Breaking the Wall

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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 - 2014-09-13 11:19:49
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time56:02.50Pace7:00.31
Today was an eventful day. Mary Rose Pachev was born at 9:16 pm at our house. She joins her two sisters and six brothers.

Sarah went into labor last night. We were on the way to the temple with Benjamin. Our plan was to go together all three of us, but her contractions were strong so we just dropped off Benjamin there, told him to find a ride home, and went back. However, when our midwife came the contractions have stopped, so we sent her home.

The contractions started again in the middle of the night. The midwife came back at 5 am, but shortly after that the labor began to stall. Sarah was dilated to 8. We figured if she went for a run, it might get things started again. So Sarah and I ran one mile together. This was her longest run so far while in labor - she has run at this stage of labor before, but it was only 100 meters or so.

This, however, did not get the labor started. We waited a while, sent the midwife home, then more or less went about our day, except I ran only 8 more miles, 9 total because I did not want to be too far away from home. I did do a short 2 mile tempo run, though.

Finally later in the evening the real labor resumed and it was going fast, we had a bit of a scare and a long 14 minutes with Sarah's water breaking before the midwife got here, and about an hour later Mary was born. Her umbilical cord was short, which slowed down the labor.
Leg 1:Distance2.000Time14:26.00Pace7:13.00
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time11:39.60Pace5:49.80
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance4.000Time29:56.90Pace7:29.23
Some more distance. The kids ran on their own today.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From MarkP on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 15:00:07 from


From jtshad on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 15:58:31 from

Congrats on the new arrival and addition to your family!

From Steve on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:49:43 from


From Jason D on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 12:59:51 from

Congratulations, Sasha. It's a lovely name.

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