Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thirsty Thursdays - Take One

I love the change in seasons up here in Oregon. It truly is beautiful once the sun pokes out from behind the clouds and the endless gray skies turn blue. With the great weather come the Thirsty Thursdays at work where they showcase different events accompanied by beers and appetizers.

I always make it a point to attend the first one of the year...The Annual Nike Mile. It is a pretty cool event with mile races for the kids (I think the 9-11 yr old winner ran sub-6 this year). The "All-Comers" event for the "not-so-competitive" employee runners at Nike. Yeah right, the winner finished in around 5:15. He definitely belonged in the Nike Competitive Mile for the "serious employee runners". The Competitive Mile was pretty darn fast with the majority finishing in sub-5. Yes, even the joker wearing a suit like he was dressed for an interview. Hilarious- I wish I had a picture but didn't get a shot. The top 3 finished in around 4:30- I think two Nike employees ended up beating Kara Goucher who jumped in to race. She is QUICK!!

The Elite Mile was awesome. It is truly amazing watching the guys at the top of the game running *so fast* so effortlessly. At least they make the hurt look painless. I didn't recognize the majority of the runners (besides Dan Browne & Adam Goucher) and we didn't have any Kenyans here this year but still a great race. Adam Goucher had an amazing kick in the last 200 yards and gapped the field...truly a beautiful thing to see in person. He also broke the record for the Nike Mile by running a 3:56:50!! Last year Gouch placed second running a 3:58:21.

Here are some pics....what a beautiful day!

The track on campus...really cool how it winds right thru the trees there.

Here are the leaders of the Nike Competitive Mile. I think the two guys in front of Kara Goucher came in at about 4:30 with her right behind them. The guy shadowing Kara is a 2:20 marathoner. Check out the pack behind them.

Here's the rest of the pack coming around the turn- they all finished right around 4:50-5:05

The Elites...ready, steady, GO!!

The elites coming around Lap 3. Gouch tucking in behind the rabbits waiting to make his move. They hit lap 3 in 3:01 so Gouch ran a 55 sec last quarter.

Gouch dropping the hammer and crossing the finish way out front - check out the gap he put on the rest of the field. Amazing!

Hope you all had a great day out there and the weather is cooperating for you! topic but I love this post.
"Find the good, and push it out…infect everyone you meet" excellent!



Blogger Spokane Al said...

What a cool place to work!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Donald said...

Man, Goucher ... it seems like that guy has been at the top of the sport forever. He was so talented at such a young age, that I always think he's older than he is, just because we've been hearing about him for 20 years. I still read Running With the Buffaloes about once per year - it's amazing how hard that guys pushes himself.

And you get to see him in person. I'm jealous.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

I really think I'm going to institute my own version of Thirsty Thursday down here. Maybe I'll even get myself to the track first. It is very cool that you get to witness that talent in person, thanks for sharing the pics.

12:23 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Cool pics, Mike! I love running there when I am in town. You're a lucky guy.

12:06 AM  
Blogger momo said...

wow, cool, that sounds like fun and that place looks absolutely beautiful!

i can run about a half a mile in 5:15... ;-)

12:53 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

Great pics - love the track. And you are so lucky to work at Nike!!

Also enjoyed the post you linked. Some very good points.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Cliff Tam said...

this is a lot of fun. Wish every company have something like this ;)

8:37 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Nice pics of the campus track. I read an article that decribes that area and track - it is great to see the pictures.

5:48 PM  

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