Breaking the Wall

August 18, 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: 160.46 Year: 2462.47
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1263.81
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-04-15 11:35:47
Workout Totals: Distance15.500Time1:54:30.20Pace7:23.24
This morning our whole family went to a baptism. We met a couple - their names are Todd and Elena - at Sprouts last week. Elena is a Russian immigrant. They told us they were getting baptized and invited us to their baptism.

So we ran a bit later. Benjamin and I did 15 miles with two tempos in the middle that were supposed to be light, but I felt good, so they ended up being quite fast. The first one was 2 miles uphill in 11:49 (5:55, 5:54), second 2 miles down in 10:59 (5:32, 5:27). The wind was blowing into the canyon, but with Benjamin's help I was able to deal with it in the second tempo. Last quarter was 79.

Younger kids ran their usual distances.

Today I felt more energy than normal. I did an experiment - decided to make sure I eat one sweet potato a day - started a couple of days ago. I recall in 2003 for a couple of months I ate one of those daily and that coincided with a running breakthrough. I am wondering if perhaps sweet potatoes have some nutrients that I naturally lack. I will try this for a few months to see what happens.
Leg 1:Distance15.000Time1:49:44.70Pace7:18.98
With Benjamin, part with Joseph.
Split 1:Distance2.280Time18:00.70Pace7:53.99
With Benjamin and Joseph - easy.
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:49.20Pace5:54.60
Tempo uphill - Joseph ran the first 300 or so.
Split 3:Distance5.630Time45:02.90Pace8:00.09
Split 4:Distance2.000Time10:59.60Pace5:29.80
Tempo downhill.
Split 5:Distance3.090Time23:52.30Pace7:43.53
Back to the house.
Leg 2:Distance0.500Time4:45.50Pace9:31.00
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 1 Miles: 15.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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