Breaking the Wall

December 12, 2018

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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



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.


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: 3593.46
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: 987.95
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-02-01 08:16:18
Workout Totals: Distance15.195Time1:50:58.40Pace7:18.20
Did 3 in the morning with Jenny, William, Joseph, and Jacob - the boys ran ahead a bit. In the afternoon did 8x0.625 in the canyon, first 4 up, last 4 down. The recovery was 0.125 jog. There was extra rest between the 5th and the 6th interval due to a VPB. Then I ran 2.04 with Jenny, Stephen, our neighbor Bonnie, Joseph, and Jacob. Joseph and Jacob ran ahead in the second half. Then we had the same company replacing Stephen with Sarah and Matthew for 1 more mile. Joseph, Jacob, and I paced Matthew to a 7:55.0 mile on the little boy course (out and back). We had a hard time recently getting him focused, but the boys thought of a new trick which worked wonders today - they encouraged Matthew to play the Corvette game - he pretended he was a Corvette, and we made the appropriate engine noises. Afterwards we showed him a video of a Corvette speed run getting up to 200 mph.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:37.00Pace7:52.33
With William, Jenny, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance1.640Time12:11.70Pace7:26.16
Leg 3:Distance5.875Time38:24.00Pace6:32.17
Workout - 8x0.625
Split 1:Distance0.625Time3:42.70Pace5:56.32
Split 2:Distance0.125Time1:15.70Pace10:05.60
Split 3:Distance0.625Time3:42.80Pace5:56.48
Split 4:Distance0.125Time1:25.40Pace11:23.20
Split 5:Distance0.625Time3:43.70Pace5:57.92
Split 6:Distance0.125Time1:27.50Pace11:40.00
Split 7:Distance0.625Time3:44.50Pace5:59.20
Split 8:Distance0.125Time1:30.80Pace12:06.40
Split 9:Distance0.625Time3:29.80Pace5:35.68
Split 10:Distance0.125Time1:12.70Pace9:41.60
Split 11:Distance0.625Time3:27.60Pace5:32.16
Split 12:Distance0.125Time1:19.60Pace10:36.80
Split 13:Distance0.625Time3:27.80Pace5:32.48
Split 14:Distance0.125Time1:23.60Pace11:08.80
Split 15:Distance0.625Time3:29.80Pace5:35.68
Leg 4:Distance1.640Time12:38.60Pace7:42.56
Leg 5:Distance2.040Time16:12.10Pace7:56.52
With Stephen, Bonnie, Jenny, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:55.00Pace7:55.00
With Matthew, Joseph, and Jacob. Bonnie, Sarah and Jenny ran a bit slower in 8:28.

Red Crocs Miles: 15.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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