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Layton Classic 10 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: 149.44 Year: 1460.80
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 120.59
Brown Crocs 1 Lifetime Miles: 1509.03
Brown Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 987.95
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Race: Layton Classic 10 K (6.214 Miles) 00:36:58, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-09-10 07:26:50
Workout Totals: Distance10.414Time1:11:20.00Pace6:50.99
Layton Classic 10 K, 36:58, 4th overall, 2nd master, $50. Top finishers:

Benjamin Pachev 33:25.9
Brad Barton 34:40.7
Ken Richardson 35:37.9
Alexander Pachev 36:58.3
Robert Ellerbruch 38:00.9
Tracy Fifield M 38:51.8
Dan Kerns 40:01.5

This was Benjamin's first road race win. He got $100 for the effort.

The race was not as competitive as it was last year. Ken did it as a training run of sorts with the first slight net down mile in 5:24, then something around 5:33 or so for the next uphill mile - which was quite an effort for the grade, then coast to the finish.

Benjamin ran ahead from the start, and went through the first mile in 5:14. I ran with Ken and Brad in 5:24. I started feeling it was too aggressive for me, and backed off right after the mile. They kept going and tried to catch up to Benjamin. Ken did, and gapped him by about 5 seconds running like that to about 2 miles, after which Ken eased off and Benjamin moved ahead. Brad stayed somewhere between Ken and Benjamin.

I could only see Ken. I decided to take the hills easy given that Brad was unreachable, there was no threat from behind, and I recalled that last year my legs were shaking from the hills by the time I got to the top - and then I had to race Dennis.

At the end of the second mile I had a mishap. I tried my chip to my Croc with only one strap thinking that was good enough. But I was wrong. It fell off. I probably lost about 10 seconds running back to get the chip, plus some on the loss of rhythm. So my second mile was a gross 6:27.

On the positive side of things, after running 6:36 for the next mile my legs did not feel shaky. However, I was not able to speed up to anything spectacular and ran more or less the same pace as last year for the next three miles. The kick was not good, well, I sort of tried, but just could not shift to anything respectable. Last year I ran the kick in 1:11, this year it was 1:15. I suppose it really makes a difference if there is somebody breathing down my throat.

Nevertheless, I got $50 for the effort. Afterwards Benjamin and I got to cool-down and visit with Brad Barton and Tracy Fifield. Brad holds the world record for the oldest age to run sub 4:20 mile (48 years old, he is now 50). The funny thing is that even though Benjamin is 17 and Bart is 50, if he raced Benjamin in the mile today, he would have probably won, or at least it would have been an equal race. So Bart was a bit surprised to be gapped by more than a minute over a 10 K by a 17 year old kid that did not have super-speed in the mile.
Leg 1:Distance1.500Time12:32.50Pace8:21.67
Leg 2:Distance6.214Time36:58.30Pace5:56.98
The race.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time5:24.80Pace5:24.80
Split 2:Distance1.000Time6:27.70Pace6:27.70
Split 3:Distance1.000Time6:36.60Pace6:36.60
Split 4:Distance1.000Time5:52.40Pace5:52.40
Split 5:Distance1.000Time5:33.40Pace5:33.40
Split 6:Distance1.000Time5:47.60Pace5:47.60
Split 7:Distance0.214Time1:15.80Pace5:54.21
Leg 3:Distance2.700Time21:49.20Pace8:04.89

Khaki Crocs 1 Miles: 10.41
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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