Breaking the Wall

October 22, 2019

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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: 163.70 Year: 3089.36
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.002.000.0010.50

A.M. Ran with the kids. 3 with Jenny. 2 with Joseph. 1 with Jacob. The rest myself. Carried weights for 2 miles. Did a pickup for 1.5 in 8:07, and then one more for 0.5 at the end. Total of 10. Benjamin did 3.

P.M. Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, and Julia ran in the 3 K cross country race at the Kiwani's Park. Benjamin was still having problems from the cold, and his wrist was still hurting. So I told him to just go out with the leader, if he felt the pace was way too slow, just go ahead, but otherwise sit and wait for the kick. With how he was feeling, I was not sure he'd be able to do even that, and neither was Benjamin, but I told him to try his faith. If it was the Lord's will for him to win, he would, but he would not know unless he was willing to give the Lord a chance.  He did as he was instructed. His competition was Garth Gardner - they dropped everybody else almost immediately. With 600 to go Benjamin was able to shift gears and win with 10:54. Garth got 11:04. 

Joseph won the sub-Bantam division in 14:12. Jacob was third with 15:36. Julia was a bit hesitant to run hard because of a stomach ache, so I told her to just go and run with Jacob. She did, and finished in 15:37 in 4th place in the Bantam Girls - it was only 22 seconds slower than the winning time. I told her next time just to go hard and win the Bantam Girls. Also, to try to not get beat by Joseph. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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