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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: 0.00 Year: 1283.13
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
52.740.0015.610.0068.35
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 - 2024-05-27 09:30:46
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:37:29.40Pace8:07.45
12 total, easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance5.000Time39:59.10Pace7:59.82ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew if I remember right.
Leg 2:
Distance5.000Time38:44.60Pace7:44.92ZoneEasy Miles
Alone or maybe with Benjamin.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time10:23.10Pace10:23.10ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha and Bella.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time8:22.60Pace8:22.60ZoneEasy Miles
With 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 - 2024-05-28 08:02:52
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:28:28.90Pace7:22.41
12 total, easy pace.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time56:56.40Pace7:07.05ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Jacob, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time31:32.50Pace7:53.12ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew if I remember right.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.040.002.000.0012.04

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-05-29 09:14:50
Workout Totals: Distance12.040Time1:34:55.20Pace7:53.02
12 total. Did a 2 mile tempo with Matthew down the canyon in 11:59. Hamstring tightened.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time7:53.80Pace8:03.47ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time11:59.80Pace5:59.90ZoneThreshold Miles
Tempo run with Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance3.060Time27:21.70Pace8:56.50ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 4:
Distance4.000Time31:58.60Pace7:59.65ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 5:
Distance2.000Time15:41.30Pace7:50.65ZoneEasy Miles
I think this was with William if I remember right.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.001.500.0010.25

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-05-30 09:10:20
Workout Totals: Distance10.250Time1:21:59.00Pace7:59.90
10 total. Did 2x0.75 with Stephen. Matthew came as a co-pacer. Stephen did 4:28/4:45. Really struggled in the second interval.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time8:23.90Pace8:34.18ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance2.250Time16:46.80Pace7:27.47
Workout with Stephen and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance0.750Time4:28.90Pace5:58.53ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.750Time4:28.90Pace5:58.53
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.750Time4:28.90Pace5:58.53
Split 3:Distance0.750Time7:32.00Pace10:02.67ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.500Time12:00.90Pace8:00.60
Split 4:Distance0.750Time4:45.90Pace6:21.20ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance2.250Time16:46.80Pace7:27.47
Leg 3:
Distance5.020Time40:09.70Pace8:00.02ZoneEasy Miles
Distance.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time8:45.50Pace8:45.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella and Leigha.
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time7:53.10Pace7:53.10ZoneEasy Miles
With 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 - 2024-05-31 08:54:30
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time1:06:23.70Pace8:17.96
8 total. Taper.
Leg 1:
Distance6.000Time48:05.50Pace8:00.92ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time9:54.90Pace9:54.90
With Leigha and Bella.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance1.000Time9:54.90Pace9:54.90ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time9:54.90Pace9:54.90
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time8:23.30Pace8:23.30ZoneEasy Miles
With 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
1.950.0012.110.0014.06

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-06-01 05:00:09
Workout Totals: Distance14.059Time1:40:11.40Pace7:07.58
Leg 1:
Distance1.950Time15:39.50Pace8:01.79ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance12.109Time1:24:31.90Pace6:58.85
Race.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time12:39.30Pace12:39.30ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time12:39.30Pace12:39.30
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:20.50Pace6:20.50ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time18:59.80Pace9:29.90
Split 3:Distance1.000Time6:14.70Pace6:14.70ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.000Time25:14.50Pace8:24.83
Split 4:Distance1.000Time6:18.50Pace6:18.50ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:33.00Pace7:53.25
Split 5:Distance0.000Time0:00.10Pace0:00.00ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:33.10Pace7:53.27
Split 6:Distance1.000Time6:21.70Pace6:21.70ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance5.000Time37:54.80Pace7:34.96
Split 7:Distance1.000Time6:30.00Pace6:30.00ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance6.000Time44:24.80Pace7:24.13
Split 8:Distance1.000Time6:26.30Pace6:26.30ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance7.000Time50:51.10Pace7:15.87
Split 9:Distance1.000Time6:27.00Pace6:27.00ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time57:18.10Pace7:09.76
Split 10:Distance1.000Time6:35.00Pace6:35.00ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance9.000Time1:03:53.10Pace7:05.90
Split 11:Distance1.000Time6:42.50Pace6:42.50ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance10.000Time1:10:35.60Pace7:03.56
Split 12:Distance1.000Time6:29.10Pace6:29.10ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance11.000Time1:17:04.70Pace7:00.43
Split 13:Distance1.109Time7:27.20Pace6:43.25ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance12.109Time1:24:31.90Pace6:58.85

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
52.740.0015.610.0068.35
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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