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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: 252.01 Year: 252.01
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: 1353.22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Started with Daniel. About 3.7 into the run we caught up to Luz and invited her to join us. Paced her through a mile in 8:02. Then she did not slow down much after that, so we just stayed with her for the whole 8. She ran with us all the way to my house, which gave Sarah a training partner to run as well afterwards. Total time for 8 was 1:06:18.

A bit later a mile with Julia in 8:46.

P.M. 2.5 alone in 18:07, 1.5 with Benjamin and Jenny in 12:53.

Five Fingers - 447.39 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 7.25Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.25
From luzylew on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 15:14:29

That was a real treat for me. First to be pushed a little-- I could do more miles at that pace, but I'm going to practice the things you told me to do so I can build up to doing it more freqently (or put it to use in a race where it belongs). It was exciting (after the fact of course)to know it didn't kill me to push it a bit. If I had known I'd get this little treat today, I would have left the dogs behind! I loved running with Sarah too. You guys are great. Good luck at the Wasatch Back! May the good energy you loaned me this morning repay you in kind. Thanks again!

From Maria on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 15:27:58

Did Julia really run an 8:46 mile? Wow, very impressive. She is only 5, right? Was it a training run for her, or a "race"?

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 16:33:16

She's actually run 8:29 before with fairly erratic pacing. She went through the first quarter in 1:55, then panicked because she realized she was going further than she thought and threw a fit, ran the next quarter in 2:18, then somewhat calmed down and finished with 2:10, and 2:06 while chatting. She is 5, turning 6 in September. Unlike Benjamin and Jenny at her age, she is still mentally not there to run to her true physical potential. I imagine she could quite easily go under 8:00 if she focused. Benjamin ran 7:58 mile a month before turning 6. Jenny ran 7:41 around that age holding onto the stroller. I do not know how much that helped if at all, but since she absolutely refused to run at that time without holding onto the stroller, I do not know what she was capable of.

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