Breaking the Wall

November 26, 2022

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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: 167.90 Year: 3393.99
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: 778.63
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.004.000.0012.25

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2022-11-15 10:10:13
Workout Totals: Distance12.250Time1:35:11.00Pace7:46.20
12 total. Did a 4 mile tempo down the canyon in 23:58. Played a rabbit for Jacob and Benjamin. Benjamin did 2x4 20:49, 20:44. On the first one he hit a really bad spasm with the closing quarter in 91. But he went ahead and did the second interval nevertheless. There was headwind by then, but this time he did it without a spasm closing with 5:07 mile. This was a very interesting result that nevertheless goes with his half-marathon experiences when he magically recovers from the spasm and starts running a normal race pace.

Easy runs, usual distances for everybody except William. I think he did only 4.
Leg 1:
Distance0.980Time9:08.40Pace9:19.59ZoneEasy Miles
Warm-up.
Leg 2:
Distance4.000Time23:58.70Pace5:59.68ZoneThreshold Miles
Tempo run.
Leg 3:
Distance5.020Time41:42.00Pace8:18.41ZoneEasy Miles
Distance/cool-down.
Leg 4:
Distance2.000Time17:47.50Pace8:53.75ZoneEasy Miles
With Mary and Bella.
Leg 5:
Distance0.250Time2:34.40Pace10:17.60ZoneEasy Miles
With Leigha.

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