Breaking the Wall

February 26, 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: 155.37 Year: 492.80
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 - 2016-07-08 07:35:57
Workout Totals: Distance10.443Time1:23:23.80Pace7:59.15
Did 600 on the track with Joseph and Jacob. Wanted to see if yesterday was a fluke, or maybe indicative of some fatigue. They both did better - Joseph got 1:58, Jacob 1:59. One concern I had was that they dropped back when I moved forward at 300 to make sure they stayed on pace, and they did not close that gap. So maybe there is some lingering fatigue involved. Jacob said he was feeling good, but did not have the motivation to move out into the second lane to pass Joseph. Joseph said he did not think he had another gear. So I think we will repeat this workout on Monday.

At first I had Benjamin pace them because I needed to go to bathroom and there was not one around. After he took them through the first 100 in 40 I stopped them and had them try again. Then I felt I would be able to pace, so I did it instead. The first 200 was 38 and we were all together, maybe Jacob had 39, then I was 77 at 400, Joseph 78, and Jacob 79. About 50 meters before the finish I took my foot of the gas because the gap was too big to be productive, but I still ended up finishing maybe a second or so ahead of Joseph.

William did 2, Jacob and Joseph 4, Benjamin and I 10, Stephen 1, Matthew will run 0.25 tonight, Jenny 5, Julia 4.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time8:42.10Pace8:42.10
Warm-up with Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, William, and Matthew and Mary in the stroller.
Leg 2:Distance0.070Time0:40.70Pace9:41.43
Benjamin's mis-pacing.
Leg 3:Distance0.373Time1:59.20Pace5:19.57
600 with Joseph and Jacob.
Split 1:Distance0.373Time1:58.40Pace5:17.43
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:00.80Pace0:00.00
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time9:06.80Pace9:06.80
Back to the house.
Leg 5:Distance1.500Time11:43.60Pace7:49.07
With Jacob and Benjamin.
Leg 6:Distance1.500Time11:17.40Pace7:31.60
With Joseph and Benjamin.
Leg 7:Distance5.000Time39:54.00Pace7:58.80
Distance with Benjamin.

Nike Double Stroller Miles: 1.00Black Crocs 2 Miles: 10.44
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.30Total Sleep Time: 7.80
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