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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Nov 13, 2009

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon 2008 = 3:05

Boston Marathon 2009 = 3:07

Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon 2010 = 3:07 (in Five Fingers Bikilas)

1500 meters this summer = 4:36

Ran 30 miles on my 30th birthday (Feb 7 2010)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours in the marathon

Run a trail ultra

 Find a way to run high mileage without injuring myself. My current theory is that transitioning out of my super-cushioned shoes into more minimalist shoes or bare feet will help improve my form and make this possible.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run a 100 mile race.

Personal:

I am happily married to Jenni. We have three energetic little boys who also enjoy to run. Jenni and I are both going to try learning how to run without shoes this year.

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: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 11.00
FiveFingers Lifetime Miles: 118.00
New Balance 790 Lifetime Miles: 128.00
Inov 8 Roclite 295 Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
42.500.000.000.0042.50
Barefoot Miles: 2.00FiveFingers Miles: 15.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Ran 5 miles on my standard waterfront route with group from work. Unfortunately I had to wear shoes because my five fingers won't arrive until tomorrow (REI here was sold out - very popular in Seattle right now)

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

5.0 miles: Ran my usual waterfront route at lunchtime. Nice easy pace. Felt great except for pain in my right arch which has been bothering me on and off for a ling time.

 2.0 miles: When I got home from work my Vibram Five Fingers had arrived so I went on another run to test them out (I didn't have time to go out until about 10:00 pm). It felt great. I felt like a ninja.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

I took off this morning in my five fingers with the goal of doing a 5 mile out and back, but then chickened out when my calves started burning a little, and cut it short. The rest of the day they weren't that sore, so I think I could have done the full five. I love the new shoes, I feel like I run a lot smoother.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

Monday's run was an easy two miles on my usual waterfront route downtown Seattle. I ran with a friend who also ran in FiveFingers. It felt great, but my calves were still pretty tight, so we held it to two miles. Man, I learned that people are very passionate about the fact that your feet need supportive shoes. I got several comments as I ran through downtown, and the best was in the elevator on the way up to the showers. One guy asked if I really was running in those weird shoes, and when I said yes, he went off on why that's not a smart thing to do. Something about feet not designed to run on pavement. Anyway, it definitely makes the lunchtime runs more interesting.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Another easy run on the waterfront. I went four miles in FiveFingers at about a 7:30 pace, and it felt great. My calves loosened up and I focused a lot on using good form and fast cadence. I think it made a difference and I enjoyed the whole run. My calves are still pretty tight tonight, though, so I might give them a day off. I'm not sure if that will mean resting or running in shoes to take the pressure off the calves. The only problem is that running in my big-heel shoes sounds so clunky after the ninja-like experience I've been having in FiveFingers.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

I didn't have time to go running until after the kids were in bed, so I headed out around 9:00 pm. Some kind of warm weather front had blown in, so it was 56 degrees. Ahh, coastal living. I wanted to work on my form, so I ran down the hill to an outdoor synthetic track, took off my FiveFingers (ff's from now on), and ran around the track barefoot. I did 5 laps and it felt really good. I think I learned a lot. I went to put my ff's back on, put my foot was still sore from where they rubbed me the other day. So I just ran the mile home barefoot. It felt really good and I noticed the subtle differences in my form. I think spending some time barefoot will definitely help the transition.

Barefoot Miles: 2.00FiveFingers Miles: 1.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

I ran the whole waterfront 5 mile route in my FiveFingers! This was the furthest I've gone yet in them, but I'm gaining a lot of confidence. My calves were not nearly as sore, I think that focusing on adjusting my form really helped. I still have some issues with rubbing under my right arch, but a band-aid helped. Also, my right arch is a little sore after the run, but I don't attribute that to barefooting. It has bothered me for a long time, and my diagnosis is plantar fascia stress probably caused by those darn shoes I used to wear! Barefooting isn't making the pain magically go away, but it isn't any worse, and I have hope that in the long run my arches will be healthier for it. 

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Today I decided to do some trail time. I only had an hour available this morning, so I met a friend at the entrance to Discovery Park near our house, which has quite an awesome network of dirt trails to run. I didn't time it and the four miles is a rough estimate of how far we went, but what I do know for sure is that it was great fun. I really liked doing the dirt trails in FiveFingers, it was a nice change from the paved trails. Makes me want to do a trail race soon...

FiveFingers Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Ouch! I think I just sustained my first barefoot running injury. I felt a little twinge in my right foot when I ran on Saturday, but didn't think too much of it. I attributed it to altering my step slightly to take stress off a blister on my arch. Today I ran 5 miles on the waterfront and I started off with some tightness in the tendons near the front of that foot. I did the run at a semi-brisk pace, 7:20 per mile, and by the end I was feeling pain in the foot everytime it hit the ground. Now I can barely walk on it. I will ice it and take a couple days off, and then ease back onto it. Hopefully it's just a minor setback.

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Easy trail run in shoes. My foot feels fine as long as I'm back in my old running shoes, but still feels tender when I barefoot.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
42.500.000.000.0042.50
Barefoot Miles: 2.00FiveFingers Miles: 15.00
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