Breaking the Wall

August 10, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2014-12-11 08:18:16
Workout Totals: Distance13.650Time1:43:56.60Pace7:36.89
Did a workout with Benjamin. Today was my day but we modified it a little bit so that he could practice his kick. So we did 2x1.25 down the Provo Canyon with a long recovery. He paced me for the first mile in both, then kicked. He was able to kick 63, and then second time around 61 off a slightly sub-5:20 pace. This is quite encouraging as it shows that 5:20 pace is quite easy for him. He said afterwards he is not afraid to start at 5:20 pace in Phoenix and hold it "till the standard bearer fainteth". I was also happy that I was able to hold 5:20 better than I did last week.

Joseph did 4 - he has moved to 4, William did 1.5 just because he wanted to, other kids their usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time23:24.70Pace7:48.23
With Joseph, Jacob, and Julia.
Leg 2:Distance3.600Time28:45.40Pace7:59.28
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance1.250Time6:38.60Pace5:18.88
First 1.25 with Benjamin. He paced me through the mile in 5:18, then kicked in 63 and finished in 6:21.
Leg 4:Distance1.250Time12:25.40Pace9:56.32
A very slow recovery jog back to the start of the next 1.25.
Leg 5:Distance1.250Time6:36.40Pace5:17.12
Second 1.25 interval. Benjamin paced me through the first mile in 5:19 then kicked in 61 finishing in 6:20.
Leg 6:Distance2.300Time19:13.30Pace8:21.43
With Benjamin back to the house.
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time6:52.80Pace6:52.80
With Joseph.

Black Crocs Miles: 13.65
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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