Breaking the Wall

August 03, 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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Neon Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2018-07-26 07:26:47
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:10:56.40Pace7:05.64
The night before I prayed to know how to help the kids the best to prepare for the 3000. The thought came to me to try 1200 at 80 seconds per lap. So I used Google to find the nearest track, which happened to be at the Smith High, and was a 440. Ran 0.75 and the pace felt way harder than what it should have. We could not even hit the target of 80s (got 82 high average) and it was not just Joseph and Jacob - I could not do it. I did some thinking, and the thought came to me - try this yourself again in the evening. It was even worse - 4:12 was all I could do. Then another thought came - try 2 miles. After the first lap in 84 I started to feel light headed and was forced to slow down to 90s. It was miserable but sustainable. So the inspiration came in the middle of that interval - the way to adjust to high humidity is to run frequent relatively short intervals at sub-maximal pace. I would have just one more day to do it with the kids, but at least this is something.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time8:16.00Pace8:16.00
Warm-up with the kids.
Leg 2:Distance0.750Time4:08.30Pace5:31.07
Interval with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 3:Distance1.250Time10:07.20Pace8:05.76
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:25.70Pace7:25.70
Warm-up with the kids.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time2:57.70Pace5:55.40
Interval with Jenny.
Leg 6:Distance0.750Time4:12.10Pace5:36.13
Interval alone testing the waters.
Leg 7:Distance2.500Time19:59.00Pace7:59.60
Trip to find a bathroom.
Leg 8:Distance2.000Time11:52.50Pace5:56.25
Another interval testing the waters.
Leg 9:Distance0.250Time1:57.90Pace7:51.60
Short cool down.

Brown Crocs 2 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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