Breaking the Wall

February 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: 155.37 Year: 492.80
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

A.M. Ran with the kids - Benjamin 3, Jenny and Julia 2, Joseph 1, and Jacob - 0.5. Little did I know that this would be Jacob's last run for a long time. Later in the evening he broke his leg while wrestling with his brothers. So we are now in an emergency mode as he is not able to move and requires constant care. We've never had anybody break a limb yet, I suppose there is always a time for first. Now every morning when I take the kids for their runs Jacob is not there. But at least he is alive, in the house, amazingly in good spirits even thought he cannot move his leg without extreme pain, and should be more or less to normal in a couple of months. It could have been much worse, But I still miss him. 

Total run was 13.4. Did 4x1000 with 200 recovery - 3:14.9 down - 3:25.3 up - 3:18.1 down - 3:22.5 up. Felt OK, but not the best.

Gold Crocs 2 Miles: 13.40
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
From Kory on Thu, May 05, 2011 at 21:52:45 from

What type of break is it? Straight break or jagged break. Did it require any screws.

From Burt on Thu, May 05, 2011 at 22:03:11 from

Oh, bummer for Jacob.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 06, 2011 at 16:15:30 from


It was more than just a hairline fracture, bad enough to need a splint, but it did not need screws. He is wearing a splint that ER put on, on Tuesday he has a doctor's appointment to see how it is doing, and will likely need a cast. But I am praying for it to heal well enough before then that he will not.

From Kory on Fri, May 06, 2011 at 17:26:27 from

Mark 9:23

Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

I will pray for complete healing as well.

If you would pray for my fun run/race tomorrow. I want to have fun and go somewhat fast (7 minute pace maybe high 6 for one mile) but have fun and not hurt.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 06, 2011 at 17:59:35 from

Kory - will do.

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