Breaking the Wall

August 17, 2018

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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 0.00 Year: 2339.68
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 268.74
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.050.000.000.0012.05

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-01-09 07:51:12
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.050 1:58:37.70 9:50.68
Another slippery day. Total of 12. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 2, Julia 1, Joseph and Jacob 2, William 1.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.05 22:08.60. 10:48.10  
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.050 22:08.60 10:48.10  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
7 1:06:42.70. 9:31.81 With Benjamin. Discussed his Math 314 and 334 homework. Derived the formula for midpoint coordinates of a segment, reviewed normal vectors, proved L'Hopital's rule, reviewed the derivation of scalar product as a function of absolute values and the cosine of the angle between them from the law of cosines. We are still at the level where I can teach him in Math 314 (Mutlivariable Calculus), in 334 (Ordinary Differential Equations) I am remembering things as he is learning them, pretty soon I'll be just learning alongside. But it sure feels good to drop your kid off at college - he has to be dropped off because he is still too young to drive.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 7.000 1:06:42.70 9:31.81  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
3 29:46.40. 9:55.47  
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 29:46.40 9:55.47 Alone. This was quite remarkable. The traction was bad enough for me to barely break 10:00 pace.

Green Crocs 6 Miles: 12.05
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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