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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:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 226.43 Year: 2189.51
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: 1116.83
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Black Crocs 2 Miles: 62.29
Night Sleep Time: 50.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 53.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Day of rest. Went to church.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-11 07:47:38
Workout Totals: Distance10.040Time1:17:21.40Pace7:42.29
Total of 10. Benjamin did 10, Jenny 6, Julia 4, Joseph 2 (sore throat), Jacob 3 (gave him a break as well), William 2, Stephen 1.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time21:52.20Pace7:17.40
With Benjamin and Jacob.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time16:50.30Pace8:15.25
With Benjamin and Joseph.
Leg 3:Distance5.000Time38:38.90Pace7:43.78
With Benjamin and Jenny.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 10.04
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-12 07:43:39
Workout Totals: Distance13.400Time1:50:54.20Pace8:16.58
Did a workout with Benjamin, more or less the same one as last week. 3 mile tempo on an out and back course with two 180s with 0.75 up, 1.5 down, and 0.75 up in the canyon + 4x0.25 except this time 2 up followed by 2 down.

Benjamin paced me through the first 1.5 then took off. The splits were 86,87,89,82(5:44),82,82, then Benjamin 3:34 for the next 0.75 down followed by 87,80,79, myself 85, then 2:50 for 0.5, 93,90,88 - Benjamin 16:09, myself 17:14 - improvement over last week.

Then we ran the quarters, two up, and two down. I got 77.5, 78.7, 70.6, 69.8. Benjamin had 67,68,61,59.7.

I had Joseph and Jacob run a bit less today again to help them be fresh for Draper Days. We took the van to get checked at a car shop and then ran back.
Leg 1:Distance3.200Time25:56.70Pace8:06.47
Leg 2:Distance3.000Time17:14.70Pace5:44.90
Tempo run.
Leg 3:Distance0.750Time9:10.50Pace12:14.00
Leg 4:Distance0.250Time1:17.50Pace5:10.00
Up quarter.
Leg 5:Distance0.250Time3:24.00Pace13:36.00
Leg 6:Distance0.250Time1:18.70Pace5:14.80
Up quarter.
Leg 7:Distance0.250Time3:29.10Pace13:56.40
Leg 8:Distance0.250Time1:10.50Pace4:42.00
Down quarter.
Leg 9:Distance0.250Time3:09.90Pace12:39.60
Leg 10:Distance0.250Time1:09.80Pace4:39.20
Quarter down.
Leg 11:Distance1.400Time14:41.60Pace10:29.71
Leg 12:Distance3.300Time28:51.20Pace8:44.61
From the car shop with Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 13.40
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-13 06:48:32
Workout Totals: Distance10.000Time1:11:29.00Pace7:08.90
Ran 10 alone today because I had to get to the OpenWest conference. Ran into Curtis Eppley who was celebrating his 50th birthday by running 50 K. He was moving at a good pace up the canyon and caught up to me. We ran together at about 7:00 pace which is very respectable if you are going up the canyon.

Gave two presentations at OpenWest, then participated in the Capture the Flag competition. It was very tempting to stay up late solving the problems when I got home, but I knew Draper Days was coming up, so I made sure to get to bed on time.

Kids ran their usual distances - Benjamin ran with Joseph and Jacob.
Leg 1:Distance10.000Time1:11:29.00Pace7:08.90

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-14 08:08:45
Workout Totals: Distance8.000Time1:05:27.00Pace8:10.88
Did a small taper for Draper Days - only 8 miles today. Benjamin did 8, Joseph and Jacob did 3, Jenny and Julia 3 as well, William 2, Stephen 1, Matthew 0.25.
Leg 1:Distance3.000Time25:43.00Pace8:34.33
Leg 2:Distance5.000Time39:44.00Pace7:56.80

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-15 08:01:44
Workout Totals: Distance8.040Time1:02:58.70Pace7:49.99
8 total - tapering. Benjamin did 6, Jenny and Julia 2, Joseph and Jacob 2, William and Stephen 1, Matthew 0.25.
Leg 1:Distance6.000Time47:35.80Pace7:55.97
With Benjamin.
Leg 2:Distance2.040Time15:22.90Pace7:32.40
With Joseph and Jacob.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 8.04
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Race: Draper Days 5 K (3.107 Miles) 00:17:17, Place overall: 13, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Fast Running Friend Workout - 2016-07-16 06:33:56
Workout Totals: Distance12.807Time1:41:39.20Pace7:56.24
Draper Days 5 K, 17:17, 13th overall, 4th master.

We did our family time challenge. Same crew as last year - myself (17:17), Sarah (29:50), Benjamin(15:56), Jenny(21:10), Julia(22:36), Joseph(19:10), Jacob(19:19), William(22:20). Average of 20:57. Those who are not pregnant (that is everybody except Sarah) averaged 19:41. Dad and boys averaged 18:48, Mom and girls got 24:32.

All the kids ran a PR (for Benjamin, road PR, other kids have never raced a 5000 on the track). I was off master's PR by 3 seconds, but got the fastest time in 2 years. Sarah ran an advanced pregnancy PR, which is quite remarkable as she has run consistently for the last 16 years, so her PRs were not that far off her potential, she is 40 years old, and is 28 weeks pregnant with our tenth child. Even though I was aware of her fitness I was pleasantly surprised with how well she did.

Top finishers:

Kollin Murphy 17:08

I opened with 5:28 (uphill), second mile was 5:29 (downhill), then 13:45 at 4 K. Last 1.107 uphill was 6:20 (5:43 pace). I followed Matt Wolpert and Graig Green for the first 0.75 or so, then they surged, and I knew it was too fast, so I backed off and ran with Mark and Dan. Dan dropped back around 1.5, Mark took the lead shortly before 2, I tried to hang on. I thought he would drop me earlier, he almost did around 4 K, but I regrouped and closed the gap. However, with a quarter to go I just did not have another gear. I felt like I lacked a few nanograms of testosterone to be competitive in that last quarter. Nevertheless I improved from last year, and was only 3 seconds slower than my master's PR. I am very happy about this improvement.

Mark ran a great race - a new PR.

Benjamin appears to be on the mend. He was able to improve his last year's time by a little bit. His start was sluggish - 5:09, but then he shifted gears and was able to run 4:53. In the last mile he lost the steam, but still managed 5:54 for the last 1.107 uphill, which is 5:19 pace. He let go of Ken from the start, closed a little bit, but then I think let go again.

Joseph and Jacob started out too slow - 6:20, then shifted gears and ran 5:54 on the downhill mile, but then both ran out of steam - Joseph less than Jacob. At 4 K Joseph had 15:20, Jacob 15:21, then last 1 K was 3:50 for Joseph, 3:58 for Jacob. Last 1.107 - Joseph 6:56 (6:15 pace), Jacob 7:05 (6:23 pace).

Jenny got to 2 miles in 13:32 (6:48,6:44), and then ran the last 1.107 in 7:38 (6:53 pace). So she had very even effort. Her time of 21:10 is the new Pachev family women's record.

William's and Julia's splits are unknown because they did not have a watch. Julia was ahead for about 2 miles, then William passed her. Both got PRs, though - Julia by 18 seconds, William by 55 seconds. Julia set a family record for girls 13 and under.

Sarah opened in 9:33, then 9:30 on the downhill, and 10:47 for the last 1.107 (9:44 pace). Her split at 5 K was 23:53, so 5:57 for the last 1 K.

Sarah set a new virtual pregnancy standard. Now anybody who cannot break 29:50 in a 5 K is virtually pregnant - in the third trimester and with the tenth child too!
Leg 1:Distance1.200Time10:29.50Pace8:44.58
Leg 2:Distance4.407Time29:51.20Pace6:46.44
The race
Split 1:Distance3.107Time17:17.50Pace5:33.92
My time.
Split 2:Distance1.300Time12:33.70Pace9:39.77
Back to meet Sarah and finish with her.
Leg 3:Distance5.700Time48:09.80Pace8:26.98
Distance with Benjamin, Steve, and Jake Larsen. Mark Payne and Craig Green joined us for part of it.
Leg 4:Distance1.000Time8:29.10Pace8:29.10
With Stephen.
Leg 5:Distance0.500Time4:39.60Pace9:19.20
With Matthew.

Black Crocs 2 Miles: 12.81
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Black Crocs 2 Miles: 62.29
Night Sleep Time: 50.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 53.00
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