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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: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
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: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. 10.1 with Jeff in 1:09:09 at 5:10 AM. Started slow as usual, but quickly warmed into a good pace. Did a tempo pickup on the last quarter - 1:22.

P.M. 1 with Julia in 10:39, 1.5 with Jenny in 12:28, she closed with a 7:55 mile, 2 with Benjamin in 15:51, and then another 5.55 in 42:14 with 0.5 worth of tempo pickups.

I have finally finished my Del Sol report.

Night Sleep Time: 6.75Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.75
From Walter on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 22:17:19

When we gonna hear about the phone story!? I still cant believe you went back and found that! You seaze to amaze me my friend! I hope you cleaned it off! Jk have a good night see ya

From James on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 15:12:22

That is amazing that you found your phone! I enjoyed the rest of your race report. I think I will write a book about how to run and not run a relay someday when all is said and done. I have plenty of stories to include.

From Jon on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:21:44

Sasha- I'm going to be in Provo Fri/Sat. I am planning on a long run (~18-19 miles at ~7:00-7:15 pace) Saturday morning. Are you are anyone else running at that time that would allow me to tag along? I would need to know when/where to meet.

From Jon on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 16:23:17

typo- should be "you OR anyone else..."

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:03:42

Jon - that would be great. The plan is to go at 6:30 AM from my house at 339 N 1120 W in Provo. Call 801-788-4608 if you get lost, etc. Starting time can be adjusted since at this point you are the only person coming.

From MichelleL on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 18:51:13

I am coming, though it depends on the day whether I can keep that pace (and for how long - kind of in sketchy shape right now), so I may end up solo, but if I can do that pace it would make for a great run.

From adam on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 19:33:35

sasha, I'll be there tomorrow as well.

From Jon on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 20:12:02

I'll be there at 6:30.

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