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On the Road for Education Marathon

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Member Since:

Aug 10, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Marathon PR - 3:05 (3:06 at Boston)

Completed a dozen marathons and a handful of 50 mile ultras.

Short-Term Running Goals:

No idea.  Just trying to stay in shape after several heart related setbacks.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Lower bodyweight and complete some more races.

Personal:

Hooked onto running in 2005 after years of mostly powerlifting.

 

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: On the Road for Education Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:11:59, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
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Participated in the 12th annual On the Road for Education Marathon in Mason City, IA.  More than likely the last marathon I'll run in Iowa since we have relocated to Springfield, IL.  Anyway, instead of recording split details, I'll just summarize the highs and lows.  The day was cloudy, humid, with starting temps in the low 50s.  I ran very well the first half with the only setbacks being a 1 min bathroom break at mile 5 and running about 3 miles on gravel road.  Running on gravel is a bit tricky and kind of like running in sand.  I was wearing flats and stepped on a rock which jabbed into the ball of my left foot.  It got better as I ran, but this would come back to haunt me later.  I crossed the first 13.1 mi in 1:31:30.  During the second half I gradually started to fade.  The course was interesting because it covered all kinds of terrain, trails, and roads.  So the scenery was always changing.  A cold wind started to blow through during the second half.  My arms were getting a bit chilled.  Around mile 16 the ball of my left foot started to burn at the spot where I landed on the rock.  It felt like an extreme case of "hot foot" that just got worse and worse with every step.  A couple miles later I was going to call it quits.  I slowed down and tried to change my foot landing, but it was still burning terribly.  Then a bit later it gradually got a little better or I just dealt with the pain better.  At mile 23 I was mentally drained.  Legs were still moving pretty good, but I had a hard time picking things up.  I stopped looking at my Gramin and decided to just stay comfortable, as much as possible, until the finish.  Surprised I ended up 4th overall and winning my age division for the first time.  Yes, it was a small race, but I still got my first trophy!!  Overall, I feel really good about the effort considering the injury, heavier bodyweight, and all the stuff going on in my life.  I obtained my "C" goal with a BQ, but more importantly I recharged my running as I slowly got my life back on track this year. 

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Ball of left foot is still injured so I walked an hour.

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More walking, but at steep incline on TM.

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Left foot is getting better.  Walked and jogged during this session.

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