Breaking the Wall

June 19, 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: 103.81 Year: 1820.96
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Red Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1909.35
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1119.99
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.250.251.0011.75

Eric's calf was still sore this morning, so George and I went without him. I wanted to do some speed before we hit the trail.

Warmed up a bit, and did a control 0.5 to measure the threshold. Did not get good sleep last night, so my sense of pace was messed up. The first quarter was way too easy, and it showed - 1:25. I woke up on the second a bit and ran in it in 1:21 (2:46.5 for the half), but being messed up I could not tell if I was at the threshold or above it. This woke me up, though. Jogged a bit and ran 0.5 in 2:30.8 with perfectly even splits every 200. That did not feel quite like the 5 K knife was being stabbed into me yet, but another half mile, and I would probably have felt it.

Then went with George on the trail. Dropped him off, and still had half a mile to go to the house, so figured I'd do another 5 K pace pickup. However, jogging on the trail apparently put me to sleep. I hit a downhill quarter that should have been at least 70 at a 5 K pace in 73, and it felt way too comfortable. Then I tried to pick up on the uphill one, but still could not quite leave my comfort zone - 1:21 with 2:34 for the half-mile.

Then ran a mile with ankle weights in 6:58, then a run with the kids. Julia officially started her training today with a quarter in 2:55. In the evening she decided to do another, and this time ran 3:05. How about that - running in doubles at the age of 3!

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