Breaking the Wall

November 15, 2019

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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 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: 25.33 Year: 3286.80
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: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.800.000.000.0011.80

Ran with Ted and ROTC Army cadet Shahay at 5:30 AM. Met them on the trail. Did not miss them this time. Had the hybernation issue again for the first 4 miles. When I met them, their pace (7:20) felt fast, although my HR stayed around 114. That is probably why it felt fast - in order for me to feel good at 7:20 I need the HR to be at least 122-124. Once I was out of hybernation, HR was 125 at 7:00-7:10 pace, and it felt very comfortable.

Ended up with 10.08 in 1:13:19 with the average HR of 118. Ran with the kids in the evening.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From steve on Sun, Dec 17, 2006 at 09:40:14

That is because your body is technically still sleeping. What time do you get to sleep?

From Zac on Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 09:14:17

I've been feeling the early morning hybernation thing too. Of course, I run about a minute slower per mile than you do. The good thing for you is that after 4 miles you meet up with someone who can wake you up. I've been letting myself continue the hybernation mode throughout. This is not good. It's good to see that even great runners deal with this hybernation thing. I really think that it's more the cold than the early hour but I don't know for sure.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 12:37:11

Steve - you are right, I was sleeping. I have been getting only 5-6 hours of sleep. Zac - I believe it is about half and half between the cold and the early hour.

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