Breaking the Wall

December 14, 2018

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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: 0.00 Year: 3593.46
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: 987.95
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.002.000.000.1014.10

A.M. 10.1 with Jeff in 1:15:31. Did explosions. Discussed the importance of big O in computer algorithms. Ran two fat miles. First in 5:56, second in 5:50. Interesting feeling in the second mile. In the second quarter felt very smooth, and ran 86 uphill, but it did not feel that fast. In the third quarter I thought we were going to get 85 for the effort, but it was only 87.  Possibly because of the turns. Then in the last quarter felt smooth again and ran 84.

2 more with Benjamin in 17:33.

P.M. Ran barefoot. 0.5 with Joseph in 5:45. 1.5 with Jenny and Julia in 14:59. They both were not feeling well, so we ran slower and cut Jenny's run short.

Five Fingers 2 Miles: 12.10Bare Feet Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Comments
From Merri on Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 00:51:22 from 207.88.76.69

just curious...what are your fat miles? and what are your explosive sprints?

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 15:30:42 from 64.81.245.109

Merri:

I posted the explanations on the forum:

http://fastrunningblog.com/forum/index.php/topic,1121.0.html

http://fastrunningblog.com/forum/index.php/topic,1120.0.html

From Merri on Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 15:50:39 from 207.88.76.69

K thanks!

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