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Location:

Orem,UT,United States

Member Since:

Jan 27, 1986

Gender:

Male

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.

Personal:

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
9.002.500.000.0011.50

10 miles on the Provo River Trail in the morning. We are supposed to be closing on the sale of our house and the purchase of the new house, and moving, so I have been somewhat stressed lately. I think it showed today a bit.

Started out at 8:00 pace which soon became 7:05-7:10, HR 127-129. After 3 miles sped up to 6:35-6:40, HR 138-140. Then ran a tempo 2.5 portion from the Utah Lake to Geneva Road in 14:40. HR drifted up to 156, and climbed to 161 when I sped up to 5:40 pace on the last quarter. The pace felt hard. Part of the problem was being overdressed for the weather, part can be blamed on having been sick. But there is still a part that is not accounted for. I will blame it on the cumulative effect of the stress of moving that has been building up over the last week.

Ran with the kids in the afternoon. After the first half Jenny was complaining that 9:00+ pace was too fast. I told her when your mind gets soft, soft pace feels hard, when you harden the mind, hard pace feels soft. She took the initiative to push the pace on the last 600, hitting first 200 in 1:02, and then the last 400 in 1:52, which dropped Abby and really made Benjamin work.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Nick on Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 22:53:00

Hey Sasha,

How do I make a crosstraining column for my blog? I put my crosstraining miles under easy miles because I had no where else to place them.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 14:39:16

Testing.

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