Saturday, August 22, 2009

This Week's Running in Review

Well, Saturday last week I was smoked by my brother and brother-in-law in a run of Timp in the Wasatch Range in Utah. I struggled and came 40-minutes behind my best run, for about 4:40. They beat me by about 1:20.

But, this week I have been ramping it up. From Utah I flew to NY. Among my notable days this week was a 12 mile run in Clifton Park, NY followed by a ten or so mile bike trip.

Then, back to Salt Lake; I only had a couple of hours outside of client meetings to plot my next strike break but I ran from my son's house in Sandy to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and then ran a trail along the Bonneville shelf for awhile.

Today, back in California a 20 mile run to the top of Odeen Platform above Mentryville, and then back for a 14-mile bike ride on the road bike I just purchased off of ebay.

I bought new shoes at the recommendation of my brother who said I needed a stability trail shoe. I bought a pair of Saucony ProGrid Xodus, a very stiff shoe. Buying running shoes is risky business, because they are so expensive, and one thing about them in a perfectly acceptable shoe otherwise can make them unacceptable - a particular hot spot, usually. My shoe closet is full of very expensive running shoes I use only for a casual shoe because they just don't cut it.

Already I'm liking the Saucony (a brand I've never found acceptable, but probably because I bought their cheaper shoes) them better than my Brooks Cascadia. The Brooks gave me hotspots in my heel. After a tough 20-mile run today in the heat, with 14 of it on the road, there were no hot spots! Great shoe!!!

Next week, I'm off to Silver Lake in the Adirondacks. for some running and biking. (Well, client work during the day.) I'm renting a bike in Albany. It should be fun and different!

I came up with a new joke this week for which my family gave me a standing applause. Seems I went to the doctor, given my advanced age, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the doctor.