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unofficial highest mileage week in blog history(nov 2019, 200 miles)

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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: 20.00 Month: 20.00 Year: 1473.75
Fly's Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Pegs 36 #8 Lifetime Miles: 451.00
Pegs #9 Lifetime Miles: 322.25
Peg 37 White Lifetime Miles: 248.50
Streak LT Lifetime Miles: 4.50
Peg 37 Navy Lifetime Miles: 444.50
Peg 37 Magenta Lifetime Miles: 245.00
Total Distance
210.50
Peg 37 White Miles: 29.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 163.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 12.50
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3 on sokol, 6:13 pace. forgot which pegs i wore

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16.00

AM - 10 miles on mural, 6:04 pace. felt really good; wasn't blowing the door off the hinges the last few miles like i tend to at mural but was strong throughout. very muddy run.

was reading a book by brad hudson yesterday where he wrote that a marathon runner doing a bunch of 400m repeats for a workout is as useful as a 400m sprinter doing a 20-mile training run for endurance. i respect him as a coach(i wouldn't have been reading his book otherwise), but i still thought that was a really stupid take. while you're likely running much faster than you'd run in a marathon, it still helps to reinforce good form and mechanics, which is vital in a long race. if he had just said it wasn't an efficient workout for a marathoner i'd have no problem with it, but it's the sprinter analogy that annoys me. not like i could write a book any better, though. 

PM - 6 on mural, 6:16 pace. have 1-4pm off from work today, so as soon as my long break started i got the rest of my miles in. since it was only about 6 hours recovery since the last run and i spent a majority of it on my feet, wasn't running with much spunk. with that being said, honestly surprised it was that quick. i'll credit the storm hitting later today for making it 70's and windy out, which did me a lot more favors than the normal 1pm weather down here.

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00
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7.00

AM - 4 on mural, 6:09 pace. despite using the same phone alarm to wake up at 4am every day, today it decided to go off on silent mode(i've said it before and i'll say it again, extremely dumb feature for an alarm. my phone wasn't even on vibrate or "do not disturb"). i guess it's not a bad thing considering if i ended up waking up at 7:30 without it i probably needed more sleep than the alarm would have given me, but it also means it was already 70's with 97% humidity out the second i woke up.

having stayed in alabama the last couple summers i already knew easy running in humidity sucks, but aerobic running in humidity REALLY sucks. luckily i'm going to provo for at least a portion of this summer, but i am curious if it's something i could adjust to, if i could do something like that 23-miler at 6:13 pace i did a couple weeks back in these swampy-ass conditions. now THAT would be impressive.

PM - 3 on hilton, 5:49 pace. apparently, it was a BOGO for getting my ass kicked by humidity today, although if i'd waited another 2 hours for it to get dark out i think i would have been able to go 6-7 like i wanted. gonna just pretend this was a tempo run so i don't feel as bad for only getting 7 miles in today lol

Peg 37 White Miles: 4.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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4.00

PM - 4 on the roads, 6:30 pace. stormed all day and didn't clear up enough until pretty late, so got to do a run down some empty campus roads which is always fun, even if i hate running on hard surfaces. wanted to go longer, but again the legs really aren't fond of asphalt(god forbid i run on a sidewalk someday)

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 4.00
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11.00

AM - 3-mile shakeout on hilton, 6:29 pace.

PM - 8 miles on mural, 5:43 pace. once again got my ass kicked by the heat, have to accept the weather two weeks ago was a fluke and any long runs will probably have to be done in the morning the next few months. after 5 miles of a great groove i realized the heat was starting to hit me hard so i decided to just close with a strong 3 miles and get out before i got killed. ran that in 16:37(5:37, 5:30, 5:30). 

i keep trying to imagine aaron rodgers not on the packers next year, it just sounds weird. wonder if all those anonymous sources on twitter are true

Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 8.00
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3.00

AM - 3 before work on mural, 6:09 pace. felt very easy. all i had time for today, hoping to get some decent mileage in tomorrow.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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9.00

AM - 9 on mural, 6:05 pace. very very wet, probably 60% of my backside was soaked in mud by the end. i like to think it'd have been faster otherwise, but this still felt pretty easy. excited to see how elevation affects these aerobic runs, and even more excited to see how fast i'm running them when i get back to bama after a solid summer of elevation training

Peg 37 White Miles: 9.00
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3.00

likely no running today. i got really nauseous with a killer migraine for most of yesterday and by the time i went to bed i was super achey and burning up. i feel better this morning, but not 100%. hopefully it's just a stomach flu or something and not COVID because i'm supposed to drive up to utah in a few days and that's just godawful timing. sounds like the kind of thing to happen to me, though. guess we'll see.

the symptoms started showing up after i cooked some eggs yesterday that i left a little runny, so it could be salmonella. honestly i hope so

PM - 3. after some advil and allergy pills this morning, felt much better. run was just "eh", but that's fine. gashed my shin open pretty good on a branch, didn't realize until i was getting gas for my car after and look down and see it bleeding everywhere

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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3.00

3 in a big storm, 6:20 pace

Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00
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3.00

3 in another big storm, 6:17 pace

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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15.00

AM - 10 on the rail trail, 5:51 pace. felt great. drove down to yeehaw country(also known as texas) on monday and would have ran more since, but a brutal storm hit about a mile into that first texas run and lasted until late last night. hate running on asphalt but i'll be dadgum'd if it isn't easy to run fast on

PM - 5 on the country backroads, 5:53 pace. very hilly, very windy. only reason it was that fast was all the downhill(and tailwind) came in the last two miles, those were 5:37 and 5:28. went off today! i'm sure i'll be tired for the morning run tomorrow.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 15.00
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16.00

AM - 10 on the hilly backroads again, 6:11 pace. ran this right after waking up without the aid of caffeine; i usually wake up at least 90 minutes before a run to really wake up and ALWAYS have some form of caffeine beforehand, and today i saw the effect of it, or lack thereof. the pace was good but mentally i just didn't want to be out there lol. sucked it up and did what i needed to do.

PM - 6 miles on the backroads, 6:09 pace. first time running 15+ mile days back-to-back since january. that's embarrassing :) what's more embarrassing is if i continue the trend tomorrow, it'll be the first time since september!

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 16.00
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17.00

AM - 11 miles on the backroads, 6:09 pace. made sure to make it extra hilly. 

PM - 6 backroads, 6:00 pace. ran at 3:30 with not a cloud in sight and i only sort of completely regretted it. i hear heat stroke builds character

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 17.00
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10.00

AM - 10 on backroads, 6:09 pace. slept in and started the run at 8:30, oh boy did that suck. wasn't super hot but sun was blaring and it was warm enough to bring the misery. hills were just salt in the metaphorical wound. probably not running tonight so i can wake up absurdly early tomorrow to drive to provo, and considering that drive is about 18 hours not sure how running tomorrow will fare either. it'll probably be a two day drive, but i'd rather the second day be shorter. last few days were money so i'm not too worried about an off day.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
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3.00

PM - 3 in farmington, new mexico. 5:56 pace. knew the ~6000ft elevation was gonna kick my ass before i even started the run, i just don't think i was aware how much i could get my ass kicked :)  good god that thin air burns the lungs something terrible. i woke up at 2am and had done a 13-hour drive prior so i'm gonna say those were also major factors for the suffering, if nothing else than to help me sleep tonight. would have done more but the place i drove out to ended up being a major dud for a running route; all short dead ends or had lots of aggressive trailer park dogs. 

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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5.00

AM - 5, 5:59 pace. was gonna run on the treadmill at the hotel, but the gym there was literally 93 degrees and the thermostat wouldn't turn down, so decided just to leave for provo an hour early. found out during the drive i'd be arriving about an hour before my homie i'm staying with would be home, so decided to run a few miles on this random desert road so i wouldn't be waiting around once i got to provo. considering i drove for 5 hours then just jumped out the car to run, i'd say it was a good run. elevation still kicked my ass but much less than yesterday. i need a run where my legs aren't stiff from a long car ride to really see how much the elevation is affecting me

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
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6.00

AM - 6 miles trying(to no avail) to find a good running route immediately by the place i'm staying the next few weeks. 6:10 pace. i assume some people enjoy running in that they get to explore new areas; not me. guess it's time to go hunting for the perfect morning trail.

also, got asked to be a groomsman yesterday for a wedding in a couple weeks. only mentioning this because the groom in question reads my blog and i'm calling him out for not telling me he was engaged until yesterday, even though he knew i was coming to utah this summer for months, and has been engaged for months. his fiancee reminded him about asking me about the groomsman thing and i wonder how much longer he'd have waited to ask if not for that. anyway s/o to will; my wedding gift for you is me buying the dress clothes i wasn't aware i needed to bring with me. besides that, happy for them. the three of us have been friends for like 8 years and if you've seen the last episode of the office where michael says "my kids are growing up and marrying each other", that's the vibe

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00
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11.00

AM - 3 on kiwanis, 6:30 pace. never running here again lol, the unkept lawn in front of the UA law school is a better grass loop than kiwanis was. would have just drove to the trail i've been eyeing and running another few miles there but my left calf hasn't felt good since i didall that asphalt/concrete running yesterday, and the uneven grass didn't do it any favors. i miss bama and the good grass loops it had, even with the unbearable humidity

Noon - 4 up and down a very technical mountain trail, 7:02 pace. considering garmin says i gained over 1000ft elevation just in the first two miles, that pace is pretty good, especially considering i could barely run back down without risking dying by means of a loooong tumble. probably donating plasma later today, if it doesn't kill me it's probably a triple-run day, even if the mileage won't constitute it. 0-for-3 on trying to find a good running route in provo! i'm depressed

PM - 4 on BYU mural, 5:55 pace. I ran the first couple miles of yesterday's run here and wasn't a huge fan, but after realizing there probably isn't a ~1300m flat and fast square grass loop like there is at bama, i liked it a bit more knowing there probably isn't much better as far as grass loops go. it's only about .40 miles and it's more shaped like a right-angled triangle than a loop, but take what you can get i guess.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 11.00
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10.00

AM - a little over 10 on BYU mural, 5:58 pace. felt pretty good; i was tired from staying up late watching a terrible horror movie with the people i'm staying with(joe wright's "woman in the window"), but physically it didn't feel harder than any other aerobic run i've done at lower elevation the past couple months.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
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14.00

AM - 3-mile shakeout, 6:28 pace. only did this because my homie wanted to do this workout with me but he was taking forever to wake up so i got some miles in.

AM2 - 8 x 200m with 200m jog recovery in 60". averaged about 31-flat. nothing too crazy; we weren't sure if we'd even find an open track so i didn't have a real workout planned, so just sort of pulled this out of the hat. felt pretty good. 10 for the AM in total. 

PM - 4 on mural, 5:57 pace. left achilles felt a bit tight, otherwise felt great.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 14.00
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15.50

AM - 12.5 with the blog sensei himself(better known as sasha) and blog veteran chad(pretty sure i got his name right. i'm no elephant!). 7:05 pace with a 5-mile pickup in there in 29:13 that felt REALLY good. kept having to check my watch because i don't think 5:50 pace has ever felt that easy. i would have taken pacing duties for a couple of miles, but as soon as i got ahead sasha had to scold me for (unintentionally) dropping the pace down :) can't remember the last time i ran with someone(again, no elephant); it definitely was a nice way to have the run go by a little faster.

PM - 3 on mural after work. 6:4x pace

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 12.50
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bagel

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another bagel today. ran after my first job moving stuff and had my right peroneal tendon flare up. it's happened a handful of times the past year or so, and every time i've shot myself in the foot(or ankle) by coming back just a smidge too early and extending the time spent not running. i'll probably give it the full 72-hour recovery. done some strength work(mostly above the waist) to compensate. it sucks, but what can you do.

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PM - 3 on mural, 6:09 pace. i was taking it easy, i swear. ankle felt a bit tight, but wasn't hurting so fingers crossed i'm in the clear

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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5.00

Noon - about 5. ankle continued to bug me after wednesday's run, but i said i'd play coach and give my basketball-focused homeboy a workout to get him some aerobic fitness(8 x 400 w/ 200m rec). the first 4 he was dropping off pace each repeat, so i offered to pace him for the first 200m of #5; did that in like 41(he'd been averaging like 92 up to that point). i was surprised my ankle felt better after it, so i told him i'd run his last 3 and just to stick on me. ran 85, 80, and 75 with him in tow on every repeat, so i'm proud of him. didn't put in much effort on my part, but somehow my ankle just felt better on every 400 until it felt completely normal on the last one, and about 90 minutes later it still feels fine. weird. not gonna run again today, but that's a huge boon if by some miracle jumping into his workout cleared up the tendonitis.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
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3.00

PM - 3 miles, 5:50 pace. probably(definitely) too fast, but eh, my legs were supercharged and it was a short run. ran without the calf sleeve after basically having that thing on 24/7 since last saturday, barely noticed it

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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3.00

PM - 3 miles between shifts, 5:52 pace. ran on a grass field with a pretty good slope on either side so got some uphill running in too

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
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12.00

AM - 8 miles up and down the canyon, 6:04 pace. first few miles were all uphill with a strong headwind. sort of demoralizing to start a run, but once i turned around and had nothing but downhill and tailwind, it got a lot more fun. kept track of the mile markers on the trail, so even though i ran what my watch called 8, it seemed to undermeasure a bit. i hate blogging mileage that doesn't end in .0 or .5, so i won't add an extra 100m or so, but i will take two seconds off to account for what the pace more likely actually was(watch said 6:06). hate to jinx myself but i think this one signified the ankle is all better and i'm ready to get back in the trenches, so to speak.

PM - 4 on mural

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 12.00
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210.50
Peg 37 White Miles: 29.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 163.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 12.50
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