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.
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AM-4 easy miles before lifting
PM-10.2 easy miles with strides. Felt tired.
Long run from Kramer’s house. His family provided breakfast after. He is doing better since his collapse a few weeks ago.
AM-5.25 with Michael, Josh, and Talem.
PM-8x400. Didn’t feel good during these. Felt really sluggish and had no pop in my legs. 61, 61, 61, 60, 60, 60, 60, 57. 90 seconds rest and then 3 min after 6th rep.
PM-12 miles and strides
AM-4.2 icy miles with Josh, Michael, and Talem.
PM-9 miles. 2x400, 2x200 at 62, 60, 28, 26.
AM-5 frozen miles in Iowa.
PM-3 miles, strides, and 2x200m at goal pace.
||Iowa State Classic (3.107 Miles) 00:13:39, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 5|
AM-10 minute shakeout with Clayson and Jake.
PM-5k race in Iowa. I ran a PR by 13 seconds. 9 mile cool down, two mile warm up. Shoutout to Trevor Dunbar for pacing perfectly for 4K, and to Clayton Young for having a kid a few weeks ago, buying a car this weekend, and then running 13:34.
Race report long writeup: Got there a couple hours before the race started. I was pretty nervous, but felt really good doing strides yesterday, so I was confident. After the warm up when I was putting on my spikes, Coach showed me the results from the race at UW. It put a little more pressure on my to run my goal time of 13:39, but I was confident in it. I started next to Clayson and there was a lot of room where we started. I quickly was in the back and while I felt the pace was slow, it wasn't. I came around 800m at 2:10 and realized I was in good position, and right where I wanted to be. At 1200m I was at 3:17 and debated on moving up, but we got back on pace pretty quick, and I was fine. I think I was at 4:22 at the 1600m mark, and just kept calm. The race didn't feel too bad, but it was definately a good effort. I hit 8:49-50 at 3200m and realized I may need to start picking it up. With 1000m to go, I looked at the time and saw 11:00 or something and told myself I had to urn 2:39 to get sub-13:40. I went around the pack of 8 or 9 guys quickly and was in third. I was apprehensive to do this becasuse I knew it was going to hurt and increase the risk of me burning out, but I was pleasently surprised when it didn't. I saw Clayton and Edwin Kurgat were gapping us and I tried to catch them. I didn't look around me to see the pack on my heels, but focused on Clayton. He was leading and his gap was increasing. I just kept telling myself "Bama or bust," which is a reference to either go to indoor nationals, or blow up in this race trying. As we continually got closer to the finish, I saw my goal of sub 13:40 getting closer and closer within reach. With 300m to go, I was pretty sure I had it, and this sense of confidence may ahve slowed me down, as I had one of the slowest last laps in the race, but I got the goal at hte finish. I was passed by 2 people in the last 100m, but it was fine. We had 4 guys from BYU run 13:42 or faster, with Clayton getting the win at 13:34.
Long run. Started at 0 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill making it to negative 17, but by the end it was 9 degrees and the wind chill said -9. It wasn’t as bad because we did 90% of the run not into the wind.
AM-7.5 miles with Clayson
PM-12 miles and then strides after on the outdoor track.
AM-4.2 easy miles with Michael.
PM-10x1000m at intramural field. Went off watches instead of the wheel this time, so times are a bit faster. We went 3:02 on the first two, had a few 2:57s, then coach told Jared that he is building his base for the marathon while we were recovering from a race. So then he dropped the hammer and we were told to make sur ewe recover and not go with him. We had some around 2:55-59 for the next few, then our last two were 2:51s.
AM-7.1 easy miles with Josh, Michael, and Talem.
PM-10 miles in the rain and slush. Probably shouldn't have front-loaded my week this much.
AM5.2 easy miles with Josh.
PM-Mile, 1200, 800, 800 at 4:28, 3:16, 2:07, 2:07. Easier workout than usual, but it was good.
AM-4.2 easy miles
PM-Carterville and strides.
Long run today. It was pretty windy, and was a pain for the first 9 miles, but made the next 9 not too bad.
AM-2xmile at 4:51 and 4:53, then 1200 at 3:16, 800 at 2:07 and 2x400 at 61, 58. I felt pretty good and it wasn’t a very hard workout. MPSF this weekend should be good.
PM-5.8 miles on soft surface.
AM-5.2 easy miles with the morning run group. Today was the first time in a while that we had everyone.
PM-12 miles and strides.
AM-5.2 easy miles with Josh and Michael.
PM-4x400 at 61, 64, 59, 59. First two I was trying to just get in 63 pace but did a poor job, next two I went with the guys who were running mile pace.
AM-4 easy miles way too early.
PM-9 miles with strides. Really pretty run around Seattle.
AM-5 easy miles with Rory around the lake.
PM-3 miles, strides, and a 200m.
||MPSF (1.864 Miles) 00:07:50, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2|
AM-2 mile shakeout.
PM-About 3 mile warm up, strides.
Race went well. The start was quick and I was cut off early on by someone that tried to run across all the lanes in just half of the straightaway. I tried to be relaxed early on. 61 through 400m and I was at the back, so that was a bit fast. At 800m I heard 2:07, and knew that was quite a bit slower than what we needed (goal was 63 per 400m with a fast finish). While this may have been an inaccurate 400m split, I decided to make it to the front. I saw John Dressel behind the pacers and I quickly caught up to them and hung on behind him. At 1200m I heard 3:08, and just thought to myself that I was in a perfect spot. I knew Rory was behind me, and the goal was to make sure that we both got qualified, so I was in a great position. At hte 1600m I heard 4:10 and Matt dropped off(he was one of the pacers). I got behind Alex Ostberg, who was the other pacer, and I felt the pace going slower. I tried to tell him to speed it up a couple times, but I don't think he heard me. When he dropped off, I tried to start moving faster and finish strong. I was alone up front and we were 2k in. I felt pretty good and had prepared myself to speed up here. That lasted about 150m, and then I realized I was in a lot of pain, and having over 800m to go was a lot. I got passed by Brandt and just tried to hold on. I didn't think I had slowed down when I was in the lead, but after watching the race, I had quite a bit. At 600m to go(about the time I got passed), I felt like I was in trouble. The pain was coming in, and I was gritting my teeth to just stay up with Brandt. At 400m to go, Isaac yelled "'Bama or Bust!" and I just gained enough momentum to stay with him for the next 200m. When I hit 2800m I heard Coach yell "7:21," and I knew I needed to run a 30 second last 200 to qualify, but I was hurting. I just didn’t want to have this whole weekend of missing class go to waste if I bagged the last 200 and didn’t make it. I stayed close to Brandt, saw a couple Oregon runners try and pass me, sped up just enough to beat them to the line, and then crossed at 7:50 to get both a PR and a qualifier.
About 4 miles after, some with John Dressel and his teammate and then some with Rory and Carlos, as well as a run when we got back to the hotel.
AM-5 easy miles alone on the grass.
PM-8 miles at practice, then I booked it to take a test, then 5 miles right after with Garrett Barton.
AM-5.2 miles with Michael.
PM-2 mile tempo at Intramural field. Different GPS watches had us at different distances, so we did 4 loops and then called it. GPS watches ranged from 9:26-46. Felt relaxed. Then we did 10 minutes of 30 seconds at 3k pace, 30 seconds "jog". This was different than any workout I had run for a long time and I was a bit nervous because 3k pace is fast, and trying to run that on the grass with tight turns is painful, but it felt pretty good for the first 5 minutes and then I just took it one at a time. We did a little over 2 miles during this time. Cool down after.
AM-5.2 miles with Josh.
PM-10 miles and strides after. Felt good.
AM-4.2 miles with Josh and Aidan.
PM- (mile, 800, 400) x2 at 4:30, 2:10, 62, 4:26, 2:08/09, 58. Equal recovery. Felt a bit hard early on, but as the repeats went on I felt better. It was pretty windy, but luckily we didn't get the majority of the storm.
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