Breaking the Wall

August 03, 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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
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: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2015-02-10 09:24:08
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:33:47.10Pace7:48.93
Total of 12. Took a step of faith the night before in attacking the stomach problem. I have not been able to eat much over the last couple of days, so I had to do something about it. So I decided to attempt eating dinner - spaghetti with ground turkey. I took a priobiotic enzyme pill, then spiced the plate with cayenne pepper, and ate very slowly - it took me an hour to eat the plate. But I did win the battle - it went through, I did not throw it up, I felt the energy coming and the strength returning, my stomach cleared out over the night, the sore throat got less sore, and by the morning I felt like I could do full mileage with a little bit of fast running.

So I gave Benjamin an assignment to run 2 miles down the canyon at 5:10 pace, and tried to keep up with him for the first mile. He did the first mile in 5:00. I could only keep up with him for about 600 meters, and finished my mile in 5:20. I could feel that I had no fuel - as expected. Benjamin felt good in the first mile, but not so good in the second, but he slowed down only to 5:11. From his description I think he was limited by the lack of adrenaline brought on by dealing with the sore throat the week before.

Joseph and Jacob did 3, William 1, Stephen 0.5, Jenny 4, Julia 2.
Leg 1:Distance4.700Time38:09.30Pace8:07.09
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.300Time32:37.50Pace7:35.23
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:20.10Pace5:20.10
Quick mile. Benjamin did 2 in 10:11 (5:00, 5:11)
Split 2:Distance3.300Time27:17.40Pace8:16.18
Cool down with Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance3.000Time23:00.30Pace7:40.10
With Joseph and Jacob.

White Crocs 1 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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