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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: 51.55 Year: 2011.51
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: 881.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Easy 10.1 with Ted in 1:14:30. Started at slower than 9:00, sped up to 7:00 on the second half, eventually worked our way up to 6:20 pace at the end. Felt great, neighing horses.

P.M. Ate something bad, possibly fish, or maybe just too much. After lunch was sitting down in front of a computer and started feeling chills and a bit dizzy. Got up, walked around, tried again. Noticed the chills were there when trying to read the computer screen, but would go away otherwise. Went for a run with Julia to test the waters. We ran 1.05 in 11:12. Felt better. Then Ted came with James and Jared. Ran 1.5 with Ted, James, Jared, and Benjamin in 12:43, then another 0.5 after dropping Jenny and Jared off in 3:28, 16:11 for 2 miles. Then 3 miles with Ted and James in 22:30 with 6x200 around 40s. Then 3 miles with Ted in 21:51. Found a friend on the road - his name is Lorenzo. Felt progressively better throughout the run.


Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Christi on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 00:54:32

Hi Sasha- I really like the updates you've made to the blog- like sorting the newbies to the blog and the lost & lone sheep, etc. I also think the private message option is cool. You sure are talented at this computer stuff (not to mention RUNNING!) Hope you're feeling better from that yucky spell you had today. (food poisoning?)

From Mike B on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 06:03:43

Yes, Sasha, I am trying to be patient. It has been difficult. I do not want to do too much, but I also don't want to be too conservative. I do better with a set schedule as well. Simply running easy days has me sometimes saying, "Ah, it would have been just an easy 4 miler." Adapting to our 3 month old also has been trying, at times. 2008 is a new year with lots of falling PRs. Thanks and see you in a few weeks. I see the training is going well. By the way, I used your "horses neighing" in my blog; however, mine were not horses, but rather small ponies just wanting to be ridden at a child's birthday party.

From Jamie on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 10:35:44

Sasha, to answer your question about the Thanksgiving Day 4 miler...yes, I am planning on running it. Don't know what time to shoot for. This morning I did a 4 mile tempo run in 25:44 (6:26 averaged pace). Labored breathing but not really race mode. Hope race day goes well. I got the impression last Friday that you'd be there?!

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 23:00:01

Jamie - yes, I am running the 4 miler. You could probably run sub-25:00, that would be a good goal, and will most likely give you a turkey.

From Jamie on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 09:31:49

Sasha, a sub-25:00 would be a good time.

I need to learn what feels right in race mode. Don't want to push it so hard that I can't keep my pace...but more often than not, I am too conservative.

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