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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: 220.24 Year: 560.35
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
72.830.503.001.7578.08
Joybees 1 Miles: 78.08
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 the English 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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-29 08:27:31
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:36:49.00Pace8:04.08
12 total, easy pace. Joseph and Jacob did 4, Benjamin did 8 in the morning with me, do not remember if he added in the evening. Usual distances otherwise.
Leg 1:
Distance8.000Time1:01:57.00Pace7:44.62ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin, part with Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time17:27.80Pace8:43.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time17:24.20Pace8:42.10ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella.

Joybees 1 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
11.000.002.000.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-30 09:31:03
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:44:15.80Pace8:01.22
13 total. Paced Matthew in the 2 mile run down the canyon with Benjamin's help. He ran 11:59 (5:56, 6:03) breaking 12:00 for the first time. Joseph and Jacob did 6+2 if I remember right, otherwise usual distances.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time9:06.00Pace9:17.14ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up with Benjamin and Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time11:59.70Pace5:59.85ZoneThreshold Miles
Paced Matthew with Benjamin.
Leg 3:
Distance3.020Time26:12.30Pace8:40.63ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin and Matthew to the house.
Leg 4:
Distance5.000Time39:55.60Pace7:59.12ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin.
Leg 5:
Distance2.000Time17:02.20Pace8:31.10ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, do not remember if anybody else was with us.

Joybees 1 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.001.2512.25

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-08-31 08:39:02
Workout Totals: Distance12.250Time1:37:20.10Pace7:56.74
12 total. Did 1.25 down the canyon with Benjamin and William in 6:56. This is a PR for William. Easy runs, usual distances for everybody else if I remember right.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time8:31.00Pace8:41.43ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance1.250Time6:56.50Pace5:33.20ZoneVO2 Max Miles
With William and Benjamin.
Leg 3:
Distance7.770Time1:01:42.50Pace7:56.51ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin, part with William.
Leg 4:
Distance0.500Time4:50.50Pace9:41.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Benjamin, Matthew, Bella, and Maddy.
Leg 5:
Distance0.250Time2:46.80Pace11:07.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha, and Matthew.
Leg 6:
Distance1.500Time12:32.80Pace8:21.87ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella, do not remember who else.

Joybees 1 Miles: 12.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.870.001.000.5012.37

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-09-01 08:58:57
Workout Totals: Distance12.371Time1:38:24.30Pace7:57.27
Do not remember all of the details of the day. William ran 5:16 mile down the canyon. Joseph also stopped at the mile, though he was supposed to go longer. Jacob did 3 miles, do not remember his exact time, but after the first mile he crashed, and then in the last mile he crashed even worse. I think he got 16:54.

Benjamin did a 5 mile tempo. I ran the last mile with him. Do not remember his time, but he was running aroun 5:00 for the first 3, then around 5:30, and then 5:52. His spasm was really bad, he was stumbling every 10 steps or so. Watching him gave me some ideas of what might be wrong. I believe there is something wrong with the nervous system. When he gets tired somewhat, it really goes out of whack and his coordination deteriorates beyond what is normal for running fatigue.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time8:34.70Pace8:45.20ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 2:
Distance0.500Time2:39.80Pace5:19.60ZoneVO2 Max Miles
With Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 3:
Distance3.641Time29:07.80Pace8:00.03ZoneEasy Miles
Part with Joseph and William.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time5:52.60Pace5:52.60ZoneThreshold Miles
With Benjamin.
Leg 5:
Distance3.000Time24:04.10Pace8:01.37ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 6:
Distance0.250Time2:48.90Pace11:15.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.
Leg 7:
Distance2.000Time17:28.00Pace8:44.00ZoneEasy Miles
Leg 8:
Distance1.000Time7:48.40Pace7:48.40ZoneEasy Miles

Joybees 1 Miles: 12.37
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.500.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-09-02 09:20:39
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:36:38.40Pace8:03.20
12 total. Easy pace, usual distances for everybody.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time31:40.00Pace7:55.00
With Stephen and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance3.500Time28:07.00Pace8:02.00ZoneEasy Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.500Time28:07.00Pace8:02.00
Split 2:Distance0.500Time3:33.00Pace7:06.00ZoneMarathon Pace Miles
Cumilative:Distance4.000Time31:40.00Pace7:55.00
 
Leg 2:
Distance6.000Time47:33.50Pace7:55.58ZoneEasy Miles
Do not remember who this was with.
Leg 3:
Distance2.000Time17:24.90Pace8:42.45ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella.

Joybees 1 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
16.460.000.000.0016.46

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-09-03 06:00:42
Workout Totals: Distance16.456Time2:09:03.60Pace7:50.56
About 16 total. Paced the 1:40 group in the East Canyon half with Zach Talley. This is a small race, so we did not have much of a group. There were two girls with us for the first couple of miles, one of them was Lacie Mudrow, the other I am not sure, could be Brandy Lee based on the results, we will call her that. Brandy said she wanted to run 1:36. Lacie and Brandy sped up and took off. Zach and I ran alone for some time, then I suggested to him we should split - he would run the target 1:40 pace, while I would speed up and pace the slowest person that was headed for under 1:40. So I caught up to Lacie and Brandy. Then Brandy's pace ended up being too much for Lacie (I later learned her PR prior to this race was 2:00), so I stayed with Lacie. She gave it all she had and was on the ground afterwards, but the effort was worth it - she was able to run 1:39:40, a major PR.

I added 2 miles in the evening with Mary and Bella, and 0.25 with Leigha. Easy runs for the kids, sort of resting before Payson Onion Days 10 K on Monday.
Leg 1:
Distance0.685Time5:29.00Pace8:00.29ZoneEasy Miles
Distance before pacing.
Leg 2:
Distance13.109Time1:39:41.70Pace7:36.30ZoneEasy Miles
Pacing the East Canyon Half.
Leg 3:
Distance0.412Time3:17.90Pace8:00.34ZoneEasy Miles
Distance after pacing.
Leg 4:
Distance0.250Time2:57.70Pace11:50.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.
Leg 5:
Distance2.000Time17:37.30Pace8:48.65ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Joybees 1 Miles: 16.46
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.830.503.001.7578.08
Joybees 1 Miles: 78.08
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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