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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.

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Race: Portland Track Festival 10,000m (6.21 Miles) 00:30:03, Place overall: 9
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3 mile easy run in the morning with Andrea. Then a half day of work and flew to Portland. We landed and all the stereotypes about the city were confirmed within minutes - it was raining, our rental car was a Subaru, and there were bike lanes and complicated recycling options everywhere! Got to the hotel, took a nap, then headed over to the track at Lewis & Clark College around 6:30pm. Watched a few of the other races, then started warming up ~8pm. It felt weird to be starting my run at the time I'm usually getting ready for bed.

This was my first track race since 2008, and first 10K on the track since 2004. It had been a long time since I had been in this type of environment. The rain had stopped and the weather was nice and cool - it was a perfect evening for racing.

The field was a little more than 20 guys, so when the gun went off there was some jostling, but I managed to avoid getting spiked and also managed to avoid jumping out too quick.I settled immediately into the rhythm I wanted - 72 second laps. First 3 miles (1600m splits) were 4:48.5, 4:47.0, 4:48.6 (14:24.1 at 4800m, and ~15:00-15:01 at 5K). Perfect.

The leaders were wayyyy out front, and I had positioned myself behind 2 guys in light blue singlets who were clearly working together to try and break 30 minutes. We were sort of the "chase" pack, although we weren't really chasing anyone. The blue guys went out a little faster than me, and it took 4-5 laps to catch up to them. Once I did, I sort of hung behind for the next 6-7 laps. Apparently they were not too happy that I had latched onto their group, and one of them said something to me about sharing the work, so I jumped out to the front at 5K and took over the pacing for a while. Next two splits were 4:49.3 and 4:50.7 (24:04 at 8K, a little slower than I wanted). The pace was just lapsing a tiny bit - 72.0s were becoming 72.5s, but those 0.5s add up!

5 laps to go - one of the blue guys is long gone off the back, the other one passes me and puts a gap on me. The lapping game is heating up now as well. I'm running in lane 2 passing the slower runners, and also being courteous enough to move out to lane 2 when I'm being passed by the faster guys. I'm starting to think sub 30 is out of the question. The sixth split was 4:50.4 (28:54.6 at 9600m). I mustered up what I had left and closed the last lap in 68.0. As I approaching the finish line I heard the guy calling out the times - 29:58, 29:59, 30:00, 30:01, and THEN I came through at that point and just said "D@MMIT!" With a smile on my face, of course. Heck, I can't really complain about running 30 flat for 10K when I've never broken 15 minutes in a 5K on the track.

Ahhhh so close, but no cigar. Final time was 30:03 and I came in 9th place (haven't seen official results yet). I gave it what I had. Obviously 29:59 would have been a much nicer number, but in terms of my fitness, its the same thing. I'm content for now. This is still a big jump for me, a PR by over a minute. I ran about what I expected tonight.

Racing on the track is different... its honest, its exposed, its a bit intimidating in some ways. There's nowhere to hide out there. If you slow down, everyone watching knows it. I love it - and I hope to continue to race more in these types of meets.

I cooled down for about 4 minutes, then went out for ice cream w/ Andrea and two of my friends who live in Portland. It was good to catch up with them, and we all had a good night. Almost on cue, the rain started pouring again once the track meet had ended for the night.

Its very late, so I'll wrap this up. A good race for me, even though 30 flat isn't "equivalent" to a sub 65 half-marathon, I believe I'm capable of that next weekend if I have a great race. I can hold pace pretty well when moving up from 5K/10K to the half.

Oh, and when you haven't worn superlight spikes for anything longer than 200m reps, running 25 laps in them will beat your feet up really good :-)

Looking forward to the rest of the weekend - running in Forest Park tomorrow morning, then off to the coast.


From allie on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 06:50:25 from

excellent race -- so consistent all the way through. congrats, jake.

From Bret on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 07:40:45 from

Fantastic race Jake - really nice progression over the last year. Congratulations.

From Derek D on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 07:41:26 from

Great report Jake. Running on the track like that sounds so different. Too bad you didn't get your sub 30 but a great race nonetheless.I'm sure you'll blast right through that barrier your next time out. You guys have a great weekend!

From Superfly on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 08:37:00 from

Awesome awesome race man!

From Rob on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 08:54:57 from

Very nice race! Have fun in Portland.

From Susannah on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 09:20:12 from

Way to be consistent with your lap splits, especially for so many laps!

From Susannah on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 09:23:44 from

also your time is a palindrome, and the fastest one possible unless someone can run a 25:52

From Jody on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 10:02:59 from

Congratulations on a great race! Enjoy the weekend!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 10:42:38 from

This is all going to pay off for you big time Jake. You are getting lots of great experience against top competition, learning how to race in a variety of conditions. Your best days are ahead.

I'm looking for a big breakthrough next week in Minnesota.

From Hamdog Alum on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 11:09:09 from

Sounds like a great effort! I totally agree with you about track racing. There's something about it that really puts the preasure on you. A 1 min. PR is huge at your level of racing - NICE RACE!

From JasonD on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 11:49:45 from

PR in the 5k and 10k? Darn amazing racing. Congrats!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 12:40:39 from

Congratulations on a bummer :-) This is a very respectable time, even though it was 3 seconds behind the goal. Running 10,000 meters is not like writing an essay or a report - the result is exactly what it is, you cannot smooth-talk to the teacher or decorate it with pretty graphics to make it look better than it really is. So to miss a challenging measurable goal by 3 seconds is the kind of bummer that deserves congratulations.

With a bit more track experience hopefully you can go under 30:00 next time.

From Rachelle on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 12:44:23 from

So excited to finally read this report! I tried to stay up last night to wait and hear but I didn't make it. Amazing performance out there Jake! You are so strong and a 1 minute PR in that distance is huge.

Very very proud of you! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

From Fritz on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 15:12:04 from

Great race Jake. Those splits are extremely even. 3 second is nothing and I am sure you would have been a bit faster if were you running at a regular hour. Enjoy your time in Portland!

From ACorn on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 15:13:34 from

Congrats Jake! What an awesome experience, great consistency.

From Collin94 on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 15:22:12 from

Really nice race, the sub 30 min will be yours soon, i hope.

That you can run such a even pace!!

Respect from this young man for you

From JulieC on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 15:40:33 from

I say you shouldn't have been so polite to the speedier runners passing!!! the slower runners weren't so nice. "those .5 seconds" add up. And if you garmined yourself you would have gone over ; D. I am just giving you a needed break Jake. 3 seconds off is hardly off in my book. GREAT RACE and read!!

From Kelli on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 16:43:11 from

WOW, I am impressed. I think racing on a track like that would be very difficult in so many ways. Exposed is a good word for it.

Hope the ice cream was good! And i was unaware of those stereotypes (aside from the rain). Now I know.

From scottkeate on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 19:27:53 from

I loved your cursing after crossing the finish line just over 30 min for a freaking 10,000m. Too funny! But I totally get what it feels like to be so close to your goal.

Excellent work! Super impressed with your speed and the fact that you're just getting faster.

From runningafterbabies on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 at 22:47:40 from

Terrific race, Jake. I particularly enjoyed the part where you took the lead of the pack. Nice work. 30:03 WOW!!!

From Lulu Walls on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 18:12:08 from

Speedy per usual. Nice race! Can't wait to see what you do in Duluth.

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 21:11:15 from

what more can I say? you are incredible. cant wait to see your next encore

From Jake K on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:24:27 from

Thanks everyone. It was fun to mix it up on the track again. Maybe (hopefully) I'll be disciplined enough to skip running a spring marathon next year and try to get in something of a full track season. Like you said Sasha, there's no sugar-coating, excuses, or anything of the sort in these races - the results are completely objective. That's really what I like most about it.

It was a great meet in general. 4 women got the Olympic Trials "A" standard in the 10K, the HS girls 4x1500m national record was broken, handful of guys ran 3:40 for the 1500, Ritz ran 13:19 for the 5K, then came back 25 minutes later and won the "slow" heat of the 5K too.

Susannah - excellent palindrome recognition! I don't think that 25:52 is happening anytime soon for anyone, so I'll take the next best thing.

Julie - I joked w/ Andrea before the race that I was going to wear my garmin, then go up to the meet director afterwards and show him that I got 6.5 miles on my watch and ask if the track was long :-) It would have been pretty funny, but if he didn't get the joke I would have felt like an idiot!

From Steve on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:41:25 from

Youve put in the smartest racing this spring that I've seen on this blog. I've learned a lot from your running. Keep it up, you're an inspiration!

From SlowJoe on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 19:44:10 from

Congrats on a great race! All that time in lane 2 might have made the difference, but sounds like you were the only one with good manners up there.

From Jake K on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 19:50:23 from

I have to admit that I was a little peeved to have to move out of the way. But honestly I didn't run more than 2-3 turns in the outer part of lane 1 / inside of lane 2. Its part of track racing. The lesson is: run 28:30 if you don't want to have to move! :-)

From Collin94 on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 08:37:26 from

i have ran a 10k at the track once, this year i ran 30:32. Do you have any valuable tips or other informations that could help me be better prepared.

My coach has trained me very well, and i would like to get under 30:00 as well.

So i thought mabye ask some people about there secrets.

From Jake K on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 08:42:09 from

You'll get there Collin - no doubt that you have the wheels to run in the low 29s right now. For you I think its just a matter of gradually building up the mileage and getting in some longer intervals / tempo runs. With the right aerobic development it will happen. I wouldn't force it though - you are young and have plenty of time. You'll gain endurance and get stronger every season.

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