Breaking the Wall

June 2005

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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 nine children: Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, Matthew,  Mary, and Bella.  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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 2339.68
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 268.74
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
214.5010.3036.1047.05307.95
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

easy, 1 with Benjamin, weights, basketball

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

easy, 1 with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.002.258.50

Provo Canyon - 2 miles down 10:32,

400 up 1:22

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.300.000.006.2016.50

Salt Lake Classic 10 K 34:38, 8th place

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.400.502.101.0011.00

morn: 800 in 2:27, 2.1 tempo in 12:05, 2x400 76-77, weigths

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.200.002.004.0012.20

morn: Provo Canyon, 8x400/100 4 up 4 down, avg. up 80, avg. down 75, 4 K total in 15:47, 2 miles down 10:38, 8x400/100 2 up 6 down, avg up 80, avg down 76.5, 4 K total in 15:19

eve: 1.2 with Sarah

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.005.001.0010.50

morn: Provo River Trail 5 miles flat, 28:22 + 4x400/200 avg. 75.5

eve: 1.8 with Benjamin, basketball,0.7 cooldown

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.002.101.0011.50

morn: Slate Canyon hill 4x400 (up 82 down 69 up 81 down 68) + 2.1 loop in 12:08

eve: 1.5 with Benjamin/Jenny

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.900.000.001.109.00

morn: Provo Canyon, down 1200 3:41 + 600 1:52

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.900.000.003.1016.00

Heart of Holladay 5K 16:27, 4th place

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.502.101.0012.00

Slate Canyon: 4x400/200 up 82.2 down 66.7 up 80.2, down 66.3 + 2.1 loop in 11:48

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.300.002.004.0012.30

morn: Provo Canyon 8x400/100 (2 up 2 down, up avg. 79, down avg 73.5, total 4K 15:25), 2 miles down 10:26, 8x400/100 2 up 6 down, up avg. 80, down avg. 74.5, last 69.5

eve: easy 1.3

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.005.000.000.2510.25

morn: Provo River Trail - 5 mile tempo 28:39

afternoon: weights

eve: run with Benjamin, basketball

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.200.001.300.5011.00

morn: Slate Canyon 2x400/200 up 83.6, down 67.5, 1.27 up in 7:30

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin/Jennifer

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.001.009.00

morn: Provo Canyon, easy 8 with 2x800 up, up 2:40, down 2:30

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.800.000.006.7016.50

morn: Run The Front 10 K 34:10, 15th place

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.900.002.101.0011.00

morn: Slate Canyon 4x400 up 80 down 65 up 78 down 66, 2.1 loop 11:34

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.003.003.0011.00

morn: Squaw Peak 20x(40/20) up, 3 mile tempo down, 4x400 down Provo Canyon 70-71

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.006.000.2514.00

afternoon: Provo Canyon 2x3, up 18:01, down 16:29, 4x100, weights

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

morn: 8 easy

eve: 1 with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.001.509.00

morn: Provo Canyon: 1200 down 3:42, 4x100, 2x400 down 75-74

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.900.000.003.5017.40

morn: Magna Classic 5K 15:31, 5th place

afternoon: weights

eve: 1.4 with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.002.101.0011.50

morn: Slate Canyon 4x400 up 74.4 down 64.2 up 76.2 down 65.7, 2.1 loop in 11:45

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin, weights

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.404.304.300.5012.50

up Squaw Peak 34:10, down 22:16, 2x400 down Provo Canyon 73.5 - 71.0

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

afternoon: easy 12, weights

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.100.002.003.2012.30

morn: Provo Canyon, 2 miles up in 11:20 ( 1.5 in 8:15), 2000 down in 6:07, 1.5 at 5:25 pace, 6x100

eve: 1.3 with Benjamin

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
214.5010.3036.1047.05307.95
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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