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December 11, 2019

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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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: 0.00 Year: 3555.51
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: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.002.000.000.0014.00

A.M. Ran with Jeff. 10.1 in 1:14:47. Did two fat miles. First one in 5:52, second in 5:45. Felt better on those than expected in spite of the lack of sleep and a stressful day yesterday. Noticing that when running fast in Five Fingers I struggle with stability on the right foot, but I am fighting for it, and feel like I could run very smooth if I figured out how to support myself. In shoes I just give up and run clumsy. 

P.M.  Ran barefoot. 2 with Benjamin in 17:33.  2 with Jenny in 18:34. Julia ran the first 1.5 in 14:00. Julia ran barefoot. Jenny did 1.5 barefoot and then she wanted shoes. I suppose Julia's feet are tougher.

Five Fingers 2 Miles: 10.00Bare Feet Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
Comments
From Vern on Sat, May 30, 2009 at 01:51:19 from 208.186.134.102

Hey thanks for the invite Sasha. I have some training i have to get to tomorrow for ROTC but i was wondering if i could run on tuesday and thursday. Col Leblow and Park will be gone. Could i run with you guys?

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 12:47:04 from 64.81.245.109

Vern:

We are meeting Wednesday at 5:15 AM at my house and Thursday at 7:00 AM. 339 N 1120 W in Provo. You are welcome to join us. Sorry about not getting back to you in time for today, I realized when I got up this morning that I forgot to send you a message.

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