Breaking the Wall

April 18, 2019

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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: 149.54 Year: 1102.51
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 987.95
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.000.000.5012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-01-23 08:15:24
Workout Totals
DistanceTimePace
12.0001:36:58.208:04.85
Total of 12. A stomach bug is visiting our family. Appears to be of the one day variety involving the loss of appetite, inability to digest, vomiting, etc. First Matthew got it, then it moved to others. Stephen and I are the only one who managed to miss it - sort of. I noticed the symptoms of reduced appetite and decided to cut down food intake to the minimum needed to get by with the idea to starve the bug down before it starves me down. Benjamin did 9, Jenny did not run, Julia 2, Joseph 4, Jacob and William did not run.
Leg 1
DistanceTimePaceComment
435:58.20.8:59.55With Benjamin and Joseph. Joseph struggled with the pace. When he got home he had reduced appetite and stomach pain but did not throw up.
Split#DistanceTimePaceComment
14.00035:58.208:59.55
Leg 2
DistanceTimePaceComment
0.54:04.10.8:08.20With Benjamin on the little boy course.
Split#DistanceTimePaceComment
10.5004:04.108:08.20
Leg 3
DistanceTimePaceComment
0.52:28.70.4:57.40Did a pickup with Benjamin on the little boy course. It is a slight downhill but has three turns, two of them cannot be taken wide. I suffered but did not get dropped.
Split#DistanceTimePaceComment
10.5002:28.704:57.40
Leg 4
DistanceTimePaceComment
432:33.90.8:08.48Julia ran the first mile with us. Then she was feeling tired and turned around. Benjamin and I continued. Towards the end Benjamin started to feel unusually tired. He also picked up the bug.
Split#DistanceTimePaceComment
14.00032:33.908:08.48
Leg 5
DistanceTimePaceComment
321:53.30.7:17.77Alone.
Split#DistanceTimePaceComment
13.00021:53.307:17.77
Leg 6
DistanceTimePaceComment
00:00.00.0:00.00Accidentally pressed the button. Need the split delete feature in the Fast Running Friend but everything in the due order - a good GPS driver first.
Split#DistanceTimePaceComment
10.0000:00.000:00.00
20.0000:00.000:00.00

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