Breaking the Wall

January 28, 2020

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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: 252.01 Year: 252.01
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: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2013-12-27 08:43:41
Workout Totals
Distance Time Pace
12.110 1:38:57.80 8:10.32
This is my first Fast Running Friend post. My Fast Running Friend (an Android app that is running my rooted MotoACTV) can now do this. I just turn on Wifi, then in a browser go the URL it gives me, update the timer/GPS data, and it directly posts to the Fast Running Blog.
Leg 1
Distance Time Pace Comment
8.11 1:07:35.00. 8:20.00 Benjamin was with me for this leg. Joseph did 3, Jacob 2. Benjamin and I did a pickup for 0.5 in 2:53. My lower spine still hurt from the fall a week ago, so I could not go very fast.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 8.110 1:07:35.00 8:20.00  
Leg 2
Distance Time Pace Comment
4 31:22.80. 7:50.70 On my own - did a pickup for a mile in 5:53 - the bruise from the fall kept me from going faster - this was all I had. Jenny ran 4 miles, Julia 3, William 1, Stephen 0.25.
Split# Distance Time Pace Comment
1 4.000 31:22.80 7:50.70  

Green Crocs 6 Miles: 12.11
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
From Jake K on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 16:20:41 from

Pretty cool. You'll just need to make sure you never switch over to a different running blog site :-)

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 16:28:47 from

Jake - I can add the capability to post to any site, but for right now with me being the only user this was obviously not a high priority. My next priority is to rewrite the GPS driver. I know the GPS chip is the same as Garmin 610, but the results I am getting from the Motorola driver are not nearly as good as Garmin 610 - in terms of accuracy, signal acquisition speed, and battery life.

From Holt on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 17:51:32 from

Pretty cool stuff Sasha.

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