Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Softball Friendly

Thank goodness last night's softball game was just a friendly tune up for the playoffs because we definitely did not have one of our best performances.

Our fielding was spotty and we just couldn't get our bats going.

Holly at bat
Holly at bat

It didn't help that my pitching was a little bit on the shaky side too. In our regular season games, we don't have umpires, so there's no called balls or strikes. Last night I found out in the playoffs there are umpires, and you start with a 1-1 count for each batter.

Pitching
Pitching

That stressed me out a bit during last night's game, and it made me tense, which made it take way longer than normal for me to find my zone.

I guess it's good that I found out now though instead of during the playoffs.

Pitching two

Aside from the shoddy pitching, I did make two pretty stellar plays in the field. One batter drilled the ball right back at me (unintentionally, she apologized later) and I managed to nab it to get the out.

Another batter hit a slower bouncing ball up the middle and I was able to charge it and make the throw out at first.

I like to think those two plays make up for my lackluster pitching.

The game ended with us losing 10-7, which is a really low-scoring game for our league. I guess neither team was totally on their A-game last night.

Jon at bat

It's hard to believe playoffs are just around the corner and that the season will be wrapping up soon. Seriously, where has this summer gone?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Five Miler

Well summer vacation is officially over and I'm super sad to see it go.

I miss this!
Miss this already!

Seriously, I could live at the beach.

I spent a week in Rehoboth Beach with my family doing not much other than soaking up the sun with my nose stuck in a book.

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Family minus the little brother who didn't have the vacation time to use

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Family dinner at the oyster bar with my uncle Joe and Todd

I read three great books and finally caught up on all my issues of Runner's World (I was like three months behind.)

And of course I treated myself to lots of delicious Kohr's Brothers custard.

Happiness in a dish
Happiness in a dish!

It was so nice to get away and just relax. I was in bed pretty early every night and awake on the early side too. With nothing to stress me out, I actually woke up refreshed every morning.

But it wasn't all relaxation all the time.

The first day we were there, the Seashore Striders were holding the last race in their summer series. It was a five miler that ran right past our beach house.

How could I say no?

I jogged over to the start line, paid my $25 entry fee and got a really nice technical shirt.

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The race started a little while later and the course took us through some of the very nicely shaded roads in a few of the beach communities.

I noticed it was a pretty small race and thought maybe I'd have a chance to win an age group award, so when the race started I took off like a bat out of hell.

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How, after years of running, have I not learned that starting out that fast is always a bad idea? Seriously, I am an idiot.

My first mile clocked in around 8:25.

And every mile from there got progressively slower. I positive split the crap out of this race and did not in fact win an age group award.

By the end of the race the sun was really starting to beat down on me and I was enjoying lots of nice walk breaks on the sunny stretches of road.

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Except right here, where my family was taking my picture. 
Definitely told them before I left to take pictures because I'd need them for the blog.

I did still manage to finish the five miles in 46:47, which was good enough for 126 overall and 8th in my age group. Not too shabby for a random beach race I decided to run at the last minute.

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I also got a nice medal for finishing and some delicious watermelon at the finish line. Not bad for a race with a $25 day-of registration fee.

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The race was a really fun way to kick off my vacation and I was happy my mom happened to stumble on it when she was looking for things to do.

Sadly though vacation is over now. And I have to say goodbye to the sun and the sand and the waves until next summer.

Rehoboth beach

I guess that means it's time to get back to my regular routine and dive into Marine Corps Marathon training full force!

Friendly reminder from @ejcan that MCM training in the heat will kick our butts.

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Fitness Bucket List

The reason I first started running all those years ago was because "running a marathon" was one of the things on my bucket list.

I'd been reading my mom's Runner's World magazines for a while at that point and saw all these stories about how anyone could run a marathon, and thought what the heck, why not?

I plunked down the money for the entry fee, spent six months training and eventually crossed the finish line of the Baltimore Marathon.

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Me and my college roomies at the finish

Running my first marathon was what really launched me into the fitness world, and since then I've been building an even bigger bucket list of races and other fitness challenges I'd like to try.

The list is ever-growing and constantly changing, but I thought I'd share some of the races on it at the moment.

1. The Marine Corps Marathon - Ever since I've lived in DC this has been one of the races high up on my bucket list. It's a historic race, through one of the best cities in the world, where a Marine places a medal on your neck at the finish line. What's not to love, and this year I will finally be able to cross it off.

2. The Shamrock Marathon/Half in Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach is a great town for running since it's so flat. I've done the Rock N Roll race there over Labor Day weekend, but I think the Shamrock race would be awesome to run because it's in March when the weather is better.

3. The Disney Marathon (or the Princess Half) - I've heard so many great things about races in Disney World. I would obviously run either of these races for fun and stop for pictures with all the characters on the course.

4. The New York Marathon - Again it's another one of those famous races that I would love to do one day.

5. The Nike Women's Marathon/Half - The original race is out in San Francisco, but rumor has it Nike is going to be bringing a half to DC this spring. I'm down for any race where you get a Tiffany necklace as your finisher's medal.

There are tons more races on my bucket list, but I won't bore you with the whole thing.

But tell me, what races are on your bucket list?