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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

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 103.30 Year: 1747.58
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 2191.97
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 595.71
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
71.090.002.002.3875.47
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 - 2021-06-07 08:07:57
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:30:39.20Pace7:33.27
Easy runs, total of 12. Benjamin picked up a cold and is also recovering from the half, did only 8. Otherwise usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time59:55.50Pace7:29.44ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time30:43.70Pace7:40.93ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen and Matthew.

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 - 2021-06-08 08:24:31
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:31:17.20Pace7:36.43
12 total. Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin did a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 11:58. Otherwise, easy runs, usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time59:34.30Pace7:26.79
With Jacob, part with Benjamin and Joseph.
Split 1:Distance4.050Time30:50.60Pace7:36.94ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.050Time30:50.60Pace7:36.94
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:58.20Pace5:59.10ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance6.050Time42:48.80Pace7:04.60
Split 3:Distance1.950Time16:45.50Pace8:35.64ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time59:34.30Pace7:26.79
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time31:42.90Pace7:55.73ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen and Matthew.

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 - 2021-06-09 08:44:35
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:29:50.70Pace7:29.22
12 total, easy runs. Benjamin did 11, though still keeping easy pace. Stephen ran only 2, had a cold, otherwise usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:00:29.60Pace7:33.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph and Jacob, part with William, Stephen, and Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time29:21.10Pace7:20.27ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.

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 - 2021-06-10 08:37:30
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:37.60Pace7:48.13
Easy runs. Taper for the state meet for the kids, reduced mileage. Total of 12 for me and Benjamin. Bella ran a mile PR of 8:58.8, first time under 9:00.
Leg 1:
Distance5.000Time38:58.70Pace7:47.74ZoneEasy Miles
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time15:39.90Pace7:49.95ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen and Matthew.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time7:11.30Pace7:11.30ZoneEasy Miles
With Matthew.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time8:58.80Pace8:58.80ZoneEasy Miles
Pacing Bella with Benjamin and Mary.
Leg 5:
Distance3.000Time22:48.90Pace7:36.30ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.620.000.000.3812.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2021-06-11 09:41:53
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:29:09.10Pace7:25.76
12 total for me and Benjamin. Benjamin did a mile pickup in 4:56, I did 0.375 falling back a bit at the end in 1:53. The younger boys and Bonnie races the 3000 in the Utah USATF championship. The temperature was 77F. Results:

Jacob 9:54.16 (PR)
Joseph 10:19.41
William 11:34.20
Bonnie 12:13.07
Stephen 12:29.47
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time59:20.90Pace7:25.11
With Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance4.980Time38:26.00Pace7:43.05ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.980Time38:26.00Pace7:43.05
Split 2:Distance0.375Time1:53.50Pace5:02.67ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Cumilative:Distance5.355Time40:19.50Pace7:31.82
Split 3:Distance2.645Time19:01.40Pace7:11.53ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance8.000Time59:20.90Pace7:25.11
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time29:48.20Pace7:27.05ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.470.000.002.0015.47

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2021-06-12 07:53:40
Workout Totals: Distance15.466Time1:58:09.20Pace7:38.37
Around 15.5 total for me, 13.5 for Benjamin. We did a 2 mile run that our ward organized on our course that we had from 8 years ago. We remeasured it and slightly adjusted the markers. Before that Benjamin Chad and I ran 10.5 miles.

Results:

Benjamin 10:39
Jacob 11:36
William 13:00
Matthew 13:10
Bonnie 13:25
Stephen 13:53
Bella 19:21

I paced Bella, and then ran 12:04 (5:53 down, 6:11 up).

Benjamin felt still not recovered from the cold, so he was struggling. Jacob had sore legs from last night.

In the state championship Matthew ran the 800 in 4:49.01 with a negative split (85.5, 83.5). William improved his long jump by 1 cm with 3.74 m.


Leg 1:
Distance10.540Time1:18:36.60Pace7:27.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Chad and Benjamin.
Leg 2:
Distance0.406Time3:15.00Pace8:00.30ZoneEasy Miles
To the start of the race.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time19:21.10Pace9:40.55ZoneEasy Miles
Pacing Bella.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time12:04.70Pace6:02.35ZoneVO2 Max Miles
Racing myself.
Leg 5:
Distance0.520Time4:51.80Pace9:21.15ZoneEasy Miles
Back to the house with William.
Leg 6:
Distance0.000Time2:49.10Pace0:00.00
Timing Matthew.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time1:25.40Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time1:25.40Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time1:23.70Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance0.000Time2:49.10Pace0:00.00
Leg 7:
Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00ZoneEasy Miles

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
71.090.002.002.3875.47
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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