Breaking the Wall

August 24, 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: 173.50 Year: 2475.51
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: 1360.04
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-05-14 08:44:41
Workout Totals: Distance12.174Time1:28:12.20Pace7:14.71
Paced Sarah in the morning, met Steve Ward on the trail and did a mile with him down the canyon in 5:28, then raced 3000 with the kids in the evening at Mountain View track in Orem.

3000 was a death march in 85 F at 4:30 pm. Results:

Joseph 10:41.48, myself 10:44.57, Jacob 11:05.96, Bonnie 12:03.10 PR,
William 12:16.43, Julia 14:47.56. In the 800, which was in cooler
conditions, but after some wait, Stephen ran 3:00.06 and Matthew
3:15.71. This is Matthew's official PR, but he split 3:11 in the 1500
a few days earlier. Then Jenny ran 1500 in 5:33.8 (they still have not
fixed her automatic time, so this is my hand time). Her side was
bothering her a lot, and we seriously considered not having her race.
Then she said a prayer, and we had a thought - try a stride at 6:00
mile pace. She did it, and it did not hurt - yet. Then I said - why
don't you start the race, and see what happens? She was able to run a
1500 PR.
Leg 1:Distance0.980Time6:58.30Pace7:06.84
Leg 2:Distance1.500Time11:30.10Pace7:40.07
Paced Sarah.
Leg 3:Distance5.230Time37:53.50Pace7:14.70
With Steven Ward.
Split 1:Distance3.750Time28:15.90Pace7:32.24
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:28.70Pace5:28.70
Pickup down the canyon.
Split 3:Distance0.480Time4:08.90Pace8:38.54
Leg 4:Distance1.100Time8:34.10Pace7:47.36
Warm-up for the track meet.
Leg 5:Distance1.864Time10:44.30Pace5:45.65
3000 at Mountain View.
Leg 6:Distance1.500Time12:31.90Pace8:21.27
Cool-down with the kids.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.17
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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