Breaking the Wall

August 07, 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 - 2015-07-31 07:06:45
Workout Totals: Distance14.146Time1:45:06.20Pace7:25.78
For an experiment decided to do a mile time trial again. Got slightly better sleep, and took a little 10 minute catnap on the floor in the afternoon the day before. Was able to run 5:19.4, a little bit faster, but I think the improvement was more solid than the clock shows. The wind caused quite noticeable variation of pace, I saw the difference of as much as 3 seconds per 200 between the good wind 200 and the bad wind one. Overall I felt stronger, more in control. Part of it may be attributed to the slower start in 77 instead of 74, but at the same time that 77 was 40/37. Benjamin paced me. Joseph and Jacob stayed home this time, I did not think it would be wise for them to run hard again the next day.

Splits were 77,77,82,81.

Kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.606Time13:18.90Pace8:17.35
Warm-up/strides with Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance1.050Time8:26.00Pace8:01.90
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:17.60Pace4:43.41
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:39.60Pace10:37.68
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:18.60Pace4:59.52
Split 5:Distance0.370Time3:37.10Pace9:46.76
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time5:19.40Pace5:19.40
Mile time trial.
Leg 3:Distance1.500Time13:44.60Pace9:09.73
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time28:56.20Pace7:14.05
With Joseph and Jacob, Jenny and Julia did the first 1.5. - they were on the move today. Benjamin ran with Stephen in the meantime.
Leg 5:Distance2.040Time16:08.40Pace7:54.71
With Benjamin and William on the little boy course. William closed with a 7:39 uphill mile and set a PR for the course.
Leg 6:Distance4.000Time27:38.70Pace6:54.68
With Benjamin. Half way through I suggested we should not get beat by little boys, so we ran the last 2 miles in 11:50, last mile uphill.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 14.15
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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