Breaking the Wall

November 17, 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: 118.81 Year: 3380.28
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
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Day of rest. Went to church. Our ward was a whole lot bigger now that we have accumulated a good portion of the neighboring ward. However, I still have several callings, so the stars aligned for me to teach in Sunday School (Gospel Principles class) and in the Elder's Quorum as well. I did not mind, in fact I was thankful for the experience. Teaching in the Lord's church is a great blessing. The Lord cares enough for the correct doctrine to be taught that he will show it to you plainly even if you make only a meager effort of your own to receive it. Only one catch - it has to be your honest best effort under the circumstances. Then all you have to do is listen and repeat. So you can learn a lot in the process.

The lesson in Sunday School was on the restoration of Christ's original church in our day. The lesson in the Elder's Quorum  was on the feelings of Joseph Smith about his prophetic calling. What I learned from those lessons is that the Lord really cares about everybody, and I mean everybody. No exceptions. When it says in Matthew 28 to go to all the world and preach the gospel to all nations, there is no kidding,  double talk, or figure of speech involved.

An observant  LDS missionary that served in the US could write a book about socio-economic profile of a trailer court and other not so popular places to live. The one that served in Russia that was thorough in his work would know more about the country than I do. For every area and culture, a good missionary comes back knowing it inside and out. Because he literally would have been to every nook and corner of it. He might like the culture naturally and think it is fun to get immersed, but I highly doubt too many people would ever want to reach this level of immersion just for fun. He immerses himself on that level because he knows the Lord loves those people, and if the Lord does, then the missionary can learn by at the very least coming to their house and talking to them.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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