Breaking the Wall

August 09, 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: 88.07 Year: 2386.98
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: 1257.89
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-14 09:24:05
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:34:07.70Pace7:50.64
Easy 12 for me today. Joseph, Jacob, William, Jenny, Julia, and Bonnie ran 3000 in the Utah USATF state championship. Results:

4 # 149 Pachev, William
11 Fast Running Blog
2 # 143 Pachev, Jacob
13 Fast Running Blog
3 # 145 Pachev, Joseph
14 Fast Running Blog
-- # 144 Pachev, Jennifer
19 Fast Running Blog
-- # 146 Pachev, Julia
17 Fast Running Blog

Command to get them: curl -s | pdftotext - - | grep -A 2 Pachev

Joseph and Jacob ran perfectly for the first 2000 - 3:26, 3:26, and then fell apart - Joseph more than Jacob. This has to be mental - how do run 3:26, 3:26, and then fade to 3:36 for the last 1000 ? Or especially 3:44 for Joseph. If 3:26 was too fast for the first 1 K, then the second 1 K would have revealed some signs of fatigue. I think the memory of the last 1 K being miserable overcame both of them. William Horne won the race with 10:21.05, Jacob was second, Joseph third. Jacob missed his PR from Greensboro last year by 0.83.

Our William opened in 3:47, then ran the next lap in 92 and I missed his splits after that. But obviously they were not awesome - barely faster than 96 average. He was not in a good mental state at the start of the race, as evidenced by a classic quote - very typical of William - "You pay for me to run in races, why? So I could experience pain? And why? So I could qualify for more pain!" So in a way I was happy that at least he was not over 12:00. His 11:38 was good enough for 4th. Cole Jameson won with 10:45.38.

Jenny was battling shin splints. All last year she struggled with a mysterious side pain that we now are inclined to think came from excessive torso rotation. She did a NUCCA treatment, which in combination with carrying rocks while running, reduced her torso rotation and with that the mysterious side pain. However, at the same time she developed shin splint, which is probably connected to the change in the form - her legs were not conditioned to run straight. So she came to the race on reduced mileage and in a lot of pain. Nevertheless she managed 12:01, which I was happy about. Bonnie was not 100% either due to much dancing, but still ran 12:02.89, a 0.01 PR. Julia did better. Looks like the work we did with her to increase the leg turnover did something. She got 13:35 - fastest time of the year. However, her first 1000 was 4:12, and then she just got tired of turning over at a higher rate and went back to her lazy stride - so the last 2 K was 9:23, 4:41 average - we need to work on moving the legs for the entire duration of the race, not just the first 1 K.
Leg 1:Distance2.000Time16:14.20Pace8:07.10
With Joseph, Jacob, William, Stephen, and Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time46:24.80Pace7:44.13
With Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:33.50Pace7:33.50
With Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance3.000Time23:55.20Pace7:58.40
With Benjamin.

Neon Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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