Breaking the Wall

August 11, 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 - 2013-12-28 08:43:59
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
20.053 2:34:32.60 7:42.40
This morning when I prayed I felt an impression that I should run full 20 miles. I needed to be told because the bruise has made it necessary to use a lot of will power to get just through 12. I am glad I did listen to this impression - even though it pushed my will power to the limit, I got through the run without aggravation and I learned something about the importance of will power training. Will power has two components - physical and spiritual. E.g. when your blood sugar goes down, it will be much harder to run through pain. I suppose hormonal fluctuations affect the will power a lot. But above it all is the will of the spirit to move, and if it is strong enough, you will move beyond what science would normally expect of you even when physically things are not looking that great. Some kids ran with me and others ran on their own. Benjamin did 8, Jenny 4, Julia and Joseph 3, Jacob 2, William 1.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
3.053 26:05.20. 8:32.68 This part was with Joseph, Jacob, and Benjamin. We dropped Jacob off after 2 miles on the icy hilly course and ran one more mile on the "little boy" course.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.053 26:05.20 8:32.68  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
5 39:14.40. 7:50.88 This part was with Benjamin. We did a mile pickup.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.000 24:30.40 8:10.13 From the house to the 5 mile turnaround, then back to the magic 2 mile mark. Hit some snow.
2 1.000 5:45.00 5:45.00 Benjamin was setting the pace. He is recovering from a little cold. He said he also had to work too hard for the pace. Possibly the cold weather was also a factor for him.
3 1.000 8:59.00 8:59.00 We hit some snow and ice on this mile, also we were recovering after the pickup, so it was slow.
Leg 3
Distance Time Pace Comment
12 1:29:13.00. 7:26.08 I ran this part alone. This is when the real test of will power came because I had to deal with the bruise in low blood sugar conditions.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 3.720 28:57.70 7:47.12 From the house to the 3.5 turnaround which is a little after the Canyon View Park, and a short distance back to the 2 mile mark of the 3 mile tempo course.
2 1.000 5:51.70 5:51.70 Pickup down the canyon from 2 to 3 of the 3 mile tempo course.
3 2.000 16:18.30 8:09.15 To mile 2, then back to 3.5 mark, then back to the start of Split #2.
4 1.000 5:50.60 5:50.60 Same course as Split#2
5 4.280 32:14.70 7:32.03 To mile 2, then back to mile 3, then back home. Learned something about will power to deal with pain when the blood sugar goes down.

Green Crocs 6 Miles: 20.05
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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