Last weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, Chris Solinsky of Nike and the Oregon Track Club set the new American record in the 10,000 meters. He is the first runner of non African descent to break the 27 minute barrier and the fourth fastest ever debut at the distance. He is also by far the biggest runner to go under 27 minutes, checking in at 6'1" and 164 lbs. Prior to the race, there was a lot of hype about Galen Rupp making an attempt at the American record with Nike organizing pacemakers for his bid. Rupp had a great ballsy race and pushed the pace through the 6-9K range after the rabbits dropped out. It never occurred to Rupp or his coach Salazar that they could setting up Solinsky for the win. Here's the video of the whole race. It gets really exciting about 25 minutes in.
New American 10K record
With some plans of our own, Jessie and I have been putting in some nice runs in the Whitefish, MT area. 6 easy on Mon and 13 on Tues. The weather hasn't been good for much of anything else.
Another easy run today in Glacier National Park and then next up...Bismarck, ND