Veterans Day & a Nice Run Outside

I hope all the veterans out there had a good day and that the memories were the good ones.

This photo is in remembrance of my Grandfather who served in the Navy during WWII and was in Tokyo Harbor when the surrender was signed. He never would tell which ship he served on and didn’t talk all that much about where he was other than he – almost hit one of the Admirals (notice I used the plural form), with a 2×4 when he was attempting hit a rat, as a story he told when he was in his cups.

The little girl in the photo is my mother – I miss them both.

Getting back to today.

Today was a very nice late fall day, temps were in the low 30’s and a 6mph breeze out of the west, northwest, when I started and by the time I ended were in the high 30’s with as much sunshine as you could expect for November. Also I am starting to get acclimated to the colder temps so if we get any of those warmer days again, I will wilt quickly.

At the last minute I decided to check out how the Adios 3s would do on a longer for me run. I fully expected to run this at around a 9:00 minute or comfortable pace and wasn’t planning on pushing the pace either.

The first 3.0 miles were within 15 seconds of that 9:00 minute pace, but coming back down from Goodhue Road, I can’t held but pick up the pace fairly well. That downhill running thing, with the breeze almost behind me let me go a little quicker than on the way out. Plus there was a woman out running with her dog and I wanted to see if I could catch them somewhere on Tiffany. I never did see them again, but they also had about three quarters of mile head start from when I took off from Goodhue turn-around. πŸ™‚

Once I got to mile 5.0 to 6.0, (especially when I didn’t see the woman and her dog), I started to purposely slow down and then for the last mile I didn’t push Stevens Hill and while I picked it up a little after I got back on the tar, it wasn’t anything all that hard either.

The Adios 3s did better than the other shoes I currently have in my rotation as a comfortable daily trainer – which is scary to me. If I was to use them as my regular daily runners I would loosen up the lower laces just a tad. However, otherwise my feet felt better than they have in a while on this course.

Overall a very nice 7.0 mile run and the second fastest time on the course without trying to run fast on it. πŸ™‚

Adidas Response Boost 2 – 50 Mile Review

Okay, let’s get back to the running shoes I usually write about – those older ones that are on the closeout, clearance racks or found on eBay for really cheap prices. Like how I found the adidas Response Boost 2 TechFit back in September.

The price was more than right, they appeared to be nearly new from the lack of wear on the outsole and the real reason was that I really wanted to try running in adidas Boost running shoes again. Running shoes with the Boost midsole have always intrigued me, but the ones that I have run in the past just didn’t fit correctly, were WAY too heavy or I have been sticker shocked out of wanting or being able to buy them.

Also I was wondering if there are any differences between the Boost midsoles of the “serious” Boost shoes found in run specialty versus the those lower priced offerings found in the big box stores. Just one of those things I have always wondered about. If I figure out anything that might be its own post down the road, but for now let’s just say – it depends and leave it at that. Continue reading “Adidas Response Boost 2 – 50 Mile Review”