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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
68.000.008.000.0076.00
Blue Crocs Miles: 76.00
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.

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 - 2023-05-15 08:04:32
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:35:43.20Pace7:58.60
12 total. Easy pace, usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:02:20.30Pace7:47.54ZoneEasy Miles
With Bonnie, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time14:59.60Pace7:29.80ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time18:23.30Pace9:11.65ZoneEasy 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 - 2023-05-16 08:02:58
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:38:15.70Pace8:11.31
12 total. Easy pace, usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:19:09.40Pace7:54.94ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Jacob, Bonnie, Joseph, Stephen, and Matthew, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time10:45.60Pace10:45.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha, Mary, and Bella.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:20.70Pace8:20.70ZoneEasy 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
10.000.002.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-05-17 08:12:46
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:51.50Pace7:49.29
12 total. 2 mile tempo with Joseph down the canyon in 11:56. Jacob did 10:38, if I remember right.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:15:18.50Pace7:31.85
With Joseph and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance4.230Time33:37.40Pace7:56.93ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.230Time33:37.40Pace7:56.93
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:56.50Pace5:58.25ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance6.230Time45:33.90Pace7:18.83
Split 3:Distance3.770Time29:44.60Pace7:53.37ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance10.000Time1:15:18.50Pace7:31.85
 
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time10:08.20Pace10:08.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:24.80Pace8:24.80ZoneEasy 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 - 2023-05-18 08:17:38
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:36:27.50Pace8:02.29
12 total. Easy run.
Leg 1:
Distance4.230Time33:36.40Pace7:56.69ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie (I think).
Leg 2:
Distance2.270Time17:49.60Pace7:51.19ZoneEasy Miles
More with the kids.
Leg 3:
Distance3.500Time26:17.10Pace7:30.60ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time10:20.60Pace10:20.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time8:23.80Pace8:23.80ZoneEasy 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 - 2023-05-19 08:25:30
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:53.00Pace8:09.42
12 total. Jacob did 200-100 fartlek for 2 miles down the canyon alternating 4:48 and 8:00 pace, if I remember right.
Leg 1:
Distance7.000Time55:17.30Pace7:53.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time22:30.60Pace7:30.20ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time10:30.60Pace10:30.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time9:34.50Pace9:34.50ZoneEasy 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
10.000.006.000.0016.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-05-20 09:12:01
Workout Totals: Distance16.000Time2:05:26.10Pace7:50.38
16 total. Did 4 + 2 down the canyon. 24:10, 11:59. Joseph ran the first one with me. Jacob did it in 22:00, an improvement. Matthew and William ran the first 2 with me in 11:58.

Leigha did her first mile without holding the hand. She insisted in running on the sidewalk. Her time was 10:22.

Benjamin and Maddy got into a car accident. Somebody rear-ended them while they were waiting at a yield sign. They both got whiplash. So Benjamin ran only 10 miles today. He tried a pickup, but then started feeling numb, so he slowed down and the feeling went away.
Leg 1:
Distance1.100Time9:20.50Pace8:29.55ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time24:10.10Pace6:02.52
First interval.
Split 1:Distance2.000Time11:58.80Pace5:59.40ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time11:58.80Pace5:59.40
Split 2:Distance2.000Time12:11.30Pace6:05.65ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time24:10.10Pace6:02.52
 
Leg 3:
Distance3.375Time30:28.40Pace9:01.75ZoneEasy Miles
Recovery.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time11:59.10Pace5:59.55ZoneThreshold Miles
Second interval.
Leg 5:
Distance2.025Time18:25.10Pace9:05.73ZoneEasy Miles
Distance with Jacob.
Leg 6:
Distance1.500Time12:01.70Pace8:01.13ZoneEasy Miles
More distance alone.
Leg 7:
Distance1.000Time10:22.50Pace10:22.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 8:
Distance1.000Time8:38.70Pace8:38.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary.

Blue Crocs 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
68.000.008.000.0076.00
Blue Crocs Miles: 76.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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