Breaking the Wall

December 03, 2020

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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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: 304.65 Year: 3606.17
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: 806.96
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.560.0013.270.0018.83

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-08-08 06:23:32
Workout Totals: Distance1.100Time9:19.50Pace8:28.64
Provo River Half Marathon, 1:17:24, 3rd place. The course was changed and as a result of a mistake 0.16 was added to the distance. Nate Clayson won with 1:11:01. Benjamin led most of the race, but then lost enough steam to get passed around mile 10 and finished in 1:11:36. The new course in addition to being longer, was also slower due to more uphill.

The mile markers were not reliable (I'll make sure they are next year). So the splits were rather approximate. I sampled a 5:44 mile and 17:15 3 miles off Provo City Half markers for what it was worth - that was from about mile 2 to about mile 5. The standard uphill mile was 6:33 on the way up, and around 5:50 on the way down. The 3 mile stretch from Nun's Park to the mouth of the canyon was 17:29. From those splits I knew that the time should have been around 1:16 low on the old course, so I decided to do a quick check with Google Maps, and sure enough there was about 0.16 of extra distance, worth a little less than a minute.

Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, and Julia ran to meet us at the finish. Benjamin, Jenny and Julia then ran back to the house on their own, Joseph and Jacob took a long route with me. Joseph, Jacob, and Jenny did 5, Julia a little over 3, other kids their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.100Time9:19.50Pace8:28.64
Warm-up.
Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-08-08 06:55:16
Workout Totals: Distance17.730Time1:51:05.30Pace6:15.93
 
Leg 1:Distance13.270Time1:17:25.00Pace5:50.04
The race.
Leg 2:Distance3.460Time26:03.10Pace7:31.76
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:37.20Pace7:37.20
With William. This was funny - I got home very tired from the race and the distance afterwards. Sarah's back was hurting, so I massaged it before I thought I was going to shower and eat breakfast. Then William tells me he still has one more mile left. And then on top of that he decides to run the last half mile in 3:28. Good thing he is only 6.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 18.83
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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