Thursday, May 31, 2007
That puts me up to 14.76 miles for the week with two days left. I'm starting to feel my knee stiffen up between runs. Hopefully, it won't become a major issue.
This morning I weighed in at 222.5. I believe that is my low since I started running.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I needed to run in a race. It was well organized and had a lot of runners. 494 to be exact. It was chip timed and was held at Papago Park near the zoo. I knew I was going to set any PR's, but it sure felt good to be out there in the middle of the pack.
This race had a staggered start. The older you are, the earlier you get to start. I started 12 minutes after the gun sounded and within minutes I was getting passed by all these younger runners. They had it rough because they had to weave in and out between us slower and older runners. I don't know what the hurry was about, but some of them were flying. I ran steady, but since I'm not in top form (for me) I ended up taking walk breaks. I forgot to start my Nike + and realized it about 1/4 of a mile into the race. It still helped me with my pacing. In the end I ran a 38:05 race. I could have run it a tad faster, but in the last half of the race I met up with a friend from Team In Training, Roland. We ran it in together at a leisurly pace. He started later than me and had a better time than me, but I was glad to run with him over the last 1.5 miles or so.
After the race, ARR had bagels and cream cheese, cookies, chips, water melon and sodas. The line was long and we ended up waiting 15-20 minutes to get something to eat. It was the cream cheese that slowed the line down. I offered to walk down the line with the water melon so that runners could get something right away, but the water melon cutting lady thought I was crazy. I guess she thought people should have to wait in line and suffer. I wasn't going to argue with a knife carrying lady.
I never tasted water melon so good. The next race is June 16th at the Reach 11 Horse Lover's Park. Anyone in Arizona, I highly recommend ARR races. I believe, Phil is very active with ARR.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Suns are done, so I don't have to worry about scheduling Suns games into my day. The Reds are playing horrible, so I am now watching other teams play. I really like watching the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. It would be a good year for a rematch in the World Series for those two teams.
My daughter just graduated from 8th grade and is now a high schooler. My son will be a junior and we'll have to start visiting colleges next school year.
I'm working a lot lately. That's good, because I'm a Realtor. No work and no money. So work is good. I have two clients that are moving to Glendale and El Mirage, which are on the other side of the world (metro area). 38 miles one way from my home.
Tonight, I ran 5 miles. I ran from my home to Desert Breeze Park. There's a path that goes around the lake and two baseball fields. I ran around the path a couple times and then ran back home. It's a nice run. I ran after nite fall, so it was cooler. Probably under 90 degrees.
My mileage has been low lately, but I hope to get it back up. I did sign up for the Summer Series of Races put on by the Arizona Road Runners. The first race is this Sunday in Papago Park.
I need to get more miles in and pick a half marathon to run this fall. Wish me luck.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Several people mentioned that I must have really swung hard. The truth is - My orange crush was used for over 3 years for 24-62 plus games a year and used by several people on my various teams. I, also, used it in batting cages which have those harder plastic balls. In softball bat years it was over 30 years old. Let's hope my new stealth last that long.
Monday, May 14, 2007
We had to play without it on Friday nite. After four ininngs we were leading 7-0 and I had hopes of getting a shutout. My first one ever as a softball pitcher. But, then the wheels came off and we gave up 6 runs in the last two ininngs and barely held on for the win.
Below are pictures of my bat. Rest in Peace.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Tonight I decided to get in a 5k. I ran 5 miles last night and I wanted to do a back to back. I wanted to run a bit faster too. I have been in a rut as far as my time is concerned.
So tonight in the dark I started to run. My legs have felt great the last couple weeks. No knee issues either. I don't know why but I starter thinking about my high school wrestling days. In wrestling you have to get mad, hate your opponent and want to crush him. I always had problems with that back then because I was too nice. I still like to think that I'm too nice to this day. But tonight as I ran, I thought about wrestling and some of my old teammates which lead me to day dream about wrestling and as I did I was getting an attitude. A mean attitude and I was running just a bit faster. In the end I ran the 3.1 miles in 35:04 for a pace of 11:19. I had been running at a 12 something pace, so I was happy with this. I need to get my 5k pace down near 10 minutes.
So, here's some wrestling pictures from my high school yearbook. Aiken High School, Cincinnati Ohio. Class of 1980.
The top picture is me in front of another wrestler's sign. I'm half japanese, so we felt the sign should have been for me. This was at the league tournament at Western Hills HS in 1980. The picture below is a rare shot of me with the advantage. Both shoulders have to be touching. I guess one isn't. You can see the number 185 on my back. That's my weight class. Sure would be nice to be under 185 now.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
This week I ran on Tuesday night. I could see the lighting going on over the reservation to the south of Chandler and I thought I could get a run in. I made it .67 miles before the drops started falling. I considered continueing. I've run in the rain before, but the lightening was getting closer and closer. So, I packed it in and called it a day. My time was a blistering 7 minutes and 26 seconds for a 10:59 pace. I wasn't panting and I don't think I even sweated a bit. Last June I would have been wasted by such a long run. Now, it's nothing.
On Wednesday I ran 3.07 miles in 37:26 seconds for a 12:09 pace. It seems like my first mile has been 11:21 for the past 3-4 times I've run. Is my nike+ out of whack? I'm going to have to compare it with my heart rate monitor to be sure.
Softball is starting on may 11th. I'm excited.
The Suns beat the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. I'm pumped.
The Reds? Oh well, they're in second place. Some days are better than others for them.
I just finished reading in the Cincinnati paper that my brother is sueing a comedy club and Chad Johnson of the Bengals. Turns out my nephew won a trip to the super bowl that Chad was supposed to pay for. He never fulfilled that obligation. Then he was going to give away a Lexus at the comedy club. So, my brother bought a bunch of tickets to that show. He gave the car away to his girlfriend instead. Insteresting stuff.