Breaking the Wall

March 18, 2019

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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: 141.72 Year: 762.89
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
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1529.15
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-03-27 10:20:51
Workout Totals: Distance14.302Time1:45:59.20Pace7:24.64
Time trials today. Matthew had a historic run in the mile on the track - 7.17.8. Splits 1:40, 1:50, 1:54, 1:50. Older kids - all except Jenny and Benjamin, helped me pace him. This is a very solid family 5 and under record - the previous one - 7.27.5 was held by William and was set at the age of 5 years and 362 days. Matthew is only 5 years and 91 days. How manages to run so fast baffles me - he still cannot read, can be very moody and difficult to reason with, and often asks to be spoon-fed. But the Lord gave him a gift of speed and endurance.

Joseph, Jacob, and I cooperatively raced each other in the 3000. The plan was to work together and be as close as possible to 10:30. The result was 10:29.0 for me, 10:38.7 for Jacob (new PR, beating his sea-level PR at altitide by 18 seconds), and DNF for Joseph. Things to some extent did not go as planned. Joseph was able to help me from 500 to 900 but then got dropped around 1 K (3:27), then instead of just doing his best, got discouraged and stopped at 1800. Jacob helped me I think for about 200 somewhere around 1100 or so, but then struggled with the pace and got dropped shortly before 2 K. However, he toughed it out and finished with a huge PR. My split at 2 K was 7:00, Jacob was probably around 7:02. I was not feeling too worn out by the pace, but for some reason could not kick and just ran a steady 3:29 for the last 1 K.

Stephen ran 800 in 3:09 (90,99) - mostly mental failure in the second lap. He is probably not used to how bad it feels, so we will work on learning to be tough after 400. He also did 2x100 18.7, 18.4 - which is his PR.

William ran a PR for 400 in 77.8. But his opening splits were 17, 19, then he struggled in the last 200 with a 41. Then he did 2x100 17.1, 17.2. I think 17.1 is his PR.

Julia did 400 in 81.2 splitting 40,41, and ran 100 all out in 17.9. We need to work on learning how to sprint.

Jacob and I raced each other over 100 and tied with 15.1.
Leg 1:Distance2.200Time16:00.20Pace7:16.45
With Joseph and Jacob taking Bonnie to school.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time7:17.80Pace7:17.80
Matthew's mile time trial.
Leg 3:Distance0.498Time4:43.60Pace9:29.48
Warm up/strides with Joseph and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance0.062Time0:34.60Pace9:18.06
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:19.00Pace5:06.45
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:50.60Pace13:36.13
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:18.10Pace4:51.94
Split 5:Distance0.250Time2:41.30Pace10:45.20
Leg 4:Distance1.864Time10:38.70Pace5:42.65
3000 with Joseph and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance1.864Time10:29.00Pace5:37.45
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:09.70Pace0:00.00
Jacob's time.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:59.50Pace9:59.00
Recovery jog with Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance0.496Time3:09.20Pace6:21.45
Stephen's 800 time trial.
Leg 7:Distance0.248Time1:17.80Pace5:13.71
William's 400 time trial.
Leg 8:Distance0.248Time1:21.20Pace5:27.42
Julia's 400 time trial.
Leg 9:Distance0.062Time0:17.10Pace4:35.81
William's 100.
Leg 10:Distance0.062Time0:15.10Pace4:03.55
Racing Jacob in 100.
Leg 11:Distance0.062Time0:17.20Pace4:37.42
William's 100 try 2.
Leg 12:Distance0.062Time0:17.90Pace4:48.71
Julia's 100.
Leg 13:Distance1.000Time7:52.60Pace7:52.60
I think this was with William and/or Jacob.
Leg 14:Distance6.000Time47:31.30Pace7:55.22
With Jenny.

Brown Crocs 1 Miles: 14.30
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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