Friday, August 31, 2007

Let's Play Two

Softball Nite

Last night was softball night. We started playing in the rain, but that quickly ended. We played a really bad team and won two games by the 20 run mercy rule. I walked, tripled and walked my first three at bats. The rest of the night I spent trying to hit the ball as far as I could. I don't have a lot of power, so I end up not doing real well. I flew out to the left fielder a few times. It was very humid, by the end of the night my grey tee was totally drenched. Fun was had by all. At least on our side.

Random pictures. My first car. A 1982 (?) Toyota Corolla hatchback. I took over my brothers payments on this beauty. I had just graduated from college and it's in the parking lot of my first apartment in St. Louis, MO. Did you know? I've never owned a brand new car. Now, we've bought new cars for my wife, but never for me. That's ok, I'm not really into cars and I'm pretty frugal too. (Green Alert: buying used is being green, isn't it?)

Sculpture found in the parking lot of a Gilbert, AZ office park. It rotates in the wind. Pretty cool.

Training for a full marathon.

My exercise consecutive days is now up to 50. My training for the fall will revolve around the various 5k's I have planned and will also focus on the PF Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon in January. My plan is to test my left knee with my long runs. If I get through those 12, 14 and on up to 20 milers ok, I will do the full marathon. If the knee acts up again, I will do the half. This will be my first full marathon. 13.1 miles has been the furthest I've run to date.

Here's me with Clark Kent at last years Rock and Roll half marathon. Rumor has it he turned into Superman around mile 10.

If he really is Superman, why didn't he run the full marathon?

Anyway, I'm hoping I can be a bit of a Superman this year. (Green alert: The ND Irish sweatshirt I had on was bought at Goodwill, left at the 3 mile mark of the marathon and should have been donated back to Goodwill)

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Database Diva said...

Hi Pat,

I have no words of wisdom for you, but I might have a few words of silliness :D I love the photo of the mountains and desert. I just got back from a midnight run through the Nevada desert. I bet it would have looked like that in the daylight!

We are planning to participate in PF Chang's Rock N Roll Arizona Half Marathon in January. I've never been to AZ before, so I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be sure to watch your blog for any words of wisdom you might have!


P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog!

SlowPoke said...

Pat, you inspire me!!!

My training has not been going well, but reading your posts always gives me the kick I need!

Hopefully I will see you at a race or 2 this fall..


Marcy said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh memories of my first car. What good times we had together :P

You'll do great with the marathon, Pat ;D

Irene said...

The first car I bought was green. Does that count?

The AZRNR marathon would be a good one to do because it's mostly FLAT, and it goes through some pretty areas and my friend's apartment...

How much time will you give yourself to know if you'll do the full marathon or the half? Either way, nice going

BTW, The running site you asked me about on my blog seems pretty complete.

Have a great 3 day weekend!

Pat said...

I'm 99% sure I will be able to finish the RnR in January. But, if my knee reacts poorly to the long runs in Nov and Dec, I'll switch to the half.

I don't want to be out there for 6 hours. So, I'm looking to be able to do sub 13 minute miles.

J-Wim said...

A FULL mary, I had no idea that was on the agenda - great goal!

Jeff said...

I'm thinking the O's could use your bat to bolster their lineup. Actually, how's your pitching arm?

J~mom said...

WOOHOO!!! GO PAT!! You can do it!!