Breaking the Wall

August 23, 2017

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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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: 166.57 Year: 2238.03
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 606.85
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Camouflage Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 938.88
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 111.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.780.0010.000.0013.78

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-08-08 08:15:36
Workout Totals: Distance13.780Time1:31:27.70Pace6:38.24
Kids ran their usual distances on their own today. I did a workout - warm up to the Press Building, then an out and back tempo 10 mile tempo on the trail (5 up/5 down), then back to the house.

Total time was 1:00:50 (6:05 average).
Splits: 6:13, 6:20, 6:25, 6:31, 6:20, 5:49, 5:48, 5:51, 5:49, 5:44

This was a tough workout and I did it out of plain fear. I am getting older. In some ways my memory is getting worse, but I am able to see a larger time span as a whole and evaluate some things with a better perspective. So I vividly remembered what the last 10 K of Top of Utah feels like and wanted to be prepared for it. I also vividly remembered that when I am not yet fit, going over 20 for the long run makes me even less fit, and so does a longer than 10 mile tempo. So I decided to do a mid-week 10 mile tempo, something I had not done in a while. Logistically I could not make it happen without doing half of it uphill. I was reluctant but I just bit the bullet and went for it.
Leg 1:Distance1.640Time12:18.20Pace7:30.12
Warm-up.
Leg 2:Distance10.000Time1:00:50.60Pace6:05.06
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance1.640Time14:13.10Pace8:40.18
Back to the house.
Leg 4:Distance0.500Time4:05.80Pace8:11.60
With Matthew.

Red Crocs Miles: 13.78
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From steve ash on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 20:13:03 from 67.2.69.53

Your consistency over the years will be the decisive factor. Nobody can take that away from you.

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