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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
59.002.003.003.0067.00
Black Crocs 2023 Miles: 64.00
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 - 2023-09-04 08:40:03
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:31:50.80Pace7:39.23
12 total. Easy runs.
Leg 1:
Distance10.000Time1:14:29.20Pace7:26.92ZoneEasy Miles
Part with the kids, part alone.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time17:21.60Pace8:40.80ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Black Crocs 2023 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 - 2023-09-05 10:00:36
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:36:26.40Pace8:02.20
12 total. Easy runs.
Leg 1:
Distance4.000Time31:21.10Pace7:50.27ZoneEasy Miles
With Stephen and Matthew.
Leg 2:
Distance6.000Time46:59.60Pace7:49.93ZoneEasy Miles
I think I ran this mostly alone.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time9:55.20Pace9:55.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time8:10.50Pace8:10.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Black Crocs 2023 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
9.000.003.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-09-06 08:36:20
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:59.70Pace7:49.97
12 total. Did a 3 mile tempo run down the canyon in 17:43. Better result. Started with Joseph, Bonnie, and Matthew. Took Matthew to 2 miles in 11:47, repeat of a PR. Bonnie ran 11:52. Joseph picked up in the last quarter and ran 17:35. Jacob did 8x0.125 starting in 31, and working his way up to 27.8 on the last one.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time7:51.30Pace8:00.92ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time17:43.40Pace5:54.47
Tempo run.
Split 1:Distance2.000Time11:47.20Pace5:53.60ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time11:47.20Pace5:53.60
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:56.20Pace5:56.20ZoneThreshold Miles
Cumilative:Distance3.000Time17:43.40Pace5:54.47
 
Leg 3:
Distance6.020Time49:57.80Pace8:17.97ZoneEasy Miles
Distance/cool-down.
Leg 4:
Distance1.000Time9:56.20Pace9:56.20ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha, Mary, and Bella.
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time8:31.00Pace8:31.00ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Black Crocs 2023 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
2.000.000.000.002.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-09-07 20:58:53
Workout Totals: Distance2.000Time18:50.20Pace9:25.10
Total of 12. The watch was out of power this morning, so the 10 mile run did not get recorded.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time10:05.30Pace10:05.30ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 2:
Distance1.000Time8:44.90Pace8:44.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Black Crocs 2023 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
11.002.000.000.0013.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-09-08 08:40:21
Workout Totals: Distance13.000Time1:44:11.60Pace8:00.89
13 total. Paced Stephen for 2 miles in 13:25.
Leg 1:
Distance1.950Time17:15.30Pace8:50.92ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance2.000Time13:25.60Pace6:42.80ZoneMarathon Pace Miles
Paced Stephen.
Leg 3:
Distance7.050Time55:55.30Pace7:55.93ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time17:35.40Pace8:47.70ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and 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
13.000.000.003.0016.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2023-09-09 08:12:43
Workout Totals: Distance16.000Time1:59:52.10Pace7:29.51
16 total. Did a 3 mile tempo down the canyon in 17:20. Chad was a bit quicker in the last half mile and ran 17:18. Joseph had 17:05. William did 2 in 11:47, Bonny 11:48. Jacob did 8x0.125 starting in 31 and ending in 28.
Leg 1:
Distance2.050Time16:25.60Pace8:00.78ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance3.000Time17:20.50Pace5:46.83ZoneVO2 Max Miles
3 mile interval down the canyon.
Leg 3:
Distance8.950Time1:09:15.20Pace7:44.27ZoneEasy Miles
Distance with Chad, part with the kids.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time16:50.80Pace8:25.40ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.

Black Crocs 2023 Miles: 16.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
59.002.003.003.0067.00
Black Crocs 2023 Miles: 64.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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