Breaking the Wall

January 18, 2021

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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: 188.26 Year: 188.26
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1359.62
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-05-13 08:41:46
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:32:42.40Pace7:43.53
Total of 12. Usual distances for the kids. Laura Bluth (maiden name Young), a 15:51 5000 runner, caught up to us and we picked it up and ran with her for a bit over a mile until it was time for us to turn around. She was going around 7:20 up the canyon. I encouraged her to race in the UVM half. Then we turned around and for some time kept the effort, which gave us a sub-7:30 average for 6 miles.
Leg 1:Distance6.000Time44:46.90Pace7:27.82
With Jacob - part with William.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time15:57.00Pace7:58.50
With Matthew, Joseph, William and Stephen.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time31:58.50Pace7:59.62
With Joseph - part with William and Stephen.

Neon Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Sarah! on Sat, May 18, 2019 at 13:22:56 from

Hey wait! Is it the Laura Young that ran for BYU? If so, thatís pretty sweet! Sheís awesome.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 18, 2019 at 13:39:30 from

Yes, she said she just finished running for BYU. I like to guess people's PRs based on how comfortable they look running at whatever pace we are running, so I guessed out of the blue without knowing who she was 16:50 on a track in California. She said she had run 16:10, but then I looked up her profile, and she had actually run 15:51 indoors which she forgot to mention. So I was actually a minute off, but I have a good excuse - we were going slow enough that it would be hard to tell a difference between a 15:50 and a 16:50 5 K runner.

From Sarah! on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 10:52:43 from

Wow thatís so cool that you can guess paces based on how they run! I think thatís very impressive that you were able to guess her PR within a minute of what it actually was for the 5k. I wouldnít have known :)

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