Breaking the Wall

November 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: 64.07 Year: 3079.90
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: 903.91
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
180.5013.2565.5521.95281.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.002.600.0011.00

fartlek on the fireroad

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8.000.000.000.008.00

easy

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.600.002.300.6011.50

fartlek on the fireroad

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.001.000.0017.00

morn: run to the Y

afternoon: easy 8 + 1 mile with Benjamin

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0.800.007.200.008.00

from the house to the Y and back, shortest route, 55:25 (to the Y in 30:30)

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6.500.003.002.5012.00

Provo Canyon: 5x400 (3 down, 2 up) total time 5:59.2, 3 miles down 15:56, 5x400 (3 down, 2 up) total time 5:59.6

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.002.000.0011.00

morn: fartlek to the Y (11:54 from the upper gate)

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.753.250.000.009.00

morn: 8 miles with tempo accels

afternoon: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.003.000.6012.00

morn: fireroad hill fartlek + 10x100 up/down

eve: run with Benjamin + running around (2 miles)

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.003.0011.00

morn: Provo Canyon 3x1 mile down with 200 recovery (4:59 - 5:01 - 4:59)

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.007.500.0011.50

to the Y 30:07, back 23:48

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.504.0010.00

Provo Canyon: 12x400/200 down (total time 14:09,avg 70.8), 8x200 /200 up, total time 4:31, avg 33.9), 0.5 mile down in 2:37.6

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.800.002.200.0011.00

morn: tempo run up Slate Canyon,

eve: 1 mile with Benjamin

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0.0010.000.000.0010.00

tempo 10 miles on the fireroad, 1:02:17

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.400.003.000.6011.00

fireroad fartlek + 10x100 + 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.001.500.0012.00

easy run with tempo accels + 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.800.007.200.0011.00

to the Y 29:43, back 23:12

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.002.603.4010.00

Provo Canyon: 2x200 down, 2x200 up, 2000 down 6:13.6, 1000 down 3:09.4, tempo 200 down, 1 mile up 5:39, 1.5 down 7:47.9

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8.750.001.250.0010.00

tempo pickups

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6.750.000.001.258.00

Provo Canyon: 2x1000/200 up 3:20, down 3:09

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6.000.000.004.0010.00

Thanksgiving 4 Miler 21:46, 5th place

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8.400.002.101.0011.50

4x400 up 1:26.7, down 69.7, up 1:22.6, down 66.9, Slate Canyon loop (2.113) in 11:56

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5.250.006.500.0011.75

South Fork: tempo run up 21:33, down 18:55 (windy)

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5.250.006.750.0012.00

South Fork: up 3.25 20:10, down 3.25 17:44 (windy)

at home - 0.5 in 3:15 with the stroller (Jenny + Julia + flat tires)

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.750.001.250.0011.00

easy 2x1200 at tempo pace, 1 mile with Benjamin

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.900.002.101.0010.00

4x400 up 1:25, down 67.5, up 1:20.6, down 67.5, Slate Canyon Loop (2.11) 11:42

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180.5013.2565.5521.95281.25
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