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Blues at the Crossroads

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Lake Orion,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011



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Running Accomplishments:


16:52 Phillies Charities 5k (2016)

35:52 Beach to Beacon 10k (2015)

58:10 Broad Street 10 Mile (2016)

1:16:02 Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon (2015)

2:46:54 Philadelphia Marathon (2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

2021 Bike Races

Sept 11: Uncle John's Dirty Ride 56 Mile

Oct 2: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

Nov 6: Bell's Iceman Cometh


I live in Michigan with my wife, Megan. I started running in September 2010.

(Please note that Strava links might contain blog inappropriate langauge)


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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: 24.40 Month: 87.30 Year: 285.59
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Lifetime Miles: 225.45
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 613.75
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 443.70
Nike Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 269.45
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 413.30
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 803.15
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 740.87
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 730.60
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 492.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Lifetime Miles: 555.60
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Lifetime Miles: 493.15
Kinvara 10 Lifetime Miles: 80.80
Kinvara 10 II Lifetime Miles: 42.40
Miles With The Boys Lifetime Miles: 53.90
Nike Zoom Streak LT4 Mr. Pinks Lifetime Miles: 10.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 17.50Saucony Kinvara Miles: 13.50Newton New Racers Miles: 6.50Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 20.18
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Day off after 23 on. I wanted to run today, but I was worried something would let go after the big workout yesterday (injury paranoia). Legs felt fine. Did some barefoot drills in the basement and the usual core, hips and glutes, and other strength training.

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AM: Old Standby - 6.5 miles, no watch. Did a few strides around mile 6.

Just below the 50 degree mark. Thought I was going to have to break out my tights. 

PM: Jefferson High School loop w/ extension - 7.5 squishy Kinvara miles, averaged 8:08

I can't tell if my foot is starting to hurt or if its the usual "everything is wrong with my body" feeling the week before a target race.

Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 6.50Saucony Kinvara Miles: 7.50
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AM: Old Standby - 6.5 miles, no watch. One extended stride toward the end at probably 5:30ish pace

PM: Old Standby w/ slight variations - 6.5 miles, averaged 8:08

Newton New Racers Miles: 6.50Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 6.50
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9th street out and back on the Wabash Trail - 6 miles, averaged 8:30

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.00
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Jogged around the neighborhood 4.5 miles (8:45 pace), did 2-3 half marathon effort strides, finished with two strong strides. Wasn't sure my legs were feeling it, but I guess they are okay. Hit the last stride around 5:07, which I thought was more like 5:45 until I looked at my watch. Save those for the final kick this weekend. Foot still feels funny. Not painful and not quite tight. Just weird. Another easy 4 tomorrow and hope the foot doesn't turn into a balloon. 

 PM: Did some strides and drills in the alleyway in my flats. Foot feels okay. I'm hoping to get through the next 2-3 days a figure out what to do early next week. 

Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 4.50
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Shorter than my usual pre-race day run, but I'm just glad my foot feels 85% so I cut it short but still did my usual strides around goal pace and some harder strides - 3 miles to the railroad tracks and back, averaged 8:08

Foot feels better in 5.8 oz (size 9)/7.3 oz (size 12.5) flats. Go figure. I'm pretty sure it's the cuboid bone, but who knows?


B goal: Sub 1:29 (should be no problem since I hit 6 miles @ sub 1:30 in the middle of 19 miles)

A- goal: Sub 1:28

A+ goal Sub 1:27 (puts my numbers in a better position for Boston)

Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 3.00
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Race: Blues at the Crossroads (13.08 Miles) 01:25:27, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 1
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Got up about 5, hotel coffee and Cliff bloks. Relaxed for a while as I am not sure why I got up so early. I did get a good deal of TV watching done, including Mr. Fred Rogers helping his young audience deal with divorce ("Just because mommy and daddy don't love each other doesn't mean they don't love you..."). Got ready around 6:30 and got my gear, and drove to the starting line around 6:45, getting there just before 7 to run a bit (1.76 mile warm up, strides, dynamic stretching). Did the strides going down Ohio, looking in shop windows to make sure I was fast AND looking good while doing it. My foot felt great, which was a relief. They had some water at the starting line, which was great because my mouth was dry from the coffee. Temps were just around 48-50 degrees.

The announcer asked people to get ready, did some announcements, but it seemed no one wanted to toe the line . . . because we were several yards from it (diffusion of responsibility I take it). I thought people would move toward the line eventually, but we stayed where we were. Okay. I guess this little gem is going to have a running start (this race at least had timing mats and the big blowup arch things). It was like they had never raced before. We went when the starting, eh, err . . . voice . . . went off. Seriously, can I get a gun? My first race had a cannon fire, which was awesome except it was 10 or 15 seconds early. The next year some guy couldn't get his musket to fire and we had at least one false start. Anyway, off to our running start we go.

Miles 1 & 2: 6:45, 6:41 were straight down Ohio. I started out fast (about 5:30, 5:45) before settling in. The lead guys were out in front and I was in a pack of heavy breathers in gym shorts and cutoff T-shirts. First mile was good, and second was good. Right on first half pace, feeling very comfortable. I passed a guy just before mile 3. He seemed tired, but I talked to him after and he did a marathon race/training run the weekend before around 3:18 pace. He's doing Chicago, hoping for sub-3.

Miles 3-6: 6:39, 6:39, 6:44, 6:34 We started on the trail that we would be on for most of the race. I passed the Chicago guy and asked him what he had on his distance because I hit mile 3 early. Say 2.75ish early. Not good, especially since 1 and 2 were as close as the certified courses I have run (.01-.02 difference). He reported similar findings, sounding like in fact he had run a marathon the previous weekend. 4, 5, and 6 were all on the mark. I picked up two guys during these miles and ran with them. One of them I stayed with until mile 11. We saw the lead guy around mile 6 or a bit after (he had hit the turnaround). He was about a minute and a half ahead (and finished almost five and a half minutes over the second place finisher). No sense telling the chase guys. The guy went on to run a 1:10. We went over some timing mats at the turnaround, which as near as I can tell were just to keep people from running through the woods or taking a bus and popping up at mile 13 to set a world record (I don't see any half splits and I'm guessing the turn was the halfway point).

Miles 7-10: 6:33, 6:31, 6:22, 6:35 : Put down a gel around the turning point and picked up the pace a bit. One of the two guys I was running with fell behind.  We started to see the crowd of people who started behind us on the way back. Trail was a bit crowded, but not bad. I talked and joke a little with Chris, my unofficial pacer who was running with me (I wish I had got that guy a beer or six). Got s sip of water at one point to wash my mouth out. Watched some of the interesting running gaits of old folks (bless them for keeping up the running). I felt great the whole time. Chris stopped for more water around 10 or 11 and I took off.

Miles 11-13.08: 6:30, 6:20, 6:10, 25.7 seconds I saw a guy up ahead and put a target on his back around mile 11-11.15. Wasn't sure if I would catch him. I tried to tell myself, "you're running a huge PR, keep it steady until you can see the 13th mile marker." Mile 12 I was starting to feel it, but usually I feel like that around mile 10, so things were looking good. I stayed on the guy's back until I could hear the announcer and see mile 13 and I went. I hit 5:01 going into the finish, seeing the clock about 1:25:24ish. Stopped my watch a few seconds after I went over the mats, which means the partial was shorter than .08 and I was moving at 5 minute pace for longer than the average pace reflects on the partial. Still, the distance is good on my watch to make the equivalent time of 1:25:27 a 1:25:35 and that's going to be my new PR of over 5 minutes. 8 minutes off my PR in late April. 14 minutes off my PR from last October. Sub-1:20 was my "some day when I peak" goals, but even though the minutes are going to come off harder and harder, I know sub-1:20 is possible. I'd like to see what lies beyond that.

The official time had me at 1:24:57.6. Glad we had the running start or it would have been about 13.05!

2.34 mile cool down.

PM: Easy shakeout in the hotel pool :)

Foot was fine during the race, and a bit angry during the cool down. Off to the podiatrist to make sure I can get it straightened out.

This puts 30+ seconds between current half marathon pace and goal marathon pace, which seems reasonable.

Legs are strong PR sore today. Would love to run, but I'm not sure about that foot.

Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 17.18
Weight: 0.00
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Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 17.50Saucony Kinvara Miles: 13.50Newton New Racers Miles: 6.50Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 20.18
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