Breaking the Wall

December 11, 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: 0.00 Year: 3555.51
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
12.940.000.500.0013.44

A.M. 10.1 alone in 1:14:32. Did a 0.5 pickup in the middle in 2:42 (82,80). Felt decent.

P.M. 200 with Jacob in 1:56, 0.34 with Joseph in 3:44. 1 with Julia in 9:49. 2 with Benjamin in 17:19, Jenny ran 1.5 in 13:09 with us.

Vibram Five Fingers Miles: 10.10
Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
Comments
From walter on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 16:03:26

Hey Sasha, I met one of the employees of Bill Rodgers running center in Boston and I was telling him about the FRB and how you stem from Russia. He invited me and any bloggers on here to a party one day after the Boston Marathon and will have some European Marathon runners there including a fast runner from Russia. I forgot his name but I thought you would find this pretty amuzing! I definitely will try making it there.

From The Howling Commando on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 19:57:12

Hey Sasha - just curious.. how have those Five Fingers not fallen apart?! You must be a super biomechanically sound runner because I completely trash my shoes within 300-400 miles!

From Graceland Drew on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 21:49:44

Sasha,

Thanks for the kind words. I look forward to picking your brain. My next big goal race is the Country Music Marathon in April.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 23:11:48

Benn:

The Five Fingers are still runnable. The right one has two holes. One is about half an inch wide, the other about a quarter. The left one is still intact.

My form is actually not that efficient, at least visually. You can see for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnQX8ol36fM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVLqUMxzK6M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCNzp8CoVEM

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