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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: 291.02 Year: 1935.71
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: 805.63
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Felt better this morning, but still not 100%. Thought 4 miles would be a good idea. Ran with Jeff, Daniel, and Mary Ann. Felt better than I expected, but decided to err on the side of caution anyway. Total time was 34:33. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From tarzan on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 14:21:24

Sorry to hear you are all sick. I'm impressed - I never thought you took it 'easy'.

From susan on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 12:01:07

Maybe this will be a good time for me to go running with your guys. Your worst run would be my best (yeah right in my dreams). I did want to see if you guys were meeting tomorrow and if it would be ok if I tagged along. I may not talk much (out of breath) but I will try to keep up. 7:30 am right? your house? address?. I know it is somewhere on this blog but I am now sure where. I just wanted to double check otherwise I will get up and do an early one. I will probably have to go at the drop off point that way you guys can cruise without me plus I don't want to over do it.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:39:37


339 N 1120 W in Provo, 7:00 AM Mon-Sat. Call 801-788-4608 if you need directions. Just about any day is good. We hardly ever have a day when we do not run slow for at least 5 miles, and we do not care how slow to a point. If it is faster than 8:30 that is good enough. Sometimes faster than 9:00 is good enough. Tomorrow will be an exception - we will warm-up a mile and then see how far Mary Ann can run at 6:20 pace.

From Susan on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 22:55:42

Alright it looks like I am set for tomorrow (Saturday) for a long run but I will try you guys again here soon. I will let you know before hand when I am coming. I would love to do the 6:20 thing even if I only lasted 2 miles but that is my goal time for my 5ks so maybe one of these days...I will join you for something like that too. Thanks see you guys soon.

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