Breaking the Wall

January 24, 2021

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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: 225.16 Year: 225.16
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: 1359.62
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-10-25 10:26:46
Workout Totals: Distance20.293Time2:23:40.00Pace7:04.78
Total of 20. Benjamin did 11.5, Joseph did 4, Jacob 3, William 1, Stephen 0.6, Julia 2, Jenny 4. We did a time trial at the Orem High Track. Joseph got a PR in 2000 - 7:39.8, Jacob got a PR in the mile - 6:10.2
Leg 1:Distance0.072Time0:42.00Pace9:43.33
Leg 2:Distance0.062Time0:35.30Pace9:29.35
Stephen's botched 400 meter time trial.
Leg 3:Distance0.000Time0:01.80Pace0:00.00
Misfire of the button
Leg 4:Distance0.119Time1:01.50Pace8:36.81
Leg 5:Distance1.240Time7:39.80Pace6:10.81
Joseph and Jacob's time trial. Joseph ran 2000, Jacob did the mile. Both got breakthrough PRs. We opened with 91, then 94, and 92 - 4:37 at 1200. Then Jacob kicked in 90 and finished with a 12 second mile track PR. The balance went towards the 9.34 meter tax.

Joseph was smarter this time. When Jacob started to kick he hung back and ran a 92, but then kicked in 90 and was rewarded with a 16+ second 2000 PR. I was quite excited about this performance because this means that he should be able to break 12:00 in 3000 which is a right of passage of sorts, and a sub-20:00 5 K is knocking on the door as well.

Jacob's record is also quite significant. It is the fastest any of our kids have ever run at the age of 8, and it means that we will probably see a sub-6:00 before he is 9.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time6:10.30Pace6:10.30
Jacob's mile.
Split 2:Distance0.240Time1:29.50Pace6:12.92
The last 0.24. I eased off so that Joseph could catch up, then helped him kick.
Leg 6:Distance0.600Time5:50.00Pace9:43.33
With Stephen.
Leg 7:Distance2.000Time17:14.40Pace8:37.20
With Joseph and Jacob (Jacob ran only 1 mile).
Leg 8:Distance3.500Time26:47.10Pace7:39.17
With Benjamin - warm-up.
Leg 9:Distance8.000Time47:26.00Pace5:55.75
Death-march tempo run with Benjamin. It got a little warm, and it was in the middle of the day which made it hard. Benjamin was having stomach issues, I was just feeling tired. But we survived.
Leg 10:Distance4.700Time36:22.10Pace7:44.28
Death-march to get the car.

Black Crocs Miles: 20.29
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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