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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


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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 220.24 Year: 560.35
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 640.15
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 450.37
Nike Double Stroller Lifetime Miles: 124.59
Brown Crocs 4 Lifetime Miles: 1334.06
Amoji 1 Lifetime Miles: 732.60
Amoji 2 Lifetime Miles: 436.69
Amoji 3 Lifetime Miles: 380.67
Lopsie Sports Sandals Lifetime Miles: 818.02
Lopsie Sports Sandals 2 Lifetime Miles: 637.27
Iprome Garden Clogs Lifetime Miles: 346.18
Beslip Garden Clogs Lifetime Miles: 488.26
Joybees 1 Lifetime Miles: 1035.60
Madctoc Clogs Lifetime Miles: 698.29
Blue Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1164.32
Kimisant Black Clogs Lifetime Miles: 720.62
Black Crocs 2023 Lifetime Miles: 1312.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 64.97
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Day of rest. Went to church. Fast Sunday. I think I got a nap in the afternoon.

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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-02-03 16:22:01
Workout Totals: Distance9.000Time1:07:22.20Pace7:29.13
Decided to take an easy day today as a precaution, ran only 9. Had the kids take it easy as well and run fewer miles than normal. It was cold and windy, and the change from Saturday was very sudden. When the weather changes like that, the chances of picking up are cold are higher. So reduced mileage to keep the immune system going strong.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time30:08.30Pace7:32.07
With Benjamin, Joseph, and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance5.000Time37:13.90Pace7:26.78
Part with the kids, part alone.

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-02-04 09:55:34
Workout Totals: Distance12.062Time1:34:46.70Pace7:51.46
Back to the normal mileage, though it was very snowy in the morning. Did the usual pickups.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time33:02.30Pace8:15.57
With Julia.
Leg 2:Distance1.000Time8:08.30Pace8:08.30
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance0.062Time0:18.40Pace4:56.77
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time7:45.00Pace7:45.00
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 5:Distance2.000Time14:56.10Pace7:28.05
Leg 6:Distance4.000Time30:36.60Pace7:39.15
With Joseph, Jacob, William, and Stephen.
Split 1:Distance2.050Time15:43.40Pace7:40.20
Split 2:Distance0.250Time1:22.20Pace5:28.80
Split 3:Distance1.545Time12:38.70Pace8:11.07
Split 4:Distance0.155Time0:52.30Pace5:37.42

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 12.06
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-02-05 12:28:09
Workout Totals: Distance9.967Time1:14:56.50Pace7:31.14
Usual runs today, total of 12 for me, usual distances for the kids.
Leg 1:Distance1.000Time7:39.60Pace7:39.60
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 2:Distance0.062Time0:18.80Pace5:03.23
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 3:Distance1.000Time7:43.30Pace7:43.30
With Joseph, Jacob, and Matthew.
Leg 4:Distance3.905Time30:15.70Pace7:44.97
With Joseph, Jacob, William, and Stephen.
Split 1:Distance2.050Time15:49.30Pace7:43.07
Split 2:Distance0.155Time1:18.30Pace8:25.16
Split 3:Distance1.545Time12:16.70Pace7:56.83
Split 4:Distance0.155Time0:51.40Pace5:31.61
Leg 5:Distance4.000Time28:59.10Pace7:14.77

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 9.97
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-02-06 10:13:48
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:23:28.40Pace8:20.84
A bit of a taper for the 10 K for myself and for the kids.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time35:49.70Pace8:57.42
With Julia.
Leg 2:Distance6.000Time47:38.70Pace7:56.45
Split 1:Distance5.845Time46:48.50Pace8:00.50
Split 2:Distance0.155Time0:50.20Pace5:23.87

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-02-07 08:52:50
Workout Totals: Distance8.312Time1:07:52.70Pace8:09.98
Taper before the race tomorrow.
Leg 1:Distance4.000Time34:17.90Pace8:34.48
With Julia.
Leg 2:Distance0.250Time2:25.70Pace9:42.80
With Bella.
Leg 3:Distance2.062Time15:31.90Pace7:31.94
With Joseph, Jacob, William (I think), Stephen, and Matthew.
Split 1:Distance1.000Time7:40.70Pace7:40.70
Split 2:Distance0.062Time0:19.10Pace5:08.06
Split 3:Distance1.000Time7:32.10Pace7:32.10
Leg 4:Distance2.000Time15:37.20Pace7:48.60
With Stephen.
Split 1:Distance1.845Time14:40.70Pace7:57.34
Split 2:Distance0.155Time0:56.50Pace6:04.52

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 8.31
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: SLC Track Club Winter Series 10 K (6.214 Miles) 00:38:11, Place overall: 19, Place in age division: 8
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2020-02-08 09:25:16
Workout Totals: Distance15.628Time1:57:03.00Pace7:29.39
SLC Track Club 10K, 38:11, 19th overall, 8th master.

Top finishers:

1;Travis Morrison;27;00:32:01.2
2;Benjamin Pachev;20;00:32:33.0
3;Fritz Van De Kamp;40;00:32:35.8
4;Teren Jameson;42;00:33:45.0
5;Ben Smith;25;00:33:52.7
6;Nathan Hornok;41;00:33:55.0
7;Melchor Suaste;42;00:34:13.5
8;Albert Wint;40;00:35:41.4
9;Matthew Gulden;32;00:35:59.8
10;Charles Lambrix;32;00:36:21.4
11;Riley McCarter;19;00:36:41.0
12;Kyle Barrett;31;00:36:46.1
13;David Nierenberg;37;00:37:00.7
14;David Taylor;51;00:37:13.3
15;Stephen Robinson;44;00:37:18.8
16;Scott Daw;34;00:37:29.0
17;STEPHEN GLOD;18;00:37:59.8
18;Taylor Call;26;00:38:04.7
19;Alexander Pachev;46;00:38:11.2
20;Levi Pace;36;00:38:44.0
21;Jon Hansen;30;00:38:53.8
22;Mark Payne;47;00:39:08.0
23;Janel Zick;28;00:39:09.6
24;Jacob Pachev;13;00:39:12.2
25;Christina Perry;38;00:39:34.9
26;Joseph Pachev;15;00:39:39.5
27;Ryan Timme;32;00:39:43.7
28;Daniel Haway;42;00:39:56.2
29;Soren Moller;49;00:40:14.3
30;Spencer Holt;42;00:40:21.2
31;Bill Cobler;56;00:40:21.3
32;William Pachev;11;00:40:24.1
33;Jessica Stanford;50;00:40:31.5

This race reminded me of the frequently told story about having to walk to school uphill in the snow both ways. On the way out we had some headwind, so I was hoping that after the first half in 18:28 I would at least be able to run 18:45 for the second half if not faster. Unfortunately, the wind turn around right around the time we did, and with about 2 miles to go started blowing with vengeance destroying all hopes of any kind of a reasonable time over the last 2 miles. So my last 5 K was a glorious 19:43 which featured a 6:30 closing mile, and that while drafting all the way behind Taylor Call who caught up to me with a bit over 1 mile to go.

Benjamin had great race, though, and ran a flat road 10 K PR in spite of the conditions. As expected, Travis Morrison (1:04/2:16 guy) pulled ahead from the field, but he was not that far ahead at the turnaround (around 15:40 or so). Benjamin had around 16:07 and was together with Fritz with Teren, Ben Smith, Nate Hornok, and Mel not too far behind. Coming back Benjamin tried to run away, and dropped everybody except Fritz. Then with a mile to go, as Fritz caught up, Benjamin got behind him, and drafted for half a mile. Then Benjamin made his final move and was able to gap Fritz by a few seconds by the finishing closing with a very impressive 5:29 mile for the conditions. He ran 16:26 for the closing 5 K, only a bit slower than Travis, who originally was hoping for 30:00, which was ambitious for a solo effort at altitude, but still should have been under 31:00 or at least close. He could only manage 32:01 in those conditions.

Jacob did OK for the first 4 miles, then started fading, and then the wind did him in, and he got 39:12. Joseph dropped back at around 2 miles, and finished in 39:39.

William, however, had a great race. Somehow in spite of the wind he was able to run 40:24, which is his new PR, and a new course record for 11 and under.
Leg 1:Distance2.264Time18:06.70Pace7:59.99
Warm-up with Benjamin, part with Joseph, Jacob, and William.
Leg 2:Distance6.214Time40:26.50Pace6:30.49
The race.
Split 1:Distance6.214Time38:11.80Pace6:08.81
My time.
Split 2:Distance0.000Time1:01.50Pace0:00.00
Split 3:Distance0.000Time0:27.10Pace0:00.00
Split 4:Distance0.000Time0:46.10Pace0:00.00
Leg 3:Distance4.100Time34:36.50Pace8:26.46
Cool-down with Benjamin.
Leg 4:Distance1.050Time8:43.90Pace8:18.95
With Stephen and Matthew.
Leg 5:Distance1.000Time7:08.90Pace7:08.90
With Stephen and Matthew.
Leg 6:Distance1.000Time8:00.50Pace8:00.50
With Stephen and Matthew.

Neon Crocs 1 Miles: 15.63
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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