Breaking the Wall

January 25, 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: 151.02 Year: 151.02
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: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2017-05-30 07:27:19
Workout Totals: Distance13.944Time1:47:25.20Pace7:42.22
Ran 10 in the morning, Joseph, Jacob, Julia, and Jenny did 3, William 2, Stephen 1. Then went to the track meet in the evening. Myself, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob ran 3000. William and Stephen did the 800. It was very hot - around 90F. All of the 3000 runners struggled - some more than others.

Official times:


Myself 10:41.83
Joseph 11:10.71 - altitude PR
Jacob 11:22.66
Jenny 12:08.91 - altitude PR
Julia 13:18.04


William 2:54.36 PR - official as well as time trial
Stephen 3:23.19

I was not running it with super fresh legs having run 10 earlier in the morning, but I was fading a lot. Splits were 81,82,83,85,88, then last 1 K in 3:42, vs Joseph's 3:40. Some of it I can blame on the weather, but Joseph was able to hold the pace better than I did - 6:01 for the first 1600 vs 5:31 for me, and then he was 1 second faster than me over the last 1400. Jacob was 6:01 with Joseph at 1600 as well, he did slow down after that, but much less than I did. It did not feel like I was out of breath the same way as in the 3200 meter race two weeks ago but the legs just refused to move. So maybe it was the effects of the glycogen dump on Saturday.

William ran a great race splitting 84/90 - almost perfect. Stephen was not quite on top of things - never really got going - 1:39/1:44.

Of everybody I think I am most impressed by Joseph's race - negative split in 90F. Jenny also held things together quite well - I was not expecting her to run anywhere close to 12:00 at altitude and in the heat. Julia struggled, need to figure out how to help her.
Leg 1:Distance10.000Time1:13:42.40Pace7:22.24
Leg 2:Distance1.100Time8:41.60Pace7:54.18
Leg 3:Distance1.864Time13:17.90Pace7:08.06
3000 - ran myself, timed everybody else.
Split 1:Distance1.864Time10:41.50Pace5:44.15
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:29.00Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:12.00Pace0:00.00
Split 4:Distance0.000Time0:46.20Pace0:00.00
Split 5:Distance0.000Time1:09.20Pace0:00.00
Leg 4:Distance0.000Time3:23.00Pace0:00.00
800 - William and Stephen.
Split 1:Distance0.000Time2:54.20Pace0:00.00
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:28.80Pace0:00.00
Leg 5:Distance0.460Time3:38.50Pace7:55.00
Leg 6:Distance0.520Time4:41.80Pace9:01.92
With Matthew.

Camouflage Crocs 2 Miles: 13.94
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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