Friday, May 21, 2010

New Shoes: Adidas Tempo

I bought a new pair of Adidas Tempo shoes. I don't know much about them, but they're relatively light stability training shoes and they were only $50.

Here's the lineup, left to right:
Saucony Fastwitch, 427 miles, 9 ounces;
Adidas Tempo, 16 miles, 11¼ ounces;
Saucony Tangent, 1087 miles, 11⅜ ounces

The Tangents will go back into retirement. I brought them out to help save the Fastwitches for fast runs and races. They were good for another 200 miles, but lately my lower legs have been telling me those shoes are about shot.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bayou Bash Relay

It was a last minute team, but we won the 50-59 division of the 4x1.92M Bayou Bash Relay. I think I ran pretty hard. My throat was burning after my leg. I checked the ozone and it wasn't too bad: 42 ppb, just high in the good range.

Team Pictures by Hardeep Thind.

Sim out on the beer-bike track running the first leg

KeithW running the stadium concourse

and the finish

Running down this ramp to the football field was tough on my old legs

The race was at Rice Stadium, so I had to take a quick tour of the campus. I can't believe it's been over 29 years since I left Rice.

My desk was in the top-center window box in 1980-81

Sunday, May 2, 2010

LP Run

I was sent home Wednesday afternoon to get some sleep before having to get back to the power plant sometime early Thursday morning after the plant was heated up to full temperature and pressure. So that gave me the perfect opportunity to drive to Houston and race the LP Run! With it's Wednesday evening start time and working way out in Matagorda County, I've only been able to make the LP Run twice before. It's a timed race, 33⅓ minutes (hence the LP) on the track. I managed to end up with 5.419 miles. Not great, but it's consistent with my times from the Bellaire 5K and the Law Week 8K. Heatup at the power plant was delayed a little and I didn't have to go into work until 0530. And this week I go back to working a 4x10 schedule, so I'll be able to run longer on Fridays.

We got our first taste of high humidity Friday and Saturday. I was pleased to be able to run 10+ late Saturday morning under 7:20 pace. We had a nice cool front come through Sunday morning and I was able to get in a very pleasent 15-miler. I couldn't help but stop and eat a few blackberries:

How about Chris Solinsky?
**Chris Solinksy American Record FInish Video** | 2010 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on Flotrack

Sub-27! And he's 6'1" and carrying 165 pounds (of course that's still not that close to this big nuke). Let's hear it for a BIG Guy!

The entire race.