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August 07, 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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
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: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-08 07:32:01
Workout Totals: Distance16.500Time1:57:34.30Pace7:07.53
Ran 12+ with Benjamin in the AM - did a 6 mile tempo down the canyon in 34:54 (5:56, 5:58, 5:49, 5:45, 5:50, 5:36). Benjamin turned up the heat on me with about 600 to go, I considered asking him to slow down, but that would have involved talking and I was already out of breath. So instead I said a prayer asking the Lord to give me the adrenaline to keep the pace, and the prayer was answered. The pace became bearable - though I had to keep my focus to keep it, and I was able to run 80 for the last quarter.

Then we went to the track meet at Juah High in Nephi. Results:

41 Pachev, Matthew
7 Fast Running Blog
42 Pachev, Stephen
9 Fast Running Blog
43 Pachev, William
11 Fast Running Blog
39 Pachev, Jacob
13 Fast Running Blog
40 Pachev, Joseph
14 Fast Running Blog
36 Pachev, Jennifer
19 Fast Running Blog

Command to grab them for future reference:

curl -s | pdftotext - - | grep -A 2 Pachev

Joseph and Jacob had good races, both ran official 1500 PRs in a close race - splits 78, 76, 79, 59/60. Everybody else bombed. Part of the problem was the headwind. Jenny had a problem with her muscles hurting from something. I am suspecting it might actually be a good thing because she has been doing a therapy to correct her neck imbalance which resulted in overrotation when she ran which gave her persistent side pain. Now that the imbalance has been corrected to some degree, she rotates less which makes her use her muscles differently, and I think she is still adjusting to the new form. For William and Matthew I think it was a matter of not having the mental toughness to deal with the headwind. Stephen I think just got too comfortable in the second lap and ran it in 1:41. After that it is hard to motivate yourself to get back to pace in the third lap and to kick - especially when you are only 9.

Joseph, Jacob, and I added 4 miles in the evening. William, Stephen, and Jenny did 2 more.
Leg 1:Distance3.700Time28:51.40Pace7:47.95
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time34:54.60Pace5:49.10
Tempo run with Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance2.800Time24:00.00Pace8:34.29
Cool down with Benjamin, part with Armando.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time29:48.30Pace7:27.07
With Joseph, and Jacob.

Neon Crocs 2 Miles: 16.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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