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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: 16.00 Year: 2314.91
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: 1185.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

A.M. Felt some minor cold symptoms. Nevertheless felt strong enough to run full 12. Did some of it with the kids. Benjamin did 5, Jenny and Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 1.

Green Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
From Dragonvulture on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 13:13:46 from

Hi Sasha, are you interested in joining our group for a run Saturday morning from Highland? we are doing 16 at 6:30am. Should have at least 6-8 guys. 4-5 sub 2:40 guys, a few of which are planning on going under 2:30 this next year, including your watermelon from your July 30th run, who was finishing up a 20 mile run when he stopped running with you. Sent me a text at 8013107971 so I can get your phone number, there are a couple guys from Orem who are carpooling up, which we may be able to get you a ride from there if I can get your info in time. Jody and Toni should be coming from South Orem.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 18:24:02 from

Thanks for the invitation. I am running with Chad at 7:30 AM from my house in Orem at 395 S Palisade Dr. The days of me driving somewhere for a training run are gone. Two reasons. I live in the best location for running in the Utah County short of maybe a cabin in the Provo Canyon, and I have seven children with the oldest being 12, so that leaves barely enough time for just running.

From Dragonvulture on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 18:51:44 from

So it sounds like you got the new home in Orem? That's great. What time are you starting your runs now? We do start runs on Saturday's and possibly other days from the Orem Soccer park if you would like to join us on those occasions, I can let you know when we are meeting.

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