Breaking the Wall

September 22, 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: 146.13 Year: 2768.94
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: 22.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.602.001.000.2012.80

A.M. 3 with Benjamin, 2 with Jenny and Julia, 1 with Joseph, 0.5 with Jacob, then 6 alone with the last 3 at tempo pace. It was very wet, the trail was slippery, so the first two miles were slow, barely managed 11:43 because I had to slow down on wet parts. Then the last mile was better, and I gave it a push managing 5:36. The time for 3 miles was 17:19.

P.M. We did a 100 meter time trial for family home evening. Jacob did 26.5, Joseph 22.5, Julia's time got messed up, but was around 20, Jenny got 17.6, Benjamin's time got messed up but was around 15.0. He beat me - with street clothes and at the end of the day all I had was 15.6, which is not bad for me in those circumstances, but it was not good enough to beat him. On the second try we tied running 15.6 - I was coming from behind and had to lean at the end to avoid being beat again.  I was very excited that Benjamin could run 15.0 at the age of 12 at the end of a rather cold day.. So I am estimating that he will end up with about 12.0 as an adult, and Jenny will probably be around 14.5. If those estimations hold, both will be world-class distance runners if they train right for long enough.

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Comments
From Tom on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 11:58:13 from 137.65.56.16

Happy Birthday!

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