Breaking the Wall

August 04, 2020

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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 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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Neon Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-03-02 11:29:33
Workout Totals: Distance16.350Time2:05:47.50Pace7:41.62
Total of 16. Was tired today. Did not want to run, but made myself go. Ran the first 4 miles with Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie - they did a total of 8. Said a prayer during the run, asked the Lord to help me learn to enjoy running. Somehow managed to have run for 34 years without enjoying it. When I was younger, I had more raw willpower, and it did not matter that I did not like running that much. Now that I am older I need to learn to like it to keep running.

In answer to my prayer Armando showed up. He was able to run the first mile of the 3 mile tempo with me. I was tired, my legs were not moving, could barely run sub-6:00. It was raining/snowing, but not so bad to justify struggling so much to run so slow. But I did make it through the tempo, though I just wanted to stop after the first two miles.

Then I ran to the house with Armando - we shared some knowledge - I told him how I thought he could get faster and recover better, and he taught me how to properly say it in Spanish. 5 more with William and Stephen, took a nap, ate dinner, and ran another mile with Matthew.
Leg 1:Distance5.020Time40:09.80Pace8:00.04
Part with Joseph, Jacob, and Bonnie.
Leg 2:Distance5.330Time38:11.50Pace7:09.92
Tempo run + cool down with Armando.
Split 1:Distance3.000Time17:50.70Pace5:56.90
First mile with Armando, the rest alone down the canyon.
Split 2:Distance2.330Time20:20.80Pace8:43.95
Leg 3:Distance5.000Time39:40.70Pace7:56.14
With William and Stephen.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:45.50Pace7:45.50
With Matthew.

Navy Crocs Miles: 16.35
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From steve ash on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 11:24:01 from

Maybe look for some different running routes and explore? It always helps me when I get that way.

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