Breaking the Wall

January 15, 2021

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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: 107.61 Year: 107.61
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1276.97
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-04-09 08:34:01
Workout Totals: Distance13.090Time1:39:24.50Pace7:35.65
800 meter time trials for Joseph and Jacob. Joseph ran 2:46.7, Jacob 2:47.8. New PRs for both by 4 seconds. They opened with 40 at 200, then at 300 I told Joseph to go ahead because Jacob started to struggle. Joseph was 83 at 400, Jacob 84. Then Jacob was able to relax and held the pace better. At 600 Joseph had 2:07, Jacob 2:08. And then both of them had a furious kick in a little under 40 seconds for the last 200.

Matthew ran 100 meters in 47.8 - with Jenny dangling a fruit snack in front. Good result for a kid that does not yet talk.

Benjamin and I did a workout - Benjamin did a fartlek. The target was 200 in 34 followed by 200 in 30 15 times, he was not as fast on the fast 200s hitting them in around 36, but on the slow ones he was fast running them around 25-26 seconds. I did a tempo 3 miles in 16:35 with the splits of 5:25, 5:36, 5:34. When I caught up to Benjamin he joined me and finished with me.
Leg 1:Distance0.900Time7:48.20Pace8:40.22
Warm-up with Jenny, Joseph, Jacob, and William on foot, and Stephen and Matthew in the stroller.
Leg 2:Distance0.062Time0:47.80Pace12:50.97
Matthew's time trial.
Leg 3:Distance0.120Time1:01.50Pace8:32.50
A jog with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 4:Distance0.498Time2:47.80Pace5:36.95
Joseph and Jacob's 800 time trial. When Joseph pulled away I stayed with Jacob and timed Joseph from a distance.
Split 1:Distance0.495Time2:46.70Pace5:36.77
Joseph's time.
Split 2:Distance0.003Time0:01.10Pace6:06.67
Finishing with Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance0.950Time8:13.20Pace8:39.16
Back to the house with the gang. Stephen and Matthew in the stroller.
Leg 6:Distance5.280Time42:40.00Pace8:04.85
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 7:Distance3.000Time16:35.40Pace5:31.80
Tempo run.
Leg 8:Distance2.280Time19:30.60Pace8:33.42
Cool-down with Benjamin.

Nike Double Stroller Miles: 1.90White Crocs 1 Miles: 13.09
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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