace, usual distances otherwise.
Leg 1:
Distance2.000Time16:47.20Pace8:23.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Stephen, William, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time8:33.50Pace8:33.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella, Stephen, William, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time7:20.40Pace7:20.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen, William, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 4:
Distance8.000Time1:01:57.70Pace7:44.71
With Joseph.
Split 1:Distance4.480Time35:28.80Pace7:55.18ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.480Time35:28.80Pace7:55.18
Split 2:Distance0.500Time2:37.90Pace5:15.80ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.980Time38:06.70Pace7:39.18
Split 3:Distance3.020Time23:51.00Pace7:53.84ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time1:01:57.70Pace7:44.71
 

Lopsie Sports Sandals 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
11.750.000.000.2512.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-03-29 17:10:42
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:21.00Pace7:51.75
12 total. Did a pickup with Matthew in 80 for 0.25. Otherwise easy pace, usual distances for the kids except for William and Jacob due to colds. Jacob did 4, William 3.
Leg 1:
Distance2.000Time17:07.90Pace8:33.95ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Matthew, Jacob, and Stephen.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time8:33.20Pace8:33.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella, Matthew, Jacob, and Stephen.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time7:02.10Pace7:02.10
With Matthew and Jacob, part with Stephen.
Split 1:Distance0.750Time5:42.00Pace7:36.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.750Time5:42.00Pace7:36.00
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:20.10Pace5:20.40ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time7:02.10Pace7:02.10
 
Leg 4:
Distance8.000Time1:01:37.80Pace7:42.23ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph.

Lopsie Sports Sandals 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
11.850.000.160.0012.01

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-03-30 08:33:41
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:15.00Pace7:51.25
12 total for me. Usual distances for the kids except for William (0.5) and Jacob (6) due to a cold. Stephen, Matthew, and I did an uphill pickup.

Benjamin did 8x1 mile starting out in 5:11 and working his way up to 4:47.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:01:37.70Pace7:42.21ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph, part with Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time8:37.70Pace8:37.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen, Mary, Bella, and Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:27.00Pace8:27.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen, Mary, and Matthew.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time15:32.60Pace7:46.30
With Stephen and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance1.845Time14:31.50Pace7:52.36ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.845Time14:31.50Pace7:52.36
Split 2:Distance0.155Time1:01.10Pace6:34.19ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time15:32.60Pace7:46.30
 

Lopsie Sports Sandals 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
9.000.003.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-03-31 17:04:41
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:07.20Pace7:45.60
12 total. Paced Matthew in the rabbit chase. We did 3 miles down the canyon. Stephen ran the first 0.5 with us, was acting miserable due to his foot hurting, I told him to just jog home. Matthew's splits were 6:22, 6:24, 6:23.

Jacob recovered from the cold and was pacing Joseph, gap 2:00. They caught us with about 600 to go, and fished in 16:49 (5:32, 5:46, 5:31). Joseph was able to run through the side ache, which I was very happy about.

Benjamin did 12 with a mile pickup in 4:51. William jogged a mile. Otherwise, usual runs, easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time8:32.70Pace8:32.70ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance0.980Time7:47.00Pace7:56.53ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 3:
Distance3.000Time19:09.90Pace6:23.30ZoneThreshold Miles
With Matthew, part with Stephen.
Leg 4:
Distance5.020Time40:40.10Pace8:06.08ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Joseph and Jacob, part alone.
Leg 5:
Distance2.000Time16:57.50Pace8:28.75ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary.

Lopsie Sports Sandals 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 - 2022-04-01 08:35:44
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:38:06.30Pace8:10.53
Easy runs, 12 total, usual distances except for Mary - 3 miles, and William - I think only 1, still sick with a sore throat.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:02:00.40Pace7:45.05ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time8:37.10Pace8:37.10ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance3.000Time27:28.80Pace9:09.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Stephen, and Matthew.

Lopsie Sports Sandals 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
11.220.005.000.0016.22

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-04-02 07:36:33
Workout Totals: Distance16.224Time2:00:41.70Pace7:26.36
12 total. Did a 5 mile tempo run down the canyon with Chad, Joseph, and Jacob. Joseph got 29:51, I had 29:52, Jacob stayed back with Chad and they had 30:07. Joseph struggled with the side ache and emotional stress at around 2.5 mark which slowed him down to 6:30 pace for about half a mile, but then recovered and was able finish strong. With about 1.25 to go Joseph and I put a gap on Chad and Jacob, and it gradually grew. The splits were 6:00, 5:58, 6:11, 6:02, 5:41. I was happy that I was able to break 30:00 again, and that Joseph is getting stronger.

Benjamin ran a small 5 K on a course with hills, but apparently about 100 meters short, and won it in 15:24. William was still sick, ran only 1 mile. Otherwise usual Saturday distances.

Did 10 in the morning, then watched the General Conference, then 6 more after.
Leg 1:
Distance2.480Time19:27.80Pace7:50.89ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up
Leg 2:
Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 3:
Distance5.000Time29:52.10Pace5:58.42ZoneThreshold Miles
Tempo run.
Leg 4:
Distance2.744Time21:56.90Pace7:59.92ZoneEasy Miles
Back to the car.
Leg 5:
Distance3.000Time23:27.30Pace7:49.10ZoneEasy Miles
With Bonnie, Matthew and Stephen.
Leg 6:
Distance2.000Time17:26.00Pace8:43.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Bonnie, Mary, Matthew, and Stephen.
Leg 7:
Distance1.000Time8:31.60Pace8:31.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella, Bonnie, Matthew, and Stephen.

Lopsie Sports Sandals Miles: 16.22
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
67.320.008.160.7576.23
Lopsie Sports Sandals Miles: 76.22
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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