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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: 0.00 Year: 3555.51
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: 33.72
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
64.001.1211.361.1277.60
Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 77.61
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.020.000.000.0012.02

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-03 08:13:42
Workout Totals: Distance12.020Time1:33:46.80Pace7:48.12
Easy runs, total of about 12.
Leg 1:Distance6.000Time47:07.60Pace7:51.27
With Benjamin, part with Jacob, William, and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time14:59.80Pace7:29.90
Alone.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:32.10Pace7:32.10
With Julia and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time7:25.80Pace7:25.80
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time7:25.80Pace7:25.80
Matthew.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time0:06.30Pace0:00.00
Cumilative:Distance1.000Time7:32.10Pace7:32.10
Waiting for Julia.
 
Leg 4:Distance0.650Time6:17.20Pace9:40.31
With Julia and Mary to the park (holding Mary's hand).
Leg 5:Distance0.520Time4:03.90Pace7:49.04
With Julia at the park.
Leg 6:Distance1.850Time13:46.20Pace7:26.59
Back from the park the long way.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.02
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.270.123.860.6212.87

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-04 08:37:30
Workout Totals: Distance12.878Time1:34:33.50Pace7:20.56
Did a tempo run with Benjamin in the morning. He paced me through 2 miles down the canyon with the first 1.5 at 5:40 pace, and then the target was 78, 75. I was able to do 78, 76, which gave us 11:05 for 2 miles. Then I went to get the car, and he - with some grumbling - did the second interval. The original target was 5:20 pace to 1.5, then 5:00 for the last 0.5. He told me he was tired, so I gave him the target of 5:30 pace for 1.5 with some kind of pickup in the last 0.5. Well, turned out he was not as tired as he thought - 7:56 for the first 1.5, and then 2:27 for the last 0.5 - total of 10:23.

Then in the evening we went to the track meet in Nephi. Except by the time we got there it was over. So we just did our own time trials. It was still warm - 80F. We waited some for the sun to set, but we could only wait so long. So Stephen ran a PR in the 800 - 2:52.9. Then Joseph, Jacob, William, and Bonnie ran 3000. I paced William. Joseph got 10:39, Jacob 10:40, William 11:27, Bonnie struggled today and ran 12:29. Joseph and Jacob had a good start - steady pace like I told them to 2000 (3:32, 3:31). Then something really odd happened - they both got lazy, neither one wanted to push the pace, and they ran the next 600 in 2:18. And then they kicked - 78 for Joseph, 79 for Jacob.

William got a small PR. He was doing well in the first 3 laps (89,89,90), but then started to fade (92,95,96). Thanks to 88 in the last lap he was able to pull off a PR, though. We still need to work on the mental focus, drive, and toughness. He really should not be running slower than 92 laps even if he is hurting.
Leg 1:Distance0.730Time5:41.70Pace7:48.08
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance1.500Time11:40.40Pace7:46.93
With Sarah and Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance2.500Time20:11.40Pace8:04.56
With Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance2.000Time11:05.10Pace5:32.55
Down the canyon tempo run with Benjamin.
Split 1:Distance1.500Time8:30.40Pace5:40.27
Cumilative:Distance1.500Time8:30.40Pace5:40.27
Split 2:Distance0.500Time2:34.70Pace5:09.40
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time11:05.10Pace5:32.55
 
Leg 5:Distance2.040Time17:51.10Pace8:45.05
Part with Benjamin.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time8:07.00Pace8:07.00
Warm-up with the kids at the Juab High track in Nephi.
Leg 7:Distance0.496Time2:52.90Pace5:48.59
Paced Stephen through 800.
Leg 8:Distance0.124Time0:47.80Pace6:25.48
Matthew - false start.
Leg 9:Distance1.864Time11:27.40Pace6:08.78
Paced William through 3000.
Leg 10:Distance0.500Time4:06.90Pace8:13.80
More distance with Matthew.
Leg 11:Distance0.124Time0:41.80Pace5:37.10
200 with Matthew.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.88
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.060.000.000.0012.06

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-05 08:58:55
Workout Totals: Distance12.064Time1:36:20.60Pace7:59.16
Easy runs for the kids except Julia. Benjamin, Jacob, and I paced her in a 3000 time trial. She got 13:42. Total of about 12 miles for me, 10 for Benjamin.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time31:10.20Pace7:47.55
With Benjamin, Joseph, William, and Stephen.
Leg 2:Distance0.930Time8:16.10Pace8:53.44
With Jacob and Julia - warm-up.
Leg 3:Distance1.864Time13:42.30Pace7:21.15
Julia's 3000 time trial.
Leg 4:Distance1.270Time12:02.60Pace9:28.98
Cool-down with Jacob and Julia.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time7:33.10Pace7:33.10
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:38.40Pace7:38.40
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 7:Distance2.000Time15:57.90Pace7:58.95
With Benjamin and Jenny.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.06
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.151.001.500.5012.15

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-06 07:34:47
Workout Totals: Distance12.150Time1:28:41.50Pace7:17.98
Total of 12. Did a 2 mile tempo run down the canyon (about 1-2% grade) with a fast finish. Benjamin paced me. Total time was 11:00, 8:28 (5:39 pace) for the first 1.5, then 2:32 (5:04 pace) for the last 0.5. Jenny did a mile pickup in 6:19. Other kids ran their usual distances easy today.
Leg 1:Distance0.980Time7:51.90Pace8:01.53
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.000Time11:00.20Pace5:30.10
2 mile tempo run down the canyon with Benjamin with a fast finish.
Split 1:Distance1.500Time8:28.20Pace5:38.80
Cumilative:Distance1.500Time8:28.20Pace5:38.80
Split 2:Distance0.500Time2:32.00Pace5:04.00
Cumilative:Distance2.000Time11:00.20Pace5:30.10
 
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time8:20.60Pace8:20.60
Alone.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time6:19.40Pace6:19.40
With Jenny.
Leg 5:Distance3.170Time24:53.50Pace7:51.14
Part with Jenny, part alone.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:50.70Pace7:50.70
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 7:Distance1.000Time7:31.70Pace7:31.70
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 8:Distance2.000Time14:53.50Pace7:26.75
Alone.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.15
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-07 08:18:54
Workout Totals: Distance12.000Time1:30:57.80Pace7:34.82
Easy runs today. Paced Sarah in her workout. She struggled today, but was able to run 1.5 in 11:42 down the canyon with some headwind and in 70F. Total of 12. Easy runs for the kids, more or less usual distances.
Leg 1:Distance1.480Time10:42.60Pace7:14.19
Alone.
Leg 2:Distance1.500Time11:42.50Pace7:48.33
With Sarah.
Leg 3:Distance0.250Time1:58.90Pace7:55.60
With Sarah.
Leg 4:Distance4.770Time35:23.40Pace7:25.16
Alone.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time7:36.10Pace7:36.10
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time7:35.40Pace7:35.40
With Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 7:Distance2.000Time15:58.90Pace7:59.45
With Benjamin.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.006.000.0016.50

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2019-06-08 07:32:01
Workout Totals: Distance16.500Time1:57:34.30Pace7:07.53
Ran 12+ with Benjamin in the AM - did a 6 mile tempo down the canyon in 34:54 (5:56, 5:58, 5:49, 5:45, 5:50, 5:36). Benjamin turned up the heat on me with about 600 to go, I considered asking him to slow down, but that would have involved talking and I was already out of breath. So instead I said a prayer asking the Lord to give me the adrenaline to keep the pace, and the prayer was answered. The pace became bearable - though I had to keep my focus to keep it, and I was able to run 80 for the last quarter.

Then we went to the track meet at Juah High in Nephi. Results:

41 Pachev, Matthew
7 Fast Running Blog
6:32.71
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42 Pachev, Stephen
9 Fast Running Blog
5:56.22
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43 Pachev, William
11 Fast Running Blog
5:38.20
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39 Pachev, Jacob
13 Fast Running Blog
4:52.80
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40 Pachev, Joseph
14 Fast Running Blog
4:53.09
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36 Pachev, Jennifer
19 Fast Running Blog
5:43.44


Command to grab them for future reference:

curl -s https://usatfutahyouth.weebly.com/uploads/6/5/6/7/6567024/results2.pdf | pdftotext - - | grep -A 2 Pachev

Joseph and Jacob had good races, both ran official 1500 PRs in a close race - splits 78, 76, 79, 59/60. Everybody else bombed. Part of the problem was the headwind. Jenny had a problem with her muscles hurting from something. I am suspecting it might actually be a good thing because she has been doing a therapy to correct her neck imbalance which resulted in overrotation when she ran which gave her persistent side pain. Now that the imbalance has been corrected to some degree, she rotates less which makes her use her muscles differently, and I think she is still adjusting to the new form. For William and Matthew I think it was a matter of not having the mental toughness to deal with the headwind. Stephen I think just got too comfortable in the second lap and ran it in 1:41. After that it is hard to motivate yourself to get back to pace in the third lap and to kick - especially when you are only 9.

Joseph, Jacob, and I added 4 miles in the evening. William, Stephen, and Jenny did 2 more.
Leg 1:Distance3.700Time28:51.40Pace7:47.95
Warm-up with Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time34:54.60Pace5:49.10
Tempo run with Benjamin.
Leg 3:Distance2.800Time24:00.00Pace8:34.29
Cool down with Benjamin, part with Armando.
Leg 4:Distance4.000Time29:48.30Pace7:27.07
With Joseph, and Jacob.

Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 16.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
64.001.1211.361.1277.60
Navy Crocs 2 Miles: 77.61
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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