Breaking the Wall

October 14, 2019

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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: 78.87 Year: 3004.53
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: 22.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-01-07 08:40:36
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.100 1:33:44.40 7:44.83
Total of 12. Benjamin did 9.5, Jenny 1, Julia was sick, did not run, Joseph got a cough, so we turned around early, he did only 1.1, Jacob did 2.1, William 1. Benjamin and I did a workout 2x2 miles in the Provo Canyon. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.1 17:51.00. 8:30.00 With Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob. We dropped Joseph off after 1.1.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.100 9:43.90 8:50.82 Joseph was coughing, so we turned around early.
2 1.000 8:07.10 8:07.10 Jacob was quite feisty towards the end.
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.5 12:39.50. 8:26.33 Warm-up to the start of the tempo.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.500 12:39.50 8:26.33  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
2 12:17.30. 6:08.65 Up the Provo Canyon. Got some headwind. First mile was 6:03. In the second mile Benjamin dropped me, but he could only run 6:06 himself. He was quite frustrated afterwards and did not want to do a second repeat.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.000 12:17.30 6:08.65  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 4:48.30. 9:36.60 During the recovery jog I convinced Benjamin he needed to rise about the frustration and work on mental toughness. I said I did not care if he ran it in 11:20, but he needed to start and finish the downhill/downwind repeat.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 4:48.30 9:36.60  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
2 10:56.10. 5:28.05 Benjamin surprised me here. He found the toughness to do it, and to do it fast. He dropped me shortly before the end of the first mile, which he did in 5:17 - I had 5:19. In the second mile he sped up while I slowed down. He ended up with 10:31. He later told me he said a prayer that he would have the mental strength to finish the workout, and then he ran with faith.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.000 10:56.10 5:28.05  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.5 13:50.80. 9:13.87 Cool-down to the house.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.500 13:50.80 9:13.87  
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 9:28.80. 9:28.80 With William.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 9:28.80 9:28.80  
Leg 8
Distance Time Pace Comment
1.5 11:52.60. 7:55.07 Alone.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.500 11:52.60 7:55.07  

Green Crocs 6 Miles: 12.10
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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