Saturday, March 7, 2009

New shoes, new route

Couple new things to report this morning. First, I found a new pair of shoes. My Adidas Supernovas aren't dead yet, but they've got almost 300 miles on them, and it's just a matter of time. This was such a good price on these, though, I couldn't pass it up.

I was at Sierra Trading Post, and they have a "Bargain Barn" section of thirds that are sometimes slightly defective and sometimes things people have returned. I took a quick glance over the shoes, looking for big sizes, and saw a pair of running shoes. Gave them a quick try on, and liked how they felt. They looked like they had about three miles of running on them - pretty immaculate. Best was the price - $43, and with the 20% off all shoes they were offering, they were $36. Not bad for a $110 pair of shoes!

I wasn't sure exactly where these fit into Asics line, though, and the info on their in-store computer didn't help me much. But I took the plunge, and when I looked them up at home, I think they're perfect for me. A light, motion control shoe - just what I seem to favor. Now, I haven't had good luck with Asics recently - a pair of trail shoes fell apart on me last summer, and the 2130s I was running on in the fall never quite felt right. These felt pretty good this morning, though. We'll see how it goes.

So we were out visiting my wife's brother and his family a ways outside Reno this morning, off of Red Rock Road. I decided to take my running stuff along, start running down the road a little while before they were going to leave, and have them pick me up on their way back into town. It was a gorgeous day for it - probably mid-40's by the time I left, about 11:20. Shorts, long sleeve, vest and gloves was perfect. Just started running along the road, into traffic, veering onto the shoulder whenever a car came along, which wasn't very often. Friendly folks out there - I think every other car gave me a wave. Had a little trouble with my heart rate monitor - it wasn't staying up for a few minutes, and was flopping around my stomach. (Check out the chart below - somehow, it measured higher then!?)

I figured I'd get about five miles in before they caught up with me - ended up getting 5.75. Kinda wanted to make it to the top of the big hill there, but didn't quite make it. Still, really fun to get out into a different area to run.


SnowLeopard said...

The elevation of the hill you were on was nice and steady! I am totally stealing your idea to take my stuff with me next time we go out of town for a visit somewhere, and make the fam pick me up on their way out~ :)

Anonymous said...

Those are really perfect shoes for running!! You got right stuff form right place!!