Breaking the Wall

September 22, 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: 146.13 Year: 2768.94
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: 22.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-05-15 07:48:55
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.500 1:39:28.40 7:57.47
12.5 total. Benjamin did 9, Jenny 4, Julia 3, Joseph 3, Jacob 2, William 2, Stephen 0.5. David joined us for the first 3 miles. Benjamin and I did a 2 mile tempo run. William set a new mile record of 7:52.4 going under 8:00 for the first time in his life. To put this in context, William will be 5 years and 7 months old on May 24th. Benjamin ran 7:58.8 on the track at 5 years 11 months. Jacob ran 8:00.4 at 5 years and almost 9 months, and then 7:27.8 the day before turning 6. Joseph did not break 8:00 until he was 6.5 but I attribute this more to his defiant personality than to the lack of athletic talent. So William so far is ahead of Jacob, which is quite remarkable because Jacob is very obedient and William has a defiant personality that is much worse that Joseph's. Details below.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
4.7 40:18.10. 8:34.49 Warm-up.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.700 40:18.10 8:34.49  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
2 10:27.60. 5:13.80 The tempo run. I set the pace in the first 0.7 or so, then Benjamin pulled alongside and eventually took the lead. Our first mile was 5:15. I was hanging on for dear life, but was able to maintain contact. We closed in 5:12 - Benjamin gapped me by about half a second in the last 100 meters. Overall I am very happy with the result - this is my fastest 2 mile time of the year. I was not sure I could even break 10:40, so being 12.4 seconds faster is very good.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.000 10:27.60 5:13.80  
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
2.3 19:15.40. 8:22.35 Back to the house.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 2.300 19:15.40 8:22.35  
Leg 4
Distance Time Pace Comment
0.5 5:41.90. 11:23.80 With Stephen.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 0.500 5:41.90 11:23.80  
Leg 5
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 8:26.20. 8:26.20 With William, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob. I asked William at the start if he wanted to get his record, but he declined. Nevertheless, as soon as we finished he said he was full of energy and wanted to try for his record even though this would mean running one more mile.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 8:26.20 8:26.20  
Leg 6
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 7:52.40. 7:52.40 William's record run on the little boy course (out and back), assisted by Jacob, Joseph, and Julia. He opened in 1:56, then lost concentration and ran 2:03, with 3:59 at half way. At that point all of us started cheering him with increased energy and he picked up the pace with 2:00 for the next quarter. In the last quarter he smelled the barn and kicked in 1:53.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 7:52.40 7:52.40  
Leg 7
Distance Time Pace Comment
1 7:26.80. 7:26.80 With Joseph and Julia. I told them they were not allowed to run this one slower than their little brother.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 1.000 7:26.80 7:26.80  

Green Crocs 7 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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