Breaking the Wall

January 27, 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: 252.01 Year: 252.01
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-10-08 08:34:50
Workout Totals: Distance11.975Time1:28:48.20Pace7:24.94
Benjamin and I did a workout today. Total of 12. A short warm-up, then 4x1 mile down the canyon with a quick 0.125 recovery. The target for me was to start at 5:20 and then try not to bleed too much. For Benjamin 5:00 pace. Recovery target pace was 8:00, so 1 minute. So essentially a 4 mile tempo, but with some mental trickery built-in to try to make the brain believe the body was not quite as tired.

Benjamin got 4:58, 50 recovery, then he miscalculated and ran only 0.875 at 4:53 pace, 52 recovery, then 1.125 at 5:05 pace, then I think 56 recovery, and 4:57 for the last mile - total time for 4.375 - 22:37 - which comes out to 5:10 average for everything including the jogging.

I did 5:20/52/5:23/55/5:32/1:00/5:34 - total of 24:38, average pace 5:37.8. I was losing steam in the last 0.5. Probably due to some lack of sleep over the last week - I missed pretty much the full night Tue/Wed, then I got up in the middle of the night Wed/Thu and took Bella for a drive. I did make up some via naps and sleeping in, but not enough - so I think that is what I was feeling. All in all it was a decent workout for both of us.

Younger kids ran their usual Saturday distances with Jenny and Julia being in charge of the runs.
Leg 1:Distance1.600Time13:17.50Pace8:18.44
Leg 2:Distance4.375Time24:38.20Pace5:37.87
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:20.30Pace5:20.30
Split 2:Distance0.125Time0:52.40Pace6:59.20
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:23.10Pace5:23.10
Split 4:Distance0.125Time0:55.70Pace7:25.60
Split 5:Distance1.000Time5:32.50Pace5:32.50
Split 6:Distance0.125Time0:59.90Pace7:59.20
Split 7:Distance1.000Time5:34.30Pace5:34.30
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time27:58.20Pace9:19.40
Cool-down to the car.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time22:54.30Pace7:38.10
More distance at home.

Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 11.97
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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