I no longer listen to Adam Tinkoff’s podcasts, but there is one thing that always stuck with me about his recorded runs–I could never figure out how much time he actually spent running and how much time he spent taking pictures.
One of the things I was looking forward to doing on my trip to Las Vegas last week for DeafNation World Expo was to have a nice run up The Strip. Because of the heat I was looking for an early morning run. On Saturday morning I took a couple of friends to the airport a little after 5:00 and came back to start my run. It was a mere 87 degrees.
To make it a Tinkoff run I made sure that I took my camera. The plan was to run for an hour and a half. You can take a lot of pictures in that time. However I was a little surprised to find I had taken 73 at the end of the run. I think Adam would be proud.
My hotel was an off-strip hotel. I entered the strip at Harmon Avenue and ran south. I ran down to MGM Grand and crossed over Las Vegas Blvd. at New York-New York to head back north. I spent a few minutes at the Bellagio fountain before going up to Caesar’s Palace. Though I had been in Las Vegas for a week at that point, I had not spent any time going through the hotels. I found out later that I probably would have really enjoyed the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace. There are many free exhibits to see in all the hotel lobbies (along with many things I really didn’t want to see).
At Caesar’s Palace I saw a man running away from the hotel with very little clothing, and what he did have on was wet. I thought it was a homeless guy taking an early morning bath. When I got closer to one of the fountain areas I noticed there was a lot of water on the sidewalk. When I went back out to the main road I saw 3 college-age guys putting their clothes back on laughing about their adventure in the pond.
I continued up to the bridge over Sand’s/Spring Mountain Road and met a couple of men from England. We had a nice chat and then I ran on up toward Wynn and Encore before crossing over Las Vegas Blvd and headed south again.
Because it was so early in the morning I was able to run in the shade the whole time. It gave some really neat lighting to some of my pictures. Others ended up “flat” because there were no shadows to set off one layer from another. However there were also fewer people to get in the way of the camera.
The run ended with me shooting back out Harmon Avenue over to my hotel on Koval. I ran 5.7 miles and took 73 photos in 1 hour and 26 minutes. That is almost 1 picture per minute. I am not sure how that compares to an Adam Tinkoff run, but maybe he has some stats he would like to share in the comments.
This can easily go on my list of favorite runs. While it is not even close to my all-time favorite, it certainly ranks high on the list.