Friday, September 14, 2007

65 Days and counting.

Yesterday was softball doubleheader night with the new men's team I play on. We got crushed. We got enilated. And then we imploded. I was playing second. There was a man on first. The batter hit a grounder up the middle. Perfect for a double play. But, Bill the shortstop and I took the same route to the ball and nearly collided. The ball shot past us into the outfield right between our left centerfielder and our right center fielder who just stood there. Booth of them looked at each other (little league moment) and expected the other to be hustlin'. For the next hour plus they yelled at each other in the field and on the bench. It would have been comical, if it was so depressing.

They say softball is grown men playing a game like boys. But, I don't think this is what they meant.
So, this was the 65th day of consistant exercise. I hit the ball hard almost every at bat right into the glove of a fielder. When I hit it weakly, I would get a hit. Go figure.
But, hey this is a blog for Runner's right? I didn't run.
But, I did read many of your blogs and I've noticed that there's some great words or phrases that are unique to running. My favorite is 'Vanity Fartlek' or when you run harder when you are in eyesight of someone, then slowdown when you are alone. I read other runners talk about being 'chicked' in races. They are usually fast males that don't like the ideal of women passing them in a race. I don't use this term. Because, quite frankly, most of the women are in front of me anyway. Heck, I get grandma'd and grandpa'd all the time. And if another kid in a baby stroller sprays me with his sippy cup one more time as his mom shoots past me, I'm gonna scream. Anyway, what running terms are your favorites?


Jeff said...

I always thought the concept of a Speed Workout was redundant.

Beside that, it's gotta be Fartlek. Sounds like something a couple boys would get a howl out of. Just like my kids still think "fart" is funny. (Well, it is, isn't it!) Very close cousin to the Fartlek.

65 days, how long can you gooooooooooooo. . .

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO Pat!! I don't have any running terms that are my favs (that I can remember) I didn't even know about the "chicked" term. I will have to make my own up . . . . :P

K80K said...

Love the term "Vanity Fartlek". Need to start using that. I've been grandpa'd before by an 88 year old cancer survivor. Worst part was that we were right in front of the guy from MarathonFoto so there is photographic evidence of the situation, lol. Since I run the streets in my neighborhood I haven't had the sippy cup thing happen.

Vanilla said...

I'm quite sure that Marcy has probably 'chicked' her fair share of guys. ;)

I'm guilty of the vanity fartlek. Any time I go for a run I speed up when others are around - if it's a nice day and there are a lot of other runners out I often find myself wondering why I'm so tired.

Pokey said...

Farlek makes me laugh in my head whenever I read it, and I am not even a 12 year old boy!!!! ;)

My version of the vanity fartlek is refusing to take a walk break...even when my watch is beeping off my wrist telling me it's a walking interval...if I am running on a major road and there are cars coming!!! I wait until they pass, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat. I just tagged you for the 8 Random Facts About Me Meme. Please don't feel obligated to participate if you don't want to. I went ahead and did it because it was fun to talk about something other than plastic for once.

J-Wim said...

I too like the vanity fartlek. That's just a great word.
I have been chicked, dicked, grammaed, grampaed, stroller mamaed, and whippersnappered.