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Location:

Providence,UT,

Member Since:

Apr 18, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:


no heart attack yet

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

turn 50 and have a colonoscopy done


Long-Term Running Goals:

avoid open heart surgery

Personal:

I am a 50 year old biochemistry professor at Utah State University in Logan.

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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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Mizuno Precision 9 Lifetime Miles: 255.80
Saucony Triumph 5 Lifetime Miles: 97.70
Vibram Five Finger Sprints Lifetime Miles: 242.26
Wave Rider 11 Lifetime Miles: 342.95
Mizuno Wave Ronin Lifetime Miles: 183.31
Brooks T5 Lifetime Miles: 107.40
NB 790 Pair 3 Lifetime Miles: 244.65
Hoka Bondi B Lifetime Miles: 758.08
Hyperspeed 3 Pair 3 Lifetime Miles: 74.03
Nike Free Plus Yellow Lifetime Miles: 70.60
Kinvara 2 Lifetime Miles: 53.52
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
68.6027.326.004.00105.92
Kinvara 2 Miles: 33.52Wave Rider 11 Miles: 38.30Mizuno Wave Ronin Miles: 6.00Nike Free Plus Yellow Miles: 13.10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.300.003.000.007.30

usu track 400, 800, 1200, 1200, 800, 400 not super fast

Kinvara 2 Miles: 7.30
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.800.000.000.005.80

rh pw loop

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 5.80
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

usu east bench

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

finally caught up my blog. going to attempt to run SG on Saturday though I don't really want to. plreliminary info on my upcoming race report here

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Race: St George marathon (26.22 Miles) 02:53:00, Place overall: 75, Place in age division: 6
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.220.000.0026.22

it's taken me a while to get up a race report, been very busy at work, and also wanted to wait until my blood sugar was up and my mental capacity was back to a reasonably normal level so I wouldn't say something, or make any jokes, that nonblogging drama queens who troll these blogs behind a veil of anonymity would find insensitive and use to cause me grief. So anyway my wife had to do parent teacher conferences in the evening on Friday so I went solo to this one, but fortunately my good friend Craig Donaldson who was my teacher in the MTC exactly 32 years ago was running, his flight arrived at the St George International Airport at 5:48 PM. I managed to get from Logan to the SG airport with 5 minutes to spare before his flight arrived. I had to double check google map to be sure this was really an airport that handled commercia flights and I hadn't inadvertently strayed to a random crop dusting landing field but sure enough in came the delta connection flight with Craig on it. Another friend from my mission has a second house in St George he gave us for the weekend. It only had 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 family rooms, and 7 TVs but we managed OK with the cramped quarters. We ate the pasta dinner at the expo, then went back to the palatial estate and watched the first half of the BYU-USU game but gave up from boredom after the first half ended at 6-3 and went to bed. Turns out the game ended at 6-3 so we didn't miss anything. Geez what a boring game. oh yeah the marathon....

Craig rolled us out of bed and we drove to the start, caught a bus, and I ditched him to go into the ELITE runner's area. I felt bad leaving poor Crag in steerage, but on the other hand I am an ELITE runner entitled to use the ELITE area, and really I shouldn't be hanging out with the lower class runners anyway. I guess Craig should be grateful I even allowed him to sit by me on the bus, but hey, we ELITE runners like to throw a few crumbs to the little guys now and then. I even offered to sign his bib for him.

In the ELITE runners area I ran into ELITE runners Kelli and Scott and had a nice chat with them. I didn't see any of the other bloggers at the start though. Bummer.

I was surprised how dark it was at the start. I made my classic error of going out too fast, in part because it was too dark to see my watch, and I am really a pretty stupid marathon runner, more heart than brains. Miles 1-7 were 6:19, 6:29, 6:13, 6:09 (dumb dumb dumb), 6:18, 6:04 (really dumb) 6:09 (geez I am dumb).

Well, then came this Vejo hill I had heard about and it was a very unpleasant surprise. I actually never really looked hard at the course map ahead of time or planned a race stategy because, well, I am dumb when it comes to marathons. So I loaf up vejo 7:16, 6:53, 6:50, 7:13, ouch.

Weird thing happened to me at mile 8 though to slow me down, my left foot fell asleep. I was wearing compression sleeves and maybe overtightened the laces on my shoes. I was wearing these saucony kinvaras I had bought but only put 20 miles or so on (dumb) and had never run a long run in them (dumb) and actually I can now say I really don't like saucony. Sorry Jake. I should have stuck with my mizuno ronins, but I am kind of dumb. My foot got so numb at mile 10 I thought I might have to take the shoes off and run barefoot, or at least stop and loosen the laces, but since they were triple tied that might have taken a while. So I wiggled the toes and finally got circulation back but I bet I lost a minute with this unexpected problem.

Well, things rebounded here for a bit with 6:29, 6:28, 6:10, 6:03, 6:28, 6:36 then I got tired, my quads were trashed, my feet hurt, I hate kinvaras, I am a wimp, and so the next miles were 7:10. 6:39, 6:29, 6:58, 6:45, 6:45, 6:56, 7:04, 6:39 for 0.22 miles. My garmin clocked me in right at 26.22.

At the finish I saw some bloggers, James and his family, Walter looking like he was going to throw up (nothing unusual there), Kelli and Scott again. Waited for my nonelite friend Craig to finish. He never really trained for this one but still ran a respectable 3:52. unfortunately he needed a 3:30 for a BQ and missed it so I guess we won;t be going to boston. I saw boston is still open, but I think my marathon days are over, because (1) I hate the training, (2) I don;t like training, (3) I am a wimp, and (4) I don't think I am a very smart marathon runner. Maybe I will stick to halfs and under but who knows.

My impressions of St George: great race, great course, great volunteers and organizers, very professional. I am really glad I ran this even though I didn't break 2:50 which was my goal. But in retrospect I am really not a 2:50 marathoner.

I carried poor Craig back to my truck, I got some consoilation in that he was hurting worse than me. I actually didn;t feel so bad for having run a marathon. Maybe I should have pushed it harder? yeah right.....

Kinvara 2 Miles: 26.22
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

slow

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 3.00
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Race: BYU homecoming 5K (3.11 Miles) 00:18:59, Place overall: 20, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.901.100.002.006.00

took the family down to Provo for homecoming and the game, my two oldest are students at BYU. Having just run a marathon a week before I didn't really care much how this race went so devised this strategy: survive getting up the hill to 900 east, run as fast as I could down 900 east, and then crash and burn and try to finish. Mile 1 (upjill, then start of downhill) 6:07. Mile 2: screaming down 900 east, 5:42. Mile 3, I don't want to run anymore, 6:35. Last 0.1, 6:02 trying to beat 19 minutes. mission accomplished.

After the race I talked to Doug Padilla for awhile. He is the RD and really nice, great guy. Miles batty ran the race too. cool.

Tailgated and went to the game. good game until 5 minutes left when BYU self destructed. oh well. my interest in football is waning. I don't even know if the pack is playing today or if the game is on TV. pathetic.

Mizuno Wave Ronin Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Nike Free Plus Yellow Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.100.000.000.007.10

Nike Free Plus Yellow Miles: 7.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.002.005.00

8x400 track to shake the legs out about 1:28 average each.

today I am starting my assault on Jake's lead on the mileage board.  I just need to run 60 miles a day everyday between now and the end of the year and I own the leader board. Or I can just cheat on the mileage. that might be easier.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 4.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Wave Rider 11 Miles: 8.00
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Race: Run for the Wounded Warrior 5K (3 Miles) 00:19:45, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.003.000.006.00

This year they ran this race on the USU cross country course. Sounded fun and they have good age group prizes, and it is for a good cause. My age group is "over 35" but I didn't see anyone else there who looked over 35. It was kind of a low turnout, too bad as it was a beautiful day and fun to run cross country. Blogger Joe (predog) and Conner were running, and Rob was there to cheer us on. The gun went off and Conner was gone. I think he might be part gazelle or cheetah. Joe was gone too, and one other guy. Then there was me and two guys. This was a crazy triple loop hairpinned course over gravel, grass, dirt, mud, and tire tracks. I couldn't reproduce the run if I had to, but with enough people at corners, cones and flags we managed to stay on course. I slipped into (I think) 4th way behind the lead runners. Just before the finish one of the two guys in our little pack blazed by me. My garmin measured it at 2.98 and Joe's said 2.99 so I think it might have been short, but garmins can also go crazy with hairpin turns, and both Joe and I have the old 205 series, so who knows. I have new respect for cross country after running this thing. Great fun though. Afterwards Conner, Joe and I ran a short cool down then collected my first place award of a pizza pie cafe gift card. I wonder how much money is on it? 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
68.6027.326.004.00105.92
Kinvara 2 Miles: 33.52Wave Rider 11 Miles: 38.30Mizuno Wave Ronin Miles: 6.00Nike Free Plus Yellow Miles: 13.10
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