Breaking the Wall

March 23, 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 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: 141.72 Year: 762.89
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
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1529.15
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Day of rest. Watched General Conference. Some highlights from both Saturday and Sunday:

When Elder Hales talked about the man that taking care of his wife who had Alzhiemers, including the combing of hair, Sarah said she never wanted to get Alzhiemers implying the horrible results of me combing her hair.

Our son Joseph, who will perhaps will win the family impatience award, the one who I constantly have to teach that running immediately behind somebody can be a position of strength, was the first one to comment on President Uchtdorf's remarks about how we get more impatient with technology the more familiar we become with it.

Elder Anderson mentioned a couple in Ukraine that got to know each other on a bus when Svetlana (which incidentally means "of light") talked to Victor about the Book of Mormon. This reminded me a of Russian comedy "Where is the nofelet?" "nofelet" is a Russian backwards spelling of telephone. In the movie a middle-aged engineer (Pavel) is having a hard time getting married. His cousin, who naturally has a lot of success with women, is teaching him how to flirt and suggests he should use the "nofelet" line. Pavel throughout the movie rejects all of the candidates suggested by his cousin, and thinks the "nofelet" line is stupid. Every day he sees a woman on the bus that he likes but is too shy to approach. He keeps dreaming of marrying her and having eight children. The movie ends with him approaching her with a question about the "nofelet" and receiving a positive response.

 

 

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