On Tuesday night our running club moved our weekly 'Track Tuesdays' to the brand new artificial track at Rice University. Massive upgrade from Reagan High School, except for the parking. It is a bit of a hike from the free parking at Rice, to the track. Good opportunity to warm up!
But really there is no comparison. Most importantly we now have lights at night, so don't have to stumble around in the dark or worse yet show up at a locked facility as we did recently in the Heights. Also, the track at Rice has more lanes, there are some real professional coaches around (we are going to learn a lot from them, no doubt) and it has a fabulous backdrop (Medical Center). I will take my camera next week.
As it happens, every Tuesday there is an organic Farmers Market at Rice - from 3:30p to 6:30p I think - so it is a great opportunity to stock up on some locally grown vegetables and other good stuff, before going on to the track workout. On Tuesday I picked up some really nice beetroot, cauliflower and Swiss chard.
Part of the deal (for the club to be able to run at the Rice track) is that the Striders will be supplying some volunteers for the three Rice University track meets coming up in the spring. I won't be around for the first one in March but I am looking forward to assisting with the other two. And I will definitely take the camera to capture a few images of speedy athletes!