Breaking the Wall

August 06, 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 - 2016-10-22 08:44:30
Workout Totals: Distance15.987Time1:50:57.50Pace6:56.43
Today was the day of time trials on the track. Jacob finally cracked 5:40 in the mile. His time was 5:38.6 - 81,86,86,83 - the balance going towards the tax. This time he was able to handle a fast opening quarter so my pacing mistake did not cost him the record.

William was having issues with his legs so I stopped him after 600.

Joseph ran a small PR of 2:36.3 in the 800, splits 37,40,39,40.

Stephen ran what technically was a small PR of 3:45.9 (800), but it was really an underpeformance as his first and last 400 in the mile produced 3:39.

Matthew set a small record in the 400 without holding the hand - 2:19.0.

Then I ran 13 alone (except for the first mile), with a 2 mile tempo down the canyon in 11:26 in the middle.

Benjamin went to a programming competition in the morning and ran 12.5 in the afternoon with his friend David.

Usual Saturday distances for everybody except William - I am putting him on 2 miles a day schedule to let his legs recover.
Leg 1:Distance0.248Time2:24.30Pace9:41.85
With Matthew, and the crew.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time5:38.60Pace5:38.60
Jacob's mile time trial.
Leg 3:Distance0.375Time2:29.30Pace6:38.13
William's failed mile time trial.
Leg 4:Distance0.496Time2:36.30Pace5:15.12
Joseph's time trial.
Leg 5:Distance0.496Time3:45.90Pace7:35.44
Stephen's time trial.
Leg 6:Distance0.248Time2:19.00Pace9:20.48
With Matthew - new record for not holding the hand.
Leg 7:Distance0.124Time0:47.70Pace6:24.68
With Stephen.
Leg 8:Distance13.000Time1:30:56.40Pace6:59.72
Split 1:Distance8.720Time1:03:38.60Pace7:17.91
Split 2:Distance2.000Time11:26.70Pace5:43.35
Tempo down the canyon, splits 5:45,5:41.
Split 3:Distance2.280Time15:51.10Pace6:57.15

Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 15.98
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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