Breaking the Wall

USATF Utah XC Championship

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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: 155.37 Year: 492.80
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 1576.28
Neon Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1353.22
Race: USATF Utah XC Championship (3.107 Miles) 00:18:59, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-11-16 06:59:42
Workout Totals: Distance15.409Time1:53:48.40Pace7:23.14
Today the kids ran in the Utah Cross-Country championship. I ran in the adult 5 K also.

Matthew 2K 8:38, 4th - good performance, first place was Luke Hejny with 8:10.

Stephen 3 K 13:24, 25th - ran with a miserable face from the start, said his legs were hurting. They were not hurting at all during the warmup. Given the contrast I think the problem is mental. He is so afraid of pain that he imagines it even if it is not there when he thinks he is running hard. We will see if 2 mile tempo runs will help him overcome it. Winner was Kenny Briggs with 11:05.

William 3K 11:42, 14th, winner was McKay Wells with 10:19, Cole ran 10:14, Ezra 11:08. William's race was OK, but more mental toughness would have helped.

Jacob 4K: 14:58, 5th
The winner was Easton Humes 14:17. Jacob struggled some, but did his best.

Joseph 4K 15:26, 9th. Mentally gave up once he saw he could not keep up with Jacob, but held on better than he did in a few recent races.

Julia 5K 27:50, got lost on the course a couple of times, was headed for a bit under 25:00, her first 2 K was 9:32.

Dad, 5K 18:59, 3rd place. This was a legitimate 5 K course on grass that Teren measured as carefully as he could, so my goal was to break 19:00. I managed to get lost at the very end and added maybe 5 seconds or so. First 2 K was 7:20. I ran the first half or so with Emilio Perez and Cody Johnson. Then Emilio pulled ahead and finished in 18:21, while Cody fell back and finished in 19:30. Albert Wint won the race in 17:44.

Benjamin did a 3 mile tempo run down the canyon in 15:41 - still recovering from the marathon.

Leg 1:Distance8.000Time59:50.80Pace7:28.85
Alone for most of it. Part with Chad, Mike Nelson, and Ty Hansen.
Leg 2:Distance2.700Time21:21.50Pace7:54.63
Leg 3:Distance3.107Time19:00.00Pace6:06.91
The race.
Leg 4:Distance1.602Time13:36.10Pace8:29.43
Cool-down with Joseph and Jacob.

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 15.41
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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