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Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986



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.


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: 304.65 Year: 3606.17
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Neon Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 806.96
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Met Jeff on the trail. Ran 10.1 in 1:21:40. At the start the trail was OK, but then got slippery later on. 

Came to check my e-mail this morning. Oops. Last night I was making changes in the blog, and forgot to test everything before making them live. So this morning my mailbox was full of error reports. I have fixed it now, I think. Sorry about that.

At least it is nice to know that the blog is being used.

As a side effect, there is a non-working feature - graph view. You can pretend to use it. Hopefully in the next couple of days it will become a working feature. 

P.M. 2 with Benjamin and Jenny in 17:02. Julia ran 1.5 with us in 12:57. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:23. 0.25 with Jacob in 2:44. 

Water Clogs 2 Miles: 12.85
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 1.50Total Sleep Time: 9.00
From Jon on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 11:01:45 from

Yup, the FRB is definitely being used. Thanks for fixing everything.

From Eric Day on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 11:03:12 from

Thanks Sasha !

About the graph, tried it, not much to see on my side...looking forward to 'working feature'

From ddcanops on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 15:57:57 from


Just wanted to impressed I am with your training...very disciplined !!

From Marathon Dreamer on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 20:41:00 from

Hey Sasha - I am new to this blog. Still trying to learn the ins and outs of it. I thought that I sent you a message, but I am not sure if it went through... please check your inbox. Thanks a bunch!!

From Bonnie on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 21:02:44 from

a "virtual feature"? Thank you Sasha! Congratulations on your new baby!

From Mike Clarke on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 23:56:13 from


when people are leaving comments I am not receiving an email confirmation. Burt sent me a private message and I didn't receive that either. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I entered my email and then checked enable email confirmation, any ideas? Thanks Mike

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:28:18 from

Mike - double-check your e-mail address as well as spam filter settings.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 21:06:53 from

Marathon Dreamer - I will post a comment on your blog entry where you asked the questions.

From Kam on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 23:39:26 from


I like the virtual features as well as the working ones. Thanks for putting the work in so that so many of us can enjoy tracking workouts.

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