Breaking the Wall

December 03, 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: 304.65 Year: 3606.17
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: 806.96
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-11-23 10:13:40
Workout Totals: Distance18.015Time2:31:56.50Pace8:26.05
Total of 18.

Benjamin was able to do 8x0.25 on Saturday (down Provo Canyon)
averaging under 63. I started with him and did 8x0.125 in the 30.6 -
34.1 range, most being around 31 low. This was his first workout in
that speed range since before his mission. We discovered a weakness in
the process that is rather interesting - he can start in 30 no
problem, even 28 on the last one, but for the life of him could not
run the second half under 32. Rather surprising given that he can run
a 5 K solo on the road at altitude in 15:34 on an unaided course with
even splits (Liberty Park), and 1:08:21 at the Top of Utah closing the
last mile in 5:00. But this was consistent with how he raced in the
mile at Liberty Park - he started out on pace for 4:24, but then could
not hold it and finished in 4:40.

Then I added more distance right away, doing 1 mile uphill with Sarah in the middle. Benjamin added the distance in the evening as he wanted to talk to a friend in Ukraine and it was getting late there.

Other kids did easy runs, usual Saturday distances.
Leg 1:Distance3.370Time26:46.60Pace7:56.74
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance4.375Time42:02.70Pace9:36.62
Split 1:Distance0.125Time0:33.40Pace4:27.20
Split 2:Distance0.375Time3:53.80Pace10:23.47
Split 3:Distance0.125Time0:31.60Pace4:12.80
Split 4:Distance0.375Time4:21.70Pace11:37.87
Split 5:Distance0.125Time0:31.30Pace4:10.40
Split 6:Distance0.375Time4:30.10Pace12:00.27
Split 7:Distance0.125Time0:34.20Pace4:33.60
Split 8:Distance0.375Time3:55.90Pace10:29.07
Split 9:Distance0.125Time0:30.60Pace4:04.80
Split 10:Distance0.500Time5:35.80Pace11:11.60
Split 11:Distance0.125Time0:31.20Pace4:09.60
Split 12:Distance0.500Time5:24.30Pace10:48.60
Split 13:Distance0.125Time0:31.40Pace4:11.20
Split 14:Distance0.500Time5:35.20Pace11:10.40
Split 15:Distance0.125Time0:32.70Pace4:21.60
Split 16:Distance0.375Time4:29.50Pace11:58.67
Leg 3:Distance3.270Time28:09.30Pace8:36.61
Cool-down with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance7.000Time54:57.90Pace7:51.13
Mostly alone, ran one mile with Sarah uphill in 9:25.

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 18.02
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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