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Pachev Family Provo Canyon 5 K

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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: 232.17 Year: 3533.69
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: 1657.61
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 734.48
Race: Pachev Family Provo Canyon 5 K (3.107 Miles) 00:17:35, Place overall: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-08-08 07:34:37
Workout Totals: Distance16.079Time1:58:20.00Pace7:21.57
Pachev Family Provo Canyon 5 K, 17:35, 4th place. Results:

Benjamin 14:49
Joseph 17:30
Jacob 17:33
Dad (me) 17:35
William 19:23
Jenny 19:29
Matthew 20:37
Nate Walker (soon to be part of the family) 20:53
Stephen 21:27
Bonnie Gow 22:17
Sarah (Mom) 25:25
Julia DNF due to back injury after about 0.6.


Benjamin: splits 4:46, 4:49, 4:43 - very happy to see that, negative split, sub-14:50, no quarters slower than 73. Course PR.

Joseph, Jacob, and I were sluggish in the first 2 miles, but then found the extra gear. We were together until about half mile to go, then Joseph started putting a gap on us, and then Jacob pulled away from me in the kick. Splits 5:38, 5:44, then 5:36 for me, 5:34 for Jacob, and 5:31 for Joseph.

William - was having some mental issues, but the presence of Jenny gave him enough motivation to not get beat by her. She caught up to him in the second mile, but then he pulled away in the last mile.

Jenny - excellent run, perfect pacing, course PR.

Matthew - splits 6:25, 6:48, 6:44. Last quarter in 1:37. Improved his PR by 21 seconds.

Nate - good first 5 K. Kept up with Matthew up until about 2 miles. Needs more mileage to have better endurance.

Stephen - good first mile, then gave up. I think he was discouraged by Matthew's strength. Found a 90 quarter for the kick, though. We need to work on mental toughness.

Bonnie - has not been running, focusing on dance, but still was able to put on a decent performance. Kept up with Matthew and Nate for the first mile, then got dropped, but was ahead of Stephen, but then the lack of training showed in the last mile.

Sarah - was having some hormonal issues, but still was able to hold it together and run 25:25.

Julia - strained her back the day before the race, tried to run, but could not after the first 0.6 or so. Hopefully she can recover from this soon.

In the second heat Jacob took Mary in the single stroller, and paced Sarah, while I paced Julia with the double stroller pushing Leigha and Bella. Once it became clear that Julia would not be able to continue, I caught up to Stephen, tried to get him to shift gears, then caught up to Nate and Matthew. At that point Matthew started pulling away, so I went with Matthew, and Joseph stayed with Nate. Then once we finished I left the stroller with Joseph, and worked with Benjamin to pace the remaining runners.

Total of about 16 miles for me and Benjamin.
Leg 1:Distance0.870Time6:49.30Pace7:50.46
Leg 2:Distance3.107Time17:35.50Pace5:39.72
The race.
Split 1:Distance0.107Time0:36.50Pace5:41.12
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:38.00Pace5:38.00
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:44.80Pace5:44.80
Split 4:Distance1.000Time5:36.20Pace5:36.20
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time33:20.60Pace8:20.15
To the start of the second heat + extra.
Leg 4:Distance3.727Time25:25.80Pace6:49.39
Pacing the second heat.
Split 1:Distance3.107Time20:37.40Pace6:38.26
Split 2:Distance0.620Time4:48.40Pace7:45.16
Leg 5:Distance4.375Time35:08.80Pace8:02.01
Cool-down with Benjamin.

Neon Crocs 3 Miles: 16.08
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Burt on Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 08:26:50 from

Nice job, Pachev family!

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