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.
...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.
12 total, easy runs for the kids, Benjamin did a mile pickup in 4:54, I needed to get back in time for a work meeting, so I decided to do a 6 mile tempo run with 1.5 up from 3 to 4.5, then back to the house - was able to get 37:27, about 6:14 average.
12 total. Did two mile pickups down the canyon to feel the 5 K pace. First one with Joseph, Jacob, Jenny, and William at William's 5 K pace in 5:56 (Jenny 5:58). Then With Joseph and Jacob at their 5 K pace. Joseph kicked in the last 100 and ran 5:21. Jacob and I just coasted and finished in 5:25.
With Joseph, Jacob, William, and Jenny down the canyon.
Pachev Family 5 K, 17:58, 7th place. Same usual down the Provo Canyon course for Nunn's Park, to the 800 N bridge.
We had more people than before with a few friends joining. Results:
Benjamin Pachev 15:17
John Hedengren 15:47
Albert Wint 15:57
Chad Robinson 17:03
Jacob Pachev 17:37
Joseph Pachev 17:57
Sasha Pachev 17:58
William Pachev 19:42
Jennifer Walker 20:35
Matthew Pachev 20:39
Nate Walker 21:45
Stephen Pachev 21:51
Julia Pachev 24:28
Sarah Pachev 25:38
Mary Pachev 31:47
Kate Graver 32:28
Jamie Graver 32:28
The combination of headwind and the smoke made the times slower. I think part of it was the physical slowdown, and part just losing motivation to push. Report on our runners:
Benjamin - 4:47 for the first mile, heroic effort to run 4:52 in the second, and then he was just out of juice, and 5:08 was all he had.
Jacob - decent performance for the conditions. Opened with 5:35, then 5:39, and toughed it out with 5:46 for the last mile running alone.
Joseph - 5:35 in the first mile, then the second around 5:50, and the closing mile in around 5:55. Did not have it today.
Myself - realized after about 0.75 into it that the conditions for one reason or another would not allow a fast time, and adjusted the pace. Mile splits 5:39, 5:51, 5:52. Happy was able to squeeze under 18:00.
William - 6:10 for the first mile, then just did not have it and coasted.
Jenny - was recovering from strep throat, so was running to test her strength. Ran more or less evenly. Was able to pull away from Matthew at the end.
Matthew - had an awesome run, too bad the conditions were not ideal, missed his PR only by 2 seconds. 6:38, 6:40, 6:38.
Nate - ran with Jenny to 1.75, then when Matthew passed him and started pulling away, fell back, but held off Stephen at the end.
Stephen - ran the first mile with Matthew, then just did not have it.
Julia - still recovering from her setbacks, and dealing with school work, but was able to run sub-8:00 pace.
Sarah - decent performance for the conditions, and the lack of sleep the night before, to which she is sensitive.
Mary - was not originally planning on running, but when she saw that Jamie's daughter Kate was running, she wanted to run it too. So they ran together at about 10:20 pace, then Benjamin and I returned to them, and Mary sped up to 8:10 pace for the last half mile. This was Mary's first 5 K, as well as Kate's.