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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: 232.17 Year: 3533.69
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: 734.48
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Uneventful 15.1 alone in 1:42:58, 6:49.14 avg. The roads were a lot better, although still slippery. But the colder temperatures made the snow crunchier. Ted should be in town tomorrow, looking forward to running with somebody.

P.M. 1.05 with Julia in 11:44, 1.5 with Jenny in 13:13, 2 with Benjamin in 15:33, 0.7 by myself in 4:50.

Night Sleep Time: 8.33Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.33
From Mike Warren on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 21:41:16

Sasha, you run so many miles, don't you ever feel burned out? I've got to hand it to you, thats some impressive dedication. Are you running Ogden this year? If so, what kind of time are you shooting for?

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 22:17:30

Mike - not really. I never force the mileage. I just listen to the feedback from my body and give it what it can handle. Right now it says it can handle 120 a week. Good sleep and diet increase what you can handle.

I also adjust the pace on the daily basis to keep a fine line between not being bored and not overtraining.

I never worry too much about time in Ogden, although I would say that anything under 2:30 on that course is a high quality time that would make me happy. It is a slow course, and it is point to point and net downhill. So you will have the letter A (for aided) right next to your time. That letter at this point receives the same treatment everywhere regardless of its size. So if I am going to have to put that letter next to my time, I'll run that time in St. George, it will be 6-7 minutes faster.

From Kim on Sat, Dec 29, 2007 at 21:35:01

Sasha, Thanks for your input on my training! I really appreciate it!

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