Breaking the Wall

November 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: 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
10.100.000.200.0010.30

My body was trying to hard to get rid of the cold releasing a lot of muscus, and other forms of waste. So I woke up once every two hours or so at night to relieve myself and to drink some more EmergenC to stay hydrated and in mineral balance. Might have had a bit of a fever, as I kept having exact same dream over and over which mixed two happenings in my current life. I kept telling the ROTC cadets how to write a custom storage engine for the MySQL database.

Met Ted at 5:00 am at the Smith's Field House at BYU. The building was locked, and that was a problem for me, as I needed to go bad. So Ted drove me over to Macey's and we started our run from there.

Ran easy 8 miles, very slow. 31 minutes through the first half, then woke up a bit and caught the 7:30 with a mile to go. To rub it in, opened up another 40 seconds finishing in 59:20.

The Toy somehow got knocked out of the cradle, and was discharged when it was time for me to leave, so no HR data today.

The body kept cleansing itself through the run, which required 3 additional stops, but no diarrhea.

After the run, did a 2 minute push-up test, got 56. Then the sit-up test, 2 minutes, got 37. According to Ted, the push-ups were average, but the sit-ups were below average. Something to think about. Of course, I have been doing bench-press in the last few months, so that is probably why push-ups are better than sit-ups.

Ran with the kids in the evening. Needed some more mileage later. Put Jenny in the stroller, ran 0.5 in 3:34 with the last 200 in 45 just for fun.

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