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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PM-3 miles with Milly.
AM-4.2 miles with Clayson.
PM-7 miles with Rory in Austin. It was hot!
AM-3.2 easy miles.
PM-a little over 4 miles with strides. Felt fast.
||NCAA track and field championships (6.214 Miles) 00:29:19, Place overall: 4|
AM-2 mile shakeout.
PM-race. Went well, I’ll write more later. Clayton won, and McMillan was third. It was quite a spectacular day. 5 other qualifiers for day 2, and our decathlete did great.
Longer report: Boy is Austin HOT. We got to the track about 80 minutes before our race, relaxed for a bit, then warmed up about 45 minutes before we raced. I did the smallest warm up(less than 2 miles) to date due to the heat. Coach prepared us well for the heat, so we were staying cool until we were on the track. Did 4 strides, had a team prayer, and went to the start. Due to the weather, they had changed the schedule so that all other events were during the day, and we were at 9, so the stands were kinda empty; however there were probably 100 people in the stands cheering for BYU, which was sweet!
Gun went off, and I get on the rail right behind Connor Weaver. I didn't expect this race to go out too fast, and just tried to race similar to the Stanford Invite. While we were going considerably slower, it was tougher. I didn't think it was going to feel that hot, but by the fifth lap I started taking water. The first time I was in about 20th-22nd place, and I went outside to get water, but the person didn't hold it out, so I swung to lane 4 to grab in out of their hand. It was annoying, but we were going slow enough that it didn't jeopordize anything. As the race went on, I started grabbing water every lap, and sometimes twice a lap, and just throwing it on myself, and getting a sip every once in a while. I was feeling really dehydrated, but I had to tell myself that everyone else was feeling the same way. As the race played on, I just stuck on the back of the lead pack and waited for moves to be made. I remembered Rory mentioned how at regionals there would be a lot of times when people would look like they'd make moves and then nothing coming from them, and after noticing that here, I just waited in the back. At 5k I moved up and eventually I got behind Clayton. Spent most of the race on the inside, which was nice. With 4 laps to go, I was feeling fatigued, but then heard someone in the crowd yell that we had less than a mile to go, which changed my mindset, and I was ready for us to pick it up. It picked up with 2 laps to go, and then with a lap to go I was boxed in a bit and started watching Clayton lead the race and hope he would win it. After maybe 100m, I realized I'm still racing, and I don't know why I didn't try and catch Clayton, but I sped up just enough to hold off fifth. In the last 30 meters, I was catching McMillan, and I knew Hassan Abdi was closing hard, so I yell at McMillan to speed up. He didn't hear me, but he finished right ahead of me by less than a tenth of a second.
It was probably one of the coolest things to finish a race with 3 guys on our team doing so well. BYU's distance squad had a lot of bad races at nationals the past few years, which made this accomplishment feel even sweeter. 3ish mile cool down with Clayton.
AM-3.7 with clayson past the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue.
PM-3.4 with strides.
||NCAA track and field championships (3.107 Miles) 00:14:09, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 7|
Quick report: race went well, I positioned myself well with about 500m to go, but didn’t have the necessary speed to get in the top 3. Happy with 7th though.
AM-2 mile shakeout
PM-Race: Kept things about the same as the 10k, but I wasn't as prepared as I left my towel that I would soak in my hotel room, and I misplaced my hat that I would also soak in cold water. I knew that with the heat being such a factor from first-hand experience two days before-hand, I knew that the first 100m was going to be quick, but then it would go into a jog, and I prepared accordingly. It's hard to push the pace when it's that hot, so I chilled in the back, and let the race play out. After a few laps, I saw Clayton pop out into lane 2 and start moving up, so I followed. I got pushed right to the back. I kept telling myself to have fun in this race. There were even more moves in this race that didn't turn into anything substantial than the 10k, and I felt like it benefitted me to watch this. As the race moved forward, I would move up on the inside. With 5 laps to go, maybe even more, I started taking water every lap. It wasn’t because I was overheating, but it gave me something to do as I waited. Once the real racing started, I would stop, but no one was pushing the pace. With less than a mile to go a lot of people moved outside and I made a move to get right behind McDonald who was leading it with Grant on his shoulder. With 800m to go, the pace still hasn’t ramped up, but I was in perfect position(or so I thought). During this race I had a very different mentality and approach than I’ve ever had in a major race. I told myself to trust in my kick. With 600m to go, I probably would’ve taken water the race was so relaxed. With 500 to go, McDonald was in the middle of lane one, and I thought about squeezing on the inside and passing him and fisher. I hesitated, and I believe that was my only tactical mistake of the race. Fisher and McDonald didn’t speed up until other competitors got on their outside, and that left them ahead of me, cutting in right in front of me with about 400 to go. The next 200m, I felt like I was running backwards. People were flying by me, and I hadn’t accelerated as quickly, and went from 3rd to 8th in about 200m. I kept thinking of this same race 2 years ago, where Clayton was in first at 300 to go and faded to 10th or something. I didn’t want that to be me, but I kept thinking that I must be going to slow. With 200m to go, I looked back, saw Robert Brandt closing on me, and tried to kick so he wouldn’t pass me. I passed Kyle Mau, and then nearly caught Clayton, who I wasn’t even focused on, and then finished 7th. I felt like I still had a lot of energy after, but I couldn’t speed up much more in the last bit, I just neeeded to start my kick earlier. I’m happy with the way this season went, but I’m a bit dissatisfied. I felt like I may have sold myself a bit short mentally during races. It’s all good though, into cross country in the fall.
Short cool down with Clayton after.
AM-long run along the lake with some of the guys (5 of the 10k guys and Talem). Felt good until about 12 miles, then was a bit tired and probably really dehydrated.
AM-Just under 4 miles on my own, then up to 10 with my siblings. Ran on the beach and got to see a sea turtle who had just laid it’s eggs and was making it back to the sea.
AM-10 miles with Claire, 5 on my own. I’m not sure if we’ll have time for a second run, so I made it a little longer.
PM-Attempted to run 5 miles, but a questionable breakfast said no, so I settled for 4. Probably can’t run tomorrow due to travel, but if our flights don’t get cancelled or delayed, I might be able to run a couple miles in Chicago.
AM-10 miles at 6. I have class early, so looks like I'll be doing some running on my own.
PM-8 miles with Clayton, Talem, and Zac.
.5 miles with the team. I couldn't breathe other than short fast breathes, even though we were going over 7:30 pace, and eventually I had to stop with my hands on my knees. Arm also went numb when running, had chills and shakes later in the day. I walked back to the locker room, ended up spending most of the day at the hospital, but after a lot of tests, they couldn't determine the exact problem, but of all the things they expected, they all sound very minor. Hope to run a bit on Saturday.
AM-Despite what I was told, I thought I felt great in the morning, so I wanted to try and run a few miles(5) and then see how I felt in the later stages of the day. Well, I felt way better than yesterday, but had to call it. Still had trouble taking long breathes.
PM 1-1 hour of not too strenuous biking. I was told I could do it as long as I felt no chest pain.
PM 2-4 mile hike alone in the evening. Would've much rather been running the trail, but it's a nice hike. Had to be careful not to cause chest/lung pain.
AM-1 mile. Not sure if I should record this, but eh, I made it a half mile out on the long run with a hard time breathing, so I tried to play it safe. Slow jog back, then tried to go on a walk, but even that was really tough. So I waited for everyone at the cars. I really wish I didn't have this problem now, because I really look forward to running with the team.
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