Breaking the Wall

May 23, 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 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: 149.44 Year: 1460.80
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: 2133.34
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-06-24 07:54:35
Workout Totals: Distance14.720Time2:05:08.50Pace8:30.09
One more day in Boise. We stayed with Sasha and Holly Bazarski with the overflow going to their friends' house nearby. I ran around 14.5 miles - some with the kids, some without. Sasha accompanied me for most of it on a bike.

In the afternoon the boys raced in the 800:

Joseph 2:30.03 (36,39,37,38) PR 2nd place, qualified for the Scout Camp (and the nationals).

Jacob 2:34.40 (38,40,39,37) PR 4th, good development, revenge against yesterday's panic in the 3000, qualified for the nationals.

William 2:59.50 (39,45,48,47) 9th place, did not qualify (had to run 2:43 to make top 5), mentally quit once he saw he was not going to make it. Need to work on the positive attitude, he struggles with it. Fortunately we have some time, he is only 8.

Stephen 3:17.70 PR 2nd place (though out of only 2), qualified, splits 42,49,50,54. Not too bad considering he repeated his 200 PR in the first 200. But I think if he had some pressure from behind or a target in front, or just focused, the last 200 could have been at least 50.
Leg 1:Distance0.540Time4:56.30Pace9:08.70
With the all of the regionals gang minus Julia and Stephen + Holly's daughter Irina.
Leg 2:Distance0.540Time4:46.70Pace8:50.93
Dropped off William.
Leg 3:Distance0.540Time5:30.30Pace10:11.67
With Jenny, Holly, and Irina.
Leg 4:Distance6.000Time47:24.10Pace7:54.02
With Jenny running, and Sasha Bazarsky on a bike.
Leg 5:Distance3.000Time23:46.10Pace7:55.37
With Julia running and Sasha on a bike.
Leg 6:Distance4.100Time29:53.20Pace7:17.37
With Sasha on a bike.
Leg 7:Distance0.000Time3:18.30Pace0:00.00
Timing Stephen.
Leg 8:Distance0.000Time2:59.30Pace0:00.00
Timing William.
Leg 9:Distance0.000Time2:34.20Pace0:00.00
Timing Joseph and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time2:30.00Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:04.20Pace0:00.00

Camouflage Crocs 2 Miles: 14.72
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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