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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: 0.00 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. Ran 10 miles. Met Jeff on the trail. We went to the BYU track to do a time trial. Jeff did 400, I ran the last 200 with him. He ended up with 57.2, I ran 28.9. I was actually able to pass Jeff and finish a step or two ahead. I did have a concern that if he were running really well and hit a 27 or even a low 28 in the last 200 I might get dropped. That would have been embarrassing, but fortunately for me Jeff was tired this morning from the 20 on Saturday and 15 on Monday. New 200 meter PR for clogs, though.

I was happy with the result. I was expecting something like 29.5 - 30.0 given the lack of recent sprint training and the lack of proper warm-up as well.

P.M. Ran with the kids training group. Ended up with 2.25 miles. Jacob did 0.25 in 2:23. Joseph 0.5 in 4:10. Jenny ran 2.5. Julia did 1.5. I paced Benjamin through 800 in 2:44, a new PR with the splits of 41.5 - 41.5. - 42 - 39.

Eva Clogs Pirate Miles: 12.25
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
From Kory on Wed, Jun 02, 2010 at 16:12:14 from

This Clogs shoes your wearing is this for experimental purposes? Do you plan on using the Five Fingers again?

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jun 02, 2010 at 23:06:58 from

Kory: I am pretty much decided on clogs. I will be using them for everything except DesNews marathon. Five Fingers are too thin and too expensive. Clogs last just as long, provide more cushioning, while still allowing the foot to feel free.

From Kory on Thu, Jun 03, 2010 at 12:18:46 from

I really think thats great you have the ability to perform well in them and the cost really does benefit you. I'm tired myself of the high shoe prices and different gadgets and features in shoes. Just make a simple shoe and keep it that way.

I get frustrated because you can't find the old models that were great that you want to use and buy forever.

Sasha keep up the great running and has always your very inspiring.

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