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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: 110.88 Year: 2082.97
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Navy Crocs Lifetime Miles: 2133.34
Navy Crocs 2 Lifetime Miles: 914.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.604.903.252.2583.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 83.00
Night Sleep Time: 51.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 55.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Sarah gave birth to Stephen Alexander Pachev at 12:20 AM at our home. At around 11:10 the labor was not progressing as fast as we wanted to do, so her midwife gave her some homeopathic medicine to get it going and told her to go for a walk to put some pressure on the cervix. Sarah decided to go for a short run instead. She started off at around 8:00 pace. I was not expecting that and had to shift gears to keep up. She slowed down to a more reasonable pace for a woman in labor dilated to a 7 after about 40 meters, but it was still quick. After about 100 meters she decided it was good enough and we walked. She ran some more at the end of the first lap around the block. The combination of the medicine and the cervical pressure from a quick run got things going fast. After two laps of walking around the block (0.7 miles), we got into the house and Stephen was born 15 minutes later. He looked like a runner when he came out - 20 inches, 7lb 4oz, long thin legs. Very nice quiet baby, asks for food politely.

Will post the pictures when I get my hands on the camera.

Kids stayed at the neighbor's house, and the kids and I were able to make it to church in the morning. The subject of the talks was salvation by grace. The doctrine of salvation is laid out in 2 Nephi 25: "It is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do". The LDS church gets a lot of flack for that, and in all honesty I do not understand why. The nature that God created should teach us about how it works, if only we would learn. Does the harvest a farmer gathers come by grace or by works? Sure it comes by grace. The soil, water, sun,  and seeds are provided by God's grace. So is the inherent ability of the seed to grow. But that grace is wasted when the work to plant, grow, and harvest is not performed. Thus by failing to work we waste the grace. So it is with salvation. If we do not keep the commandments we waste the grace of Christ and make a mock of His Atonement. If we do, we gather the harvest that was grown through His grace.

Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.100.400.000.0012.50

A.M. Ran with Patrick, Mike, and Thomas. Easy run, total of 8 for me. Added 2 more with Jenny and Julia in 15:56, 2 with Benjamin in 15:53 with a 700 pickup in 2:29, and 0.5 with Jacob in 4:30.

P.M. Benjamin took Joseph for 0.5 in 4:13.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.001.5012.50

A.M. Patrick was doing a tempo run - 5 miles at 5:00 pace. I figured it would be good for me to run some portions of it. So I did the first mile in 4:58 (71, 75, 76,76) and last 0.5 in 2:30. Mike did portions of that. Patrick missed the turnaround and ended up with 25:58 for some distance that was longer than 5 miles.

The initial 4:44 pace of the mile was something my body did not like. I felt it for the rest of the mile. However, the closing 0.5 was much more manageable because it was evenly paced.  At least I was happy that I could start with a 71 quarter and hang on. And I was surprised at how easy that 0.5 felt. I wondered if we were off pace during the first quarter.

Ran a total of 10, then 2 more with Benjamin, Jenny and Julia. Benjamin did 15:51, Julia 16:47, Jenny around 16:20. 0.5 with Jacob in 4:29.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

A.M. Ran with Mike, Patrick, and Thomas. Total of 10 miles. Then 2 more with Benjamin, Jenny, and Julia. 0.5 with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.000.250.7512.50

A.M. Ran with Mike. We did a 400 in 70.4 and 600 in 1:45.1. Total of 10. Then 2 with Benjamin. We did some pickups. Jenny and Julia ran 2. I ran 0.5 more with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.500.000.000.0012.50

A.M. Ran 10 with Patrick, Mike, and Thomas. We did a 100 sprint to measure Thomas' all out speed. It was 15.4. It is probably more than that, as it was mid-run and on the trail. But even that is good enough for a 2:40 marathon if the endurance is there. Ran 2 with Benjamin, Jenny, and Julia. 0.5 more with Jacob.

P.M. Benjamin ran 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.004.503.000.0020.50

A.M. 20 miles, most if it with Mike, in 2:23:42 to Bridal Veil and back. Did pickups. 1 mile in 5:35 on a slight net up, 2 uphill into a headwind in 11:51, 2 downhill with tailwind in 10:58, 1 on a slight downhill in 5:27, and then I ran the last 1.5 in 8:26 with the last mile in 5:34. 

Benjamin, Jenny, and Julia ran 2. Jenny took Jacob for 0.5.

P.M. 0.5 with Joseph.

Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 20.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
72.604.903.252.2583.00
Gold Crocs 1 Miles: 83.00
Night Sleep Time: 51.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 55.00
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