Breaking the Wall

October 14, 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: 78.87 Year: 3004.53
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 - 2019-05-21 09:11:44
Workout Totals: Distance14.108Time1:47:58.80Pace7:39.23
Ran with Sarah, then did a pickup uphill for 0.5 in 2:54, then we went to the track and did a race between Jacob, William, and Joseph. Jacob and Joseph ran the mile, while William ran 1500 - all starting at the same time. I paced William. The race highlighted our lack of preparation for the mile/1500 - William did the first two laps OK - 84, 86, and then all he could do was 93 for the third, and he ended up with 5:30.9. Joseph and Jacob opened in 74, but it proved too much for them. They were OK in the next lap - around 80, and then they fell apart finishing in 5:21 (Joseph), and 5:25 (Jacob).

Afterwards for a test Joseph, Jacob, and I did an 800 with the target of 75/80. Joseph lead us through the first 200 in 35, but then he was out of juice and could not hold the pace. Jacob struggled as well, but not as much. So I got 2:35, Jacob 2:41, and Joseph 2:47.

I think with William it is mostly mental, but with Joseph and Jacob, we need to do something different in training. We are going to try doing 4+2 instead of all 6 at once, and some more specific mile race pace workouts.
Leg 1:Distance4.100Time30:48.00Pace7:30.73
Part with Sarah, part alone.
Split 1:Distance3.550Time27:30.00Pace7:44.79
Split 2:Distance0.500Time2:54.00Pace5:48.00
Pickup up the canyon for 0.5.
Split 3:Distance0.050Time0:24.00Pace8:00.00
Leg 2:Distance1.100Time9:19.10Pace8:28.27
Warm-up with Joseph, William, and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance0.932Time5:30.90Pace5:55.04
Paced William in the 1500.
Leg 4:Distance0.496Time2:35.10Pace5:12.70
800 with Joseph and Jacob (they both fell back), to try to get an idea of why they are struggling at mile race pace speeds.
Leg 5:Distance1.480Time12:26.20Pace8:24.19
Cool-down with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance2.000Time15:49.50Pace7:54.75
With Matthew.
Leg 7:Distance4.000Time31:30.00Pace7:52.50
With Stephen.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 14.11
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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