Breaking the Wall

July 02, 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: 291.02 Year: 1935.71
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: 805.63
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-05-04 07:50:17
Workout Totals: Distance19.376Time2:21:07.10Pace7:16.99
Total of 19 miles. First did 10 with Chad (Joseph and Jacob did 9.5) including 5 down the canyon in 28:31 (5:53, 5:50, 5:40, 5:40, 5:28). The plan was 5:55, 5:50, 5:45, 5:40, 5:35. Joseph did the first 3 in 17:23. Jacob did the last 3 starting 1 second behind, so he got 16:47, which is his new course PR. Joseph's last quarter was 81, so we took a break after that in 88, but then got back to pace. Jacob found 77 in the last quarter, which gave us 5:28 for the last mile.

Then I took Julia to the track while we were getting the oil changed in the van. She ran 1 mile in 6:43, and then 2x400 with full rest in 89 high.

Then later I took Matthew, Jenny, and Stephen to the canyon. First we ran 3 with Matthew - then Sarah picked up Matthew, Jenny and Stephen ran home, and I ran back to the car.
Leg 1:Distance2.480Time20:14.90Pace8:09.88
Warm-up with Joseph, Jacob, and Chad.
Leg 2:Distance5.000Time28:31.30Pace5:42.26
Tempo down the canyon with Chad, first 3 with Joseph, last 3 with Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance2.670Time21:55.70Pace8:12.77
Cool-down with Joseph, Jacob, and Chad.
Leg 4:Distance0.650Time5:48.50Pace8:56.15
Warm-up with Julia.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time6:43.90Pace6:43.90
1 mile on the track with Julia.
Leg 6:Distance0.248Time1:29.80Pace6:02.10
400 with Julia.
Leg 7:Distance0.248Time1:29.90Pace6:02.50
400 with Julia.
Leg 8:Distance0.900Time8:11.70Pace9:06.33
Cool-down with Julia.
Leg 9:Distance0.130Time1:05.40Pace8:23.08
Warm-up with Matthew, Jenny and Stephen.
Leg 10:Distance3.000Time23:25.10Pace7:48.37
With Matthew, Jenny, and Stephen.
Leg 11:Distance3.050Time22:10.90Pace7:16.36
Leg 12:Distance0.000Time0:00.00Pace0:00.00

Neon Crocs 2 Miles: 19.38
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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