Breaking the Wall

September 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

 

Favorite Blogs:

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
207.1548.459.2516.85281.70
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.003.000.0012.00

Slate Canyon Hill: 5x800 uphill drills, 800 down in 2:38

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
24.500.000.000.0024.50

long run + 0.5 with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.800.000.001.2013.00

12.5 mile run with 3x2 minute at 5:04 pace + 0.5 with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.002.5010.50

morn: easy 3.6

afternoon: Slate Canyon Hill 20x200 alt up/down, first 5 up - form drill 45-50, then speed 38-43. Down 26.9 - 29.8

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.500.000.000.0015.50

morn: easy 12.5 + 0.5 with Benjamin

eve: easy run + form drills

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.750.000.003.7513.50

afternoon: track workout 5x(600-400-200)/200, hot:

1:50.2 - 71.3 - 33.3

1:49.7 - 71.3 - 34.2

1:49.9 - 72.8 - 34.4

1:50.3 - 71.6 - 34.2

1:49.1 - 72.4 - 32.4

eve: easy 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
8.000.000.000.008.00

morn: easy 6.3

eve: easy 1.7 (1 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
3.600.000.000.604.20

morn: 10x100 (fastest 14.6)

eve: easy 0.5 with 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
8.500.000.005.0013.50

afternoon: Alta Peruvian 8 K 23:16 (head wind), 2nd place

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.401.000.000.6015.00

morn: easy run, 1 mile in 5:46, 10x100 up/down in Slate Canyon, fastest up 17.2, fastest down 15.4

afternoon: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.001.009.50

morn: track 2x200 31.5 - 30.3, 1000 3:02, 200 28.8

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.900.000.000.607.50

home - easy run with 10x100

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.002.50

easy

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.500.000.504.00

morn:acceleration on the track

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.8026.200.000.0028.00

Top of Utah Marathon 2:39:12, 5th place

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.750.250.009.00

morn: easy 8 miles with last mile in 5:36

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
6.902.001.500.6011.00

morn: Provo Canyon 0.5 up in 2:41, 3 miles down 15:59 (last 5:04), 10x100 down (15-16)

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.500.000.009.00

morn: 8 easy

eve: 1 easy

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.005.001.000.0011.00

morn: Provo Canyon 5 miles (2.5 down/2.5 up) 28:53 + 1 down 5:18

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
8.002.500.000.5011.00

morn: Provo River Trail 2 miles 11:10, 0.5 2:48 + 4x200 (36-33)

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
6.006.000.000.0012.00

morn: Provo Canyon 3 down 16:21, 1 up 5:50, 2 down 10:59

eve: easy 1.5

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.003.500.0011.00

morn: Provo Canyon 0.25 up in 1:26, 3 miles down 15:39, 0.25 down 1:18

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
8.501.000.000.009.50

easy

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.001.000.000.008.00

easy

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.001.000.000.006.00

easy

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.001.000.000.003.00

1 mile in 5:32

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
207.1548.459.2516.85281.70
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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