What’s up good people? I am trying to get back in the flow of real life after being in Lost Wages Nevada for a soccer tournament my daughters team was in. The tournament itself was ok. Team did…ok. I don’t know what is up with the girls lately but they are getting back in the habit of playing down to the level of their competition. On top of that this is the 3rd “coaches cup” or whatever that promises the attention of 100+ college coaches, mostly D1. Like the last one in Arizona, the Sereno coaches cup. What a joke. You pay double what a regular tournament is to get exposure to college coaches and the only one we saw was from Grand Canyon and that is because the GC director of coaching is my daughters team coach. It is nothing but a big money grab.
We met a childhood idol of mine, Pete Rose. Pretty cool. even if you don’t like him I do.
A few things I noticed about Las Vegas. Their traffic lights are a total joke. I thought it was a scam set up by the taxi companies to get more money from tourists going down the strip-wait time-but it is the same out of the strip area. People of Vegas, 90 seconds for a stoplight to change is a joke.
Pine tress. I was very surprised to see so many pine trees in Vegas. Almost 1 for every palm tree.
Apartments. There must be a huge transient population in Las Vegas because large apartment complexes are everywhere.
Finally, Panda Express. Is there one in every strip mall and every 5th street corner in town? It is crazy. There are also a lot of Asian restaurants there so the Las Vegasians must really love them some wontons and Kung Pao.
Anyway here are some pictures from along the way.
The 100 yard long basketball courts. WTF?
I have been sick for over a week now and have not been able to run at all, but good enough for work (sad face) so when this opportunity came up it raised my spirits. On Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to go to the Pro Bowl Practice that was being held at Luke Air Force Base as my brother-in-law is active military there. It was a really pretty cool experience being that close to the players while they went through “practice” it was a training camp feel. My son was lucky enough to get over 20 autographs from players in clouding Hall of Famer and team captain Chris Carter. Team Carter was very good about signing autographs and interacting with the fans, we were about 4 feet away from getting Andrew Lucks autograph when the horn sounded and the players had to leave, but he did get a bunch of great players including Drew Brees, Devin Hester, Jordy Nelson, Ryan Clady, Andy Dalton, Sam Shields, AJ Green, and several others who I can’t remember right now. JJ Watt was there but he was pretty true to what I have red about him in that he doesn’t like to sign autographs but he will interact with the fans. Them Irvin had a different agenda. They ran a much more “real” practice and when it was over half of their team went straight to the busses including Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Jason Whitten, Matt Stafford and a few of the Broncos. Then what made it harder to get autographs of those players who did stay was the media. I think that they were miffed that when Carters practice and autographs ended the players went to the busses and left without much media time. When Irvin’s practice ended the media swarmed the players preventing them from making it to the sideline where the fans were until after the horn sounded. A-hole media.
But overall it was a great experience for my son and I, there was free food and drink, the up close experience with the players and quality time with my son. One of those days we will always remember together. Pictures, well of course there are!
Broncos players getting it done. Except Von.
Von Miller catching a pass
I really had the best of intentions to run as much as possible as well as spend some time in Northern Arizona during my 15 days off from work, however neither has happened although I have run the last 3 days in a row. I usually falter during the holiday seasons when it comes to my running so I am hoping to get back on track and get back to 35-50 mile weeks to start the new year. Maybe a shot at the Sedona half marathon in 5 weeks. That should be doable.
My family went to the Fiesta Bowl parade a few days ago, fun but cold. And we got to see a car hit the light rail train at Central Ave and Indian School Road. Good times. Here are some pictures and another one of my cheesy time lapse videos.
Light Rail vs. auto collision
But first let me take a nature selfie. Most of these are from the long abandoned Prince Mine in North Peoria (this is actually probably part of the old abandoned Clementine Mine airport, but I have seen the area frequently listed as part of the Prince mine). There used to be a lot more trash but it has been getting cleaned which only means one thing, more residential development way out here in the desert.
Yep, “development” is coming.
Biggest threat to desert runners…urban rednecks and their shotguns.
My daughter and her team ran I last weekends NCNSW race down in Casa Grande. They all did well and my daughter set a PR by about 15 seconds. Not bad considering the low volume she has been running since the High School season ended. I told her that she was tapering. Here are some pictures from the event.
And along with it are the “cooler” temperatures for the desert. Right now we are going about 3-4 degrees over normal highs but our nighttime lows are about 10 degrees higher than normal so the mornings are not as brisk and long sleeve/jacket weather as I would like. It does make for some nice running, but you warm up quickly once the sun starts its daily ascent.
Not sure what is on my running plans right now. There is a nighttime half-marathon on a JW Marriott golf course that looks like fun. A few shorter distance races that would be enjoyable , and if I go with my daughter to California for the Nike Cross championships there is a Lexus half-marathon in Irvine that I ma try to run. My family is singed up to run the Thanksgiving race in Peoria, the real runner in the family (Rylee) and I are signed up for the 10 miler (her longest race ever) and Lyndsey and Bryan are doing the 5K. As always when the milage cranks up my SI joint starts to hurt and I am in the beginning stages of that now so looking at 50K’s is a thought but nothing more until I get the pain in my hip to go away so I can train at longer distances.
I had a fun run through the desert on Tuesday, Veterans Day, and discovered some cool new area that I haven’t gone through yet. I almost made it to the house that has a cemetery in the back yard, but I knew that I didn’t have it in my legs to make it there and back on that day. Next time I head out into that nothingness of the desert.
Here is another of my cheesy GoPro videos I made at the Arizona AIA Cross Country division 2 championships last weekend. Very happy with how Rylee ran, she finished 48th and right behind the top runner at Greenway. Much improved over the beginning of the year.
As always here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past few weeks.