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Pachev Family Provo Canyon 5 K

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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: 103.30 Year: 1747.58
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 627.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 446.12
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 3 Lifetime Miles: 2191.97
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 595.71
Race: Pachev Family Provo Canyon 5 K (3.107 Miles) 00:17:28, Place overall: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-07-11 07:38:01
Workout Totals: Distance17.164Time2:07:38.30Pace7:26.18
Pachev Family 5 K, 5th place. Results:

Benjamin 15:12
Chad 17:22 (he actually ran somewhere around 16:30-16:45 effort but got confused, stopped early, and then finished with Joseph)
Joseph 17:23
Jacob 17:27
Dad 17:28
William 18:29
Stephen 20:50
Matthew 20:58
Julia 22:44
Sarah 24:45

Our family average of 19:31, new record.


Benjamin - a bit slower than last time, but expected due to his lack of workouts lately as he was recovering from the injury. Splits 4:48, 4:57, 4:54.

Joseph - small improvement. Splits 5:31, 5:38, 5:37.

Jacob - also small improvement. Splits 5:31, 5:38, 5:41.

Dad - by a miracle managed to improve and crack 17:30. Splits 5:31, 5:38, 5:42.

William - improved by 25 seconds from a month ago. I think mainly by getting mentally tougher. Splits 5:57, 6:03, 5:53.

Jenny - improved by 18 seconds in spite of a falling accident two days prior and scraping her knees badly. The day before she could barely run a sub-8:00 mile, so this run really took a lot of grit on her part.

Stephen - improved by 24 seconds. Not sure what his splits were exactly, but he was roughly 6:30 in the first mile, then slowed down to about 7:00, and kicked around 6:35 in the last mile responding to a threat of hard-charging Matthew behind him.

Matthew - improved by 16 seconds. Splits 6:45, 6:51, 6:40. I was very happy with how he held it together, and closed in the last mile.

Julia - improved by 2 seconds. She ran the first mile with me and Matthew in 6:45, then slowed down to about 7:40 pace. I was happy that she found 6:45 in her, and lived to run another 2 miles after that.

Sarah - improved by 1:01 from last time, and was able to average sub-8:00. I was very happy with this improvement. Quite remarkable for a 44 year old mother of 11.
Leg 1:Distance0.980Time8:10.70Pace8:20.71
Leg 2:Distance3.107Time17:28.60Pace5:37.50
The race.
Split 1:Distance0.107Time0:36.20Pace5:38.32
Split 2:Distance1.000Time5:31.40Pace5:31.40
Split 3:Distance1.000Time5:38.10Pace5:38.10
Split 4:Distance1.000Time5:42.90Pace5:42.90
Leg 3:Distance3.300Time28:05.60Pace8:30.79
Back to the start with a detour.
Leg 4:Distance3.627Time24:45.30Pace6:49.51
Pacing the second group.
Split 1:Distance3.107Time20:58.10Pace6:44.92
Matthew - pushed a stroller with Bella and Leigha.
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:46.40Pace7:05.60
Split 3:Distance0.270Time2:00.80Pace7:27.41
Leg 5:Distance0.250Time2:30.70Pace10:02.80
With Bella.
Leg 6:Distance2.900Time22:59.70Pace7:55.76
With William back to the car.
Leg 7:Distance3.000Time23:37.70Pace7:52.57
With Benjamin.

Neon Crocs 3 Miles: 17.16
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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