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-10 miles. Happy new year! As I have done for the last 6 or 7 years, I enjoyed a great night sleep last night, choosing now to stay up late.
AM-18.1 miles at 5:51 pace with Spencer Nelson. We did a 5 mile pickup at around 5:10-15 average. I can't really remember.
AM-12 miles from my apartment.
PM-6.5 miles with Clayson and Will.
AM-4.4 mile warm up, 5 miles at 24:47, and just over a 3 mile cool down. Tempo today. So, my watch battery died, and I left my charger in Smithfield, so I just went with the guys for the first few. They told me we hit 5:00 for the first mile, which I would've been fine with at the slowest, but it was really 5:08. After that, I sped up. Honestly, there's a lot this time can work on, and one of the things I think is tempo runs.
AM-10.3 with Doc.
PM-5 miles with Clayton.
AM-12.5 miles total. 4.25 warm up, 2x(mile, 1200, 800) with equal recovery at K park. It was pretty slick. Splits were approximate because it wasn't wheeled and my watch's battery is still dead. I just went off feel, but because it was slippery, it was pretty slow. 5:00, 3:40, 2:18, 4:45 (sun started coming out), 3:34, and 2:20. Ran on my own for all the reps until the last 800.
AM-18 mile long run in Springfield and up hobble creek canyon. It was pretty, but also fairly icy at some places. I only fell once, and luckily I landed in the snow.
AM-6.16 miles at the track field. Lots of grass loops.
PM-13.5 with Clayson, Matt, and Adam. Matt just informed us he is getting married on Saturday instead of in Februrary.
AM-5.2 easy miles of grass loops.
PM-Michigan today. Splits were 4:22, 4:56(grass), 3:15, 4:50(grass), 2:05, 4:50(grass), 59, 4:44(grass). Felt great on the track for the first few, but after that I knew I had gone out too quick. Grass didn't feel as tempo-like as it should, which probably means I went too hard on the track.
AM-7.2 easy miles with Michael and Clayson. We talked about what Michael should name his daughter.
PM-8.7 miles with Elijah. Strides were added on at the end to get used to the indoor track.
AM-5.2 with Clayson and a friend whose dad served as a missionary companion with Coach Eyestone.
PM-9.2. Did an 800, 400, 400, 200, 200 at 2:07, 61, 60, 27, 27, with 400, jog after everything other than the 200s which had a 200m jog. I was not having a great day with pacing, and ran everything a bit too quick. Goals were 2:10, 62, 62, 29, 29. I felt fine though.
AM-6.75 miles picking up people throughout. We started pretty slow, and someone passing us started talking to us. His name is Zack, he just started running a few months ago and has run a 68 minute half marathon. After Brady Early, a former teammate, ran into us after we talked about how we were surprised we never saw him on our runs.
PM-4 miles. 3.2 warm up, then strides, 400m at goal pace (too fast...60... I messed up again), and then 200m at 30.
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AM-2.1 mile shakeout.
PM-Warm up, strides, then we raced. They put us in positions randomly. This led to me being on the back line. Honestly, a four lane track with twenty people is already pretty packed, but the start is the worst. Kramer let me switch him spots so I could be in the front line. I was surprisingly more nervous than I've been for a race in a long time, but the nerves settled quickly. We started, I got out well, Talem paced me for the first 4 laps (5 laps to the mile on our track). I felt pretty good, but could tell we were slowing after the second lap, so I told him to speed up. After he dropped, I ran a quick lap(50), and then stayed consistent the rest of the way. My goal was 8:00 to 8:05 if things weren't feeling great, and under 8:00 if I was doing well. With 800m to go, I saw I needed to run a 2:08 for the last 800m to hit 8:00, so I knew I was on pace. I didn't speed up that much, but maintained well and finished at 7:58. Afterward, my throat burned from the air in the facility. While I do like our facilities, the air can burn your nose and throat sometimes. Just over a 10 mile cool down after. The team killed it today, which was really impressive to see.
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