Tuesday, October 21, 2014

110th World Series 10K

Hello from Kansas City! I am working my 20th World Series, and this morning I put on my new ASICS GEL-Kayano 21s that ASICS sent me to review, and got in a glorious run before all the wildness begins between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, which you can watch on FOX with Game 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Jackson County is shared by the Royals and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and it is massive. Which makes it also ideal for training runs for an @marathoner like me.

It is about 1.8 miles around the main perimeter loop, which circles both stadiums. You can stretch it a bit farther if you want to run into some of the adjacent nook parking lots. This is what it looks like from my hotel:

I did the two main perimeter loops and a couple of interior loops just around The K, where the place is buzzing. There are some good hills to run, and it's a great place for hill repeats, too. Pavement is smooth.

I am staying right over the George Brett Bridge at the Holiday Inn, with a great view of the complex. In fact, housekeeping left me note this morning to be sure to leave my far-left window blind closed, and the right two open, with the light on in my room -- so fans in the stadium tonight (and on FOX) can see the side of our hotel with a big "KC" on it!

I finished the 110th World Series 10K in just under 1:10. That included my second mile in which I paused to do some work and forgot to pause my Garmin, so I lost a good 5 or 6 minutes there.

We are making World Series stops in Kansas City for Games 1, 2 and (if necessary) 6 and 7. I fly to San Francisco on Thursday morning and look forward to a run or two there, as Lisa and Rachel will fly there as well to join in on the fun. Last year, I ran the Charles River in Boston the morning of Game 1, so this is another reason running makes life better. It gives you energy when you are working a big event like this, and you get to experience some amazing venues for running.

I felt incredible this morning and my new ASICS are ridiculously cushiony and comfortable. It was my second run in them, following last week's Staten Island Half. I love them. I took this photo in the middle of the road next to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs:

Here are some more pics from today's 10K! Enjoy the Fall Classic!

Also, I had to take a picture of this:

They dedicated a big area to the Chiefs' 1969 team, which beat my beloved Vikings in the 1970 Super Bowl. There are three monuments in this space, and it's kind of tough to take when you grew up with the Purple People Eaters. But I love the passion, and I feel for a city that is really hungry for another championship.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Go Big. No REALLY Big.

I was walking 44 blocks to our MLB HQ from Grand Central when this happened.

"We Are Marathoners. We Go Big." And if you want to see just HOW big, then watch the video I just took with my iPhone. You can see for yourself what happens when you combine ASICS with the TCS New York City Marathon and iconic scenery for the world's biggest race.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 Giveaway!


Congrats to Garrick Black, aka @DJ_GBlack! You were randomly chosen by Rafflecopter out of the qualified entries in this contest. ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 code is on the way to your email so you can order a free pair at asicsamerica.com!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

ASICS Foot ID: How to Buy the Right Running Shoe

"What running shoe is right for me?" Biomechanical analysis finally gives us the answer.

The comprehensive ASICS Foot ID is the best way to know exactly what shoe type you need and therefore run healthy for years to come -- the most important part of running. Today we had the opportunity to experience the full effect of the ASICS Foot ID system inside the ASICS NYC Meatpacking District Store. Rachel, our 19-year-old NY Road Runners member who ran her first Half last weekend, needed a new pair of shoes for the Staten Island Half next week. This was the perfect opportunity to explore the process from start to purchase, and I want to thank Boris and the awesome team at ASICS (and Rachel!) for obliging my documentation for you.

Those are the six easy and informative steps, and we'll go through each of them here with photos and videos.

Step 1. Registration. Rachel fills out the quick form with some basic info to help the staff assess her current situation as a runner. Rate yourself from 1 to 7, with 1 being a brand-new runner and 7 being a high-mileage competitor. She put down 4. Notice how comfortable the setting is in the middle of the store, with room for your belongings.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hamptons Marathon: This Is Living

The Hamptons Marathon on Sept. 27 was my 15th marathon, my 107th race overall, and my third marathon of 2014 after the ASICS LA Marathon in March and the Boston Marathon World Run in April. After this I have the Staten Island Half on October 12 and then the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 11. Here is a recap from paradise:

Stained Glass Medal. It's the most elegant medal I own now. When you hold it up to a light, it is almost like a stained glass window, with a beautiful blue ocean hue, which you can compare to the shot below. The engraving is a lifeguard stand with surfboards on its sides. Nice style.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Half Marathon Training Plan

Runner's World provided this Half Marathon 12-Week Training Plan from my favorite running coach, Andrew Kastor of ASICS Mammoth Track Club. If it's from Coach Kastor, it's money. Accompanying details about the plan and larger version are here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ASICS GEL-Kayano 21

The new #ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 shoes are in and I would choose the black beauties!

I took the picture immediately above at the ASICS New York City Meatpacking District Store this morning. They're waiting for you like a big buffet breakfast.

I ran the ASICS LA Marathon this past March in the GEL-Kayano 20th anniversary edition. Go to asics.com to see the newest generation of Kayanos!

Which color Kayano would you choose?