Those are my new running shoes – The Nike Air Pegasus 27.According to the Wide Wide World of Web the color is “Dark Grey/University Blue (Go Tigers!)-Deep Royal-Cool Grey”. It was between these and some Mizunos. These felt like they had a lot more cushion in the heel, but not so much that I was wearing Shape-Ups. Was I also swayed by the awesome color scheme and design? Oh yeah. Was I nervous since I have been anti-Nike for a long time since a pair I got in college 7 years ago were way made way to small and narrow than any other shoe in the solar system? You bet. But the folks at Breakaway Running explained that Nike had done a total redesign and didn’t make their shoes insanely narrow any more – Yay! The most I’ve done is 3.2 so far, but they feel so much better than the old, worn-out Adidas I had gone back to since my new Asics failed me.
First, all 100+ of us (big group!) met at the Breakaway Running store in Midtown on Union & Rembert at 6:00pm. Bobby and I got there at 5:30 since we came straight from work (and we wanted to make sure we got a FREE commemorative t-shirt before they ran out – Bobby didn’t at St. Patrick’s).
After all had arrived and most got their shirt (softest t-shirts ever!) we took a group photo. Then we made our first stop right across the street: The charity drive-through WMC-TV was having for flood victims. Camera crews were there and filmed us as we ran by. Some of us near the back of the pack and we were asked to stay behind to be on TV for a live segment! After 15 minutes Jarvis Greer interviewed Mel Baddorf while we stood behind him. I later got a text from friend JudiAnn that she recognized me, haha.
After that we were off and trying to catch up to everyone else. We arrived at a very packed Café Ole in Cooper/Young. Michael did the smart thing and got a drink at The Beauty Shop across the street.
After that it was a very short jog to the fitness club down the street. Then it was off to Molly’s on Madison in Overton Square. We could tell it was packed before we got in, so several of us opted for the Blue Monkey next door for our drinks – not Mexican, but hey, we were thirsty!
I can’t recommend Breakaway’s Pub Runs enough: free soft shirt w/cool artwork, fun run and lots of friends! Now when is the next holiday…?
Bobby met the gold-medal winner of the 1972, 800 meter (2-laps, ½ mile) Olympic relay a couple of weeks ago at Breakaway Running!
He then found this video of the run on You Tube:
Dave Wottle is the one with the funny hat and the Russian runner (the favorite to win in the red shirt) is the one who eats it at the end.
I love how the announcer speculates Wottle is injured because he starts off in dead last, but he just keeps his pace and overtakes everyone at the end.
Bobby was telling his parents about meeting Wottle and they both remembered him and the 1972 Olympics well. Wottle was a superstar for beating the Russian at a time when such a thing was really important to America. That was a pretty notorious Olympics with the Israeli athletes getting murdered too.