Breaking the Wall

October 21, 2019

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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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: 163.70 Year: 3089.36
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: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.202.300.000.0015.50

Ran in the morning with Eric and George. We went for longer than usual - 10 miles on the foothills. Afterwards, I did a marathon pace tempo Slate Canyon Loop (2.11) in 12:23, and then ran with Benjamin and Jennifer.

Also ran with Julia. She really surprised me today - ran a quarter in 2:22 (35,38,37,32), also PRed on 100 at the end. Her pervious quarter PR was 2:48. What happened was that I gave her a challenge to catch two walking ladies, and she really got excited about it. She did catch them. Afterwards, she kept saying: "I got the two ladies, Daddy". I think she is beginning to catch the spirit of competition.

Figured out, I think, what happened with the 5 K times in the Salt Lake Classic. The gun timer started early, which would have been OK if all the chips got properly picked up as the runners crossed the starting line. But a few runners, including Corbin, Nate, myself, Carre Joyce, and a few others did not register. It probably had something to do with whether the first leg to move had a chip if you were at the front. So subtracting 1:35 from all the front runners' gun times gives correct times. This would give Corbin 15:48, Nate 15:59, then Steve and me both with 16:09.

Ran some more with ankle weights and Joseph in the stroller to get 15.5 for the day.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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