Breaking the Wall

August 13, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-08-29 07:36:36
Workout Totals: Distance12.059Time1:31:05.80Pace7:33.25
Total of 12. Benjamin did 9. Jacob wanted to take another shot at his 800 record, and he got it this time - 2:56.8. Joseph had some issues with attitude, and ended up doing a workout 2000 + 1000. Stephen ran our warm-up and cool-down. The girls ran with William, and then some more on their own.
Leg 1:Distance0.400Time4:22.40Pace10:56.00
Warm-up with Benjamin, Joseph, Jacob, and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance1.242Time8:27.60Pace6:48.70
This started as Joseph trying to get his 800 record. He started fine - 42, but the lost confidence and slowed down to 46. The record still was within reach, but not after speeding up only to 44. I figured he would get a good 1000 time and told him at 600 that he could not get his 800 record, but 1000 record was within reach if he went another 200. He had an attitude and slowed down to 48 in the next 200, followed by 52. I made him finish 2000. Maybe what I should have done instead is let him finish his 800 and then have Jacob beat or at least seriously threaten his time to teach him a lesson.
Leg 3:Distance0.496Time2:56.80Pace5:56.45
Jacob's 800. It was near perfect. He opened in 42, then ran 45, 45, and 44. New PR.
Leg 4:Distance0.621Time3:52.60Pace6:14.56
I told Joseph he could not leave the track without having done something that showed he was a man. So I told him he had to run 1000, follow my pacing, and not whine. I did not care how fast he went, I wanted to feel that he was running like a man, no whining, no attitude, no feeling sorry for himself. He was able to do that. The time was not fast due to the fatigue from his earlier adventures, but he finally ran with proper focus and attitude. I explained to him that you get better results when you do it right the first time - you get to run less, and you get a record. We've gone through this with Benjamin back in the day, now it is Joseph's turn. On the positive side of things he is a faster learner.
Leg 5:Distance0.900Time7:47.90Pace8:39.89
Cool-down with Jacob.
Leg 6:Distance0.130Time1:25.30Pace10:56.15
Back to the car. Accidentally reset the watch at a light.
Leg 7:Distance0.270Time2:48.60Pace10:24.44
The rest of the run to the car.
Leg 8:Distance5.000Time38:40.20Pace7:44.04
With Benjamin.
Leg 9:Distance3.000Time20:44.40Pace6:54.80

Black Crocs Miles: 12.06
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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