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.
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.
...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.
12 total. Joseph and Jacob raced the 3000 at the USATF JO Nationals today.
Jacob 9:22.20 8th (3:03, 3:08, 3:11)
Joseph 9:28.21 13th (3:02, 3:07, 3:19)
Both got a PR. Joseph paid for the surge from 300 to 400 moving from last to second, and hitting the first 400 in 68. Jacob ran steady, though the first lap was quick (71), and thus his last 1000 was better.
Easy pace, usual distances for everybody else. Benjamin still at FSY, running reduced mileage, about 8-9 a day.
Part with the kids, part alone.
12 total, easy pace. Still in Sacramento. William and Stephen ran the 3000 today.
William 10:40.53 32nd
Stephen 11:59.26 30th
both got a PR. Stephen lost one croc with 600 to go, and the other with 200 to go, but still made it to the finish under 12:00.
William paced it very well - 3:33, 3:30, 3:34. Stephen had 3:50, 4:02, 4:07 - but I am very happy that he broke 12:00 and did not degrade into Stevie jog. I was worried about his race the most. I think what helped him was focusing on knowing your last 400 split, and setting a goal for the next no matter what happens.
Benjamin had a busy day, was able to run only 4 miles. However, he went on a date and things went very well, better than any of his other dates. We are hoping for a wedding before the end of the year. Otherwise, having a day with only 4 miles cannot be justified :-)