Breaking the Wall

January 27, 2021

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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: 266.81 Year: 266.81
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1438.17
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-09-23 08:01:17
Workout Totals: Distance9.546Time1:13:39.70Pace7:42.99
Benjamin did 8, I did 9.5, Stephen 2, otherwise usual distances for everybody.

Did time trials with the kids today, but it was not a great day for some reason. It was windy, officially 11 mph south wind, so headwind on the home stretch. It did not bother me, but it did bother the kids, I think.

First I paced Joseph and Jacob in the mile. Their opening 200 was great, 41 seconds at 209.34 mark. After that they settled into a slower pace and never recovered. So 82 (Joseph), 83 Jacob in the first lap (after doing the headwind duty), then 87 for both, then at the end of the third lap I moved forward, caught up to Joseph (86 for that lap for him), and took over trying to give him the last chance to get his mile PR. He hung on through the first 100 of the kick in 19, then started fading a bit but was still in contact with 200 to go (5:07 for me, maybe 5:08 for him). And then once we turned into the wind he just did not have it - I had to slow down to what felt like a jog just to let him catch up. So Joseph ended up with 5:41.9, Jacob 5:47.6.

William did a 400. He opened in 18, then 38 at 200. I thought wow, we will crack 80, or at least be close. I still thought that with 59 at 300. And then he hit the wind and just could not move finishing in 86.2. I thought maybe it was mental and had him try again after some rest while also starting him slower. He did not do better- 40 at 200, 63 at 300, and finished in 88.8. So maybe I underestimated the wind.
Leg 1:Distance1.050Time9:40.80Pace9:13.14
Warm-up with all of the little boys (Matthew and Mary in the stroller).
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time5:47.60Pace5:47.60
Joseph and Jacob's mile time trial.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:41.90Pace5:41.90
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:05.70Pace0:00.00
Leg 3:Distance0.248Time1:26.20Pace5:47.58
William's first 400.
Leg 4:Distance0.248Time1:28.80Pace5:58.06
William's 400 try 2.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time8:40.20Pace8:40.20
Back home with everybody (including the stroller).
Leg 6:Distance6.000Time46:36.10Pace7:46.02
With Jenny.

Nike Double Stroller Miles: 2.00Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 9.54
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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