Breaking the Wall

April 21, 2024

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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

 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 882.94
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 640.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 450.37
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 1334.06
Amoji 1 Lifetime Miles: 732.60
Amoji 2 Lifetime Miles: 436.69
Amoji 3 Lifetime Miles: 380.67
Lopsie Sports Sandals Lifetime Miles: 818.02
Lopsie Sports Sandals 2 Lifetime Miles: 637.27
Iprome Garden Clogs Lifetime Miles: 346.18
Beslip Garden Clogs Lifetime Miles: 488.26
Joybees 1 Lifetime Miles: 1035.60
Madctoc Clogs Lifetime Miles: 698.29
Blue Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1164.32
Kimisant Black Clogs Lifetime Miles: 720.62
Black Crocs 2023 Lifetime Miles: 1312.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.060.000.001.0012.06

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2024-03-19 11:30:38
Workout Totals: Distance12.060Time1:38:42.30Pace8:11.07
12 total. Stephen, William, and Matthew did a mile time trial on the track today. Jacob paced Matthew, I sort of paced Stephen, more like I just ran with him. Matthew ran 5:35.8 pacing it evenly with each lap in 83, a 13 second PR. I was very happy about that. Stephen also ran a PR breaking 6:00 for the first time. We opened in 83 with Matthew and Jacob, that was hard but I felt I could keep it for at least another lap, but then Stephen slowed down to 89,91,89, which made it easier for me. I was happy about Stephen's run as well. I was also happy that I was still able to keep up and it felt somewhat easy.

William argued that he wanted to try to break 5:20, I told him to just run with Matthew and kick, but he was not happy about it. In the end he could not even keep up with Matthew and finished just barely ahead of myself and Stephen in 5:53.
Leg 1:
Distance1.000Time7:51.20Pace7:51.20ZoneEasy Miles
Alone.
Leg 2:
Distance1.560Time13:16.60Pace8:30.64ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up with the kids.
Leg 3:
Distance1.000Time5:54.20Pace5:54.20ZoneVO2 Max Miles
The mile.
Leg 4:
Distance6.500Time53:49.90Pace8:16.91ZoneEasy Miles
Distance, part with the kids, part alone if I remember right.
Leg 5:
Distance1.000Time9:52.50Pace9:52.50ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary, Bella, and Leigha.
Leg 6:
Distance1.000Time7:57.90Pace7:57.90ZoneEasy Miles
With Bella.

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