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 - 2017-06-28 07:45:33
Workout Totals: Distance10.516Time1:17:22.70Pace7:21.49
Today we had some time trials. They wore me out. First I paced William through 3000 in 12:34.7 (4:13,4:12,4:09). That was a PR for him. Then I paced Jacob through 3000 in 11:10.4 (3:41,3:47,3:42). Also a PR. This was a good run for him. He had a panic attack after 1 mile like he did at the regionals, but this time I was running with him and was able to talk him through it. When he got to 600 to go he was able to work it out, sped up from 92-93 panic attack pace first to 88, and then ran the last 200 in 39. This now gives him a reason to believe that he has power over those feelings.

And now I had to pace Joseph to a sub-5:30 mile. I pulled him through the first lap in 79, and then my legs started to give out. He noticed and passed me. I was able to run the pace from behind and we ran 83 for the second lap. In the third lap I did not feel I could go further, but I wanted to do my best to help Joseph get his record. We traded leads and were able to run 84. In the last lap we both kicked. Finally by the home stretch I felt like I was actually pacing rather than merely trying to survive. Our last lap was 79. The time was 5:28.0. The balance goes towards the rounding error and the 9.34 meter tax.

Joseph earned the privilege to drive a car in a parking lot. Later in the evening I took him. He naturally was awkward at the wheel, but he always hit the breaks in time and did not crash into anything.

Stephen did 400 in 95.8 - did not have much juice in him today.

Usual distances for everybody more or less today.
Leg 1:Distance0.950Time8:17.60Pace8:43.79
Leg 2:Distance1.864Time12:34.70Pace6:44.88
William's 3000.
Leg 3:Distance1.864Time11:10.40Pace5:59.66
Jacob's 3000.
Leg 4:Distance0.250Time2:31.30Pace10:05.20
A little jog.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time5:28.00Pace5:28.00
Joseph's mile.
Leg 6:Distance0.250Time2:41.90Pace10:47.60
Recovery jog.
Leg 7:Distance0.248Time1:35.80Pace6:26.29
Stephen's 400.
Leg 8:Distance1.050Time8:49.60Pace8:24.38
Back to the house.
Leg 9:Distance1.000Time8:17.30Pace8:17.30
With Jacob (I think).
Leg 10:Distance2.040Time15:56.10Pace7:48.68

Camouflage Crocs 2 Miles: 10.52
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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