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 - 2015-11-10 07:48:19
Workout Totals: Distance12.718Time1:41:02.00Pace7:56.65
Today, Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, and I did a 200 time trial. The day was not the best for it, it was cold and the track was wet. Sometimes you can go fast on a wet track, but today was not one of those days - I think maybe the little ice particles is what made the difference. We noticed something was funny during the strides I could not go faster than 16.4, and Benjamin was stuck at 14.4. Things got a little better in the 200. Benjamin was able to run 27.6, I ran 32.3 in my second attempt - the first one was 32.8. I also paced Joseph to a 34.9, and Jacob to 36.8. They both should have been much faster than that as well.

Then we ran some extra distance. Kids ran their usual distances otherwise.
Leg 1:Distance1.744Time15:20.90Pace8:48.04
Warm-up, strides.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time8:44.20Pace8:44.20
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:16.40Pace4:24.52
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:44.30Pace11:54.52
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:16.40Pace4:24.52
Split 5:Distance0.062Time0:52.60Pace14:08.39
Split 6:Distance0.062Time0:16.80Pace4:30.97
Split 7:Distance0.062Time0:57.50Pace15:27.42
Split 8:Distance0.062Time0:16.60Pace4:27.74
Split 9:Distance0.310Time2:56.10Pace9:28.06
Leg 2:Distance0.124Time0:34.90Pace4:41.45
Joseph's 200.
Leg 3:Distance0.124Time1:13.60Pace9:53.55
Leg 4:Distance0.124Time0:36.80Pace4:56.77
Jacob's 200.
Leg 5:Distance0.124Time1:04.90Pace8:43.39
Leg 6:Distance0.070Time0:27.60Pace6:34.29
Benjamin's 200 - I ran the diagonal to time him.
Leg 7:Distance0.370Time3:24.10Pace9:11.62
Some jogging with Benjamin.
Leg 8:Distance0.124Time0:32.80Pace4:24.52
My time trial - first attempt.
Leg 9:Distance0.250Time2:23.00Pace9:32.00
A lap jog.
Leg 10:Distance0.124Time0:32.30Pace4:20.48
My second attempt, Benjamin ran it with me. It went better.
Leg 11:Distance2.500Time17:35.40Pace7:02.16
Extra distance with Benjamin,Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 12:Distance3.000Time23:58.60Pace7:59.53
With Benjamin. I think we had Jenny with us as well.
Leg 13:Distance1.000Time9:04.30Pace9:04.30
With Stephen, William and Julia. Maybe Jenny also.
Leg 14:Distance1.000Time8:15.10Pace8:15.10
With William and Julia.
Leg 15:Distance2.040Time15:57.70Pace7:49.46
With Julia.

White Crocs 2 Miles: 12.72
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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