Pool, PR and Inside the Park!

Last Thursday night we had a little league baseball game for Statman.  He plays 9u kid pitch baseball.  He really enjoys it, and is getting better as we practice more and the season continues.  Last season was an epic fail, mainly due to the league, as the talent level was very poor in that league. We decided to switch leagues this year and give it a try, as we heard from numerous sources the talent level was much better.  Well, it is.   A step or two above.  Statman plays on a team with 3 travel ball players, and they are at the top of the league talent.  Statman is average, or above average, but not to their level.  No fault to him, we just don’t practice enough.  We had a game Thursday night.  The team was trailing 10-6 in the bottom of the 5th. Last at bat for the team.  Statman was 3rd to hit this inning.  Batter 1 struck out.  Batter 2 grounded out.  Statman came to the plate, ripped a line shot down the 3rd base line. The ball rolled to the fence, past the leftfielder.  Statman rounded 2nd on his way to third as the left fielder picked up the ball and threw it to towards third.  Statman rounded third (with a HUGE smile on his face) as coach waved him home.  Shortstop took the relay and launched it home, just to the left of homeplate. The catcher reached to make the play, but Statman just touched homeplate before the catcher could make the tag.  Inside the park Home Run!  Statman was hugged by all his teammates.   10-7.  Rally time. Next batter struck out, game over.

homerun-clipart-home_run

Saturday brought a short shakeout run for me prior to my 1/2 marathon on Sunday morning.  Then we headed to the soccer fields as Bookworm had 2 soccer games, about 1 hour apart.  Bookworm played goalie again this game, stopped about 30 of the 35 shots that were fired at him.  Some of the saves could have been put on ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 plays.  Game 1 – Loss 5-0.  Game 2 came about an hour or so later.  Bookworm was put back in goal again.  He asked coach if he could play in the field, but coach said he was doing too well and he needed to stay in goal.  6o minutes and about 45 shots later, the 2nd soccer game ended in a loss, 6-1.  As a comparison, the opponents’ goalies, both games, probably had a combined 10 shots on goal.   Compare that to Bookworms rapid fire assault, with about 40 to 50 shots on him per game.   Can anyone say “Defense”?   One week left of this soccer experience for Bookworm.  We shall reassess his soccer playing days after next week.  He’s done awesome and we’re so very proud of him, just wish it was a different experience.

Sunday morning was my marathon.  I was up at 4:45am to make sure I had my pre-race meal, and get all the jitters out of my stomach before the race.  Good thing I got to the race location with an hour to spare, as the jitters worked them selves out several times.  The race started at 7:30am under sunny skies and cool temperatures.   The course was a double loop course, split in the first 1 to 2 miles of each leg by a 1/3 mile boardwalk through a forest.  Nice and cool.  My goal time was a sub-2 hour 1/2.  I ran this race last year, same route, in 2:05 +/-.  I didn’t train near enough for it last year, as we spent a couple weeks prior to it in Boston and Washington, DC.  I’m not making excuses, I just didn’t run.  Focused on many other things other than running.  I hit the turn-around at about mile 6 feeling really good.  It was still fairly cool out.  I was at about an 8:30 to 8:45 pace.  I didn’t know exactly, as my garmin jumps from 7 minutes to 10:30 in about 10 steps.   I had some times written on my arm to keep pace, and I was ahead of these times.  So I felt pretty good.   I came out of the forest at about mile 7 1/2.  4 miles of asphalt running until the homestretch.  I started to feel my legs getting heavy about mile 10, but knew I was moving pretty good and needed to keep pushing.  I passed one guy running in a kilt (yes, a kilt), at about mile 9, and he said “either I’m slowing down or you’re speeding up”.  My response was a flat “I’m not sure what I’m doing”.   I hit the boardwalk for the last run in the cool and then the long home stretch up the main drive to the finish line.  I came out of the woods and hit a curtain of heat.   I think in that 1/3 mile stretch through the woods the temperature went up 10 degrees.  I came out and it was quite warm.  I wanted to stop running, but knew I couldn’t.  I had a goal, and I had a need to finish this race strong.  I told my coach what I wanted to do, and this was my coach’s first training plan for someone other than herself, so I had to give it my all.   I finished the long stretch to the finish line and was pleased to meet beat my goal time.  Finish time 1:52:26.   I crushed my 1/2 PR by over 12 minutes, on the same course, and even won 1st place in my age group.   I was thrilled.  Thanks to my coach, aka Wife.   There is something to say about small races.

PBC half finish medal

My finisher medal and 1st place age group trophy!

 

We spent the rest of Sunday afternoon working in the yard, doing some yardwork, including mowing, edging, and stick/pine cone clean up.  We also pulled the covers off the pool, put the vacuum in, scrubbed the walls, and cleaned the deck around it.  Getting it ready for summer.   It warmed up to 73, but not enough for Bookworm to jump in.  He tried, but could only make it in about thigh deep.  It looks awfully enticing to jump into, but still too cold.  I didn’t get in last year unless it was above 80.  We had some trees removed in the backyard in April to add about 3 to 4 more hours of sunlight a day on the pool, with the target to get more sunlight = warmer pool = more use.  Well, let me rephrase, more adult use.  The kids can handle the pool at 75 degrees and above.  Wife and I = 85+.   I’m hoping a long week of sun and 80’s will have this pool nice and warm come the end of the week.  Fingers crossed.

pool open

Monday brought our big fundraising event at Statmans’ elementary school.  More to come on that, but you can read about some of it here on my wife’s page.  And a busy week of kid sports, concession stand work, grandparents’ visit, and Mother’s Day!

What do you have planned for this week?  What did you do over the weekend? Any big accomplishments recently you want to talk about?