Breaking the Wall

January 27, 2020

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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: 252.01 Year: 252.01
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: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.003.0013.00

A.M. The kids ran on their own today, Benjamin was in charge. He ran 7, Jenny 3, Julia and Joseph 2, Jacob 1. I did a workout in the canyon. The purpose was to kick the "downhill respiratory panic reflex". So the workout was 3x1 mile down the steepest sections of the Provo Canyon I could get to within reasonable time from my house. The first interval was on the old highway from the 16 mark to the S mark. I did it in 5:02.1 compared to 5:26 in the Uneventful Provo River Half. Then I jogged 600 meters and did another one in 5:04.8. The same mile in the Uneventful was 5:29. Then I jogged 1300 meters and did the last one. I felt I was getting tired, and it also had less of a downhill (5:33 split in the Uneventful), so I was thinking it would be good to break 5:10. But I decided to do the first quarter in 75 anyway and see how long I could last. To my surprise, I pretty much lasted all the way with 5:01.2 split. I tried to break 5:00, but did not have the juice. I was actually quite surprised because I did it in 4:52 fresh racing Benjamin last week, and this time alone and with it being the third mile it was not that much slower.

Overall this was a good workout. It taught me to not panic when the breathing gets hard and just push through it. I will repeat it next week. Total of 13 miles.

P.M. Julia ran 0.3 with William. 

Green Crocs 4 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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