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 - 2014-10-28 08:12:49
Workout Totals: Distance12.436Time1:39:34.50Pace8:00.42
Total of 12. Benjamin ran 800 meter time trial in 2:10.0 - new PR. I was happy with that since we had done no middle distance speed training in about 6 months. It was also windy. The big positive was that he opened in 61.3 and felt reasonably comfortable. Then a big bear jumped on him, which I was actually expecting and I know how to fix - middle distance work. I am sensing, though, that what he needs is 12x400 with 200 recovery in 70 seconds down the canyon. Cannot quite verbalize why exactly, but the basic idea is to connect raw speed and general endurance with a bridge of sorts.

Benjamin was very tired after the 800 and ran only 6. Julia had a foot problem and ran only 1.5. Other kids ran their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.616Time13:42.90Pace8:29.22
Warm-up with Benjamin, two 100 meter strides.
Split 1:Distance1.050Time8:35.00Pace8:10.48
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:16.30Pace4:22.90
Split 3:Distance0.062Time0:43.00Pace11:33.55
Split 4:Distance0.062Time0:16.60Pace4:27.74
Split 5:Distance0.380Time3:52.00Pace10:10.53
Leg 2:Distance0.280Time2:10.00Pace7:44.29
Benjamin's 800. Splits are below. I ran back and forth on the diagonal to take/announce the splits.
Split 1:Distance0.070Time0:30.20Pace7:11.43
Split 2:Distance0.070Time0:31.10Pace7:24.29
Split 3:Distance0.070Time0:34.70Pace8:15.71
Split 4:Distance0.070Time0:34.00Pace8:05.71
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time10:01.40Pace10:01.40
Cool-down with Benjamin. He was wiped out after that 800. I was concerned that with the cold weather, the wind, and the fatigue he might get sick, so I had him rest afterwards and run less today than we planned. He ran the remaining miles alone after some rest.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:27.10Pace7:49.03
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time8:28.60Pace8:28.60
With William.
Leg 6:Distance0.500Time5:03.40Pace10:06.80
With Stephen.
Leg 7:Distance3.000Time21:33.00Pace7:11.00
From carshop to the house.
Leg 8:Distance2.040Time15:08.10Pace7:25.15
Extra distance alone.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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