The 1st Gold Medal

A few Sunday’s ago I walked out onto the field and into America’s pasttime. Myself and a few other guys were representing our workplace in Men’s Softball during the 2011 Corporate Games. I started off the first inning playing rightfield but after that moved to Catcher (which was much more fun). Our first game was close for the first few innings and then I was up to bat for the second time. Runner’s on first and second base, two outs. I was able to draw a walk and load the bases. Our big hitters came up and went to town and before they got the third out we had scored fourteen runs and went on to win that game by a big margin.

In the second game, our defense tightened up as we got into a good rhythm and when the final out was recorded we had won by 5 runs and had earned the right to play in the Gold medal game. The other semi-final game was still going on so we went over to watch to see who we would be playing. Both teams had big hitters and we’re scoring runs like crazy. Somehow it ended as a tie so they went to extra innings. The first team scored a few runs so in the bottom of the inning the other team had to score 3 runs to tie and 4 to win. They quickly scored one run but then got two outs. The next few batters got on base and then their best hitter came up. Down 3, bases loaded, 2 outs. One of their other players told us that no matter what happened, win or lose, they all had to leave to go to work after this game. So if they won, we would get the gold by forfeit. We watched anxiously as their best hitter stepped to the plate, swung at a pitch, and hit a grand slam! They won be one run and by default we got the gold medal!

It wasn’t a conventional win, but we were happy with it nonetheless. I do think the championship game would have been a great one to play in, but we walked away that day with a gold medal, my first of the 2011 Corporate Games. Little did I know there were more to come….

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Ch…Ch…Changes

For the past 10 months I have been working 2 jobs: 1 full time and 1 part time. Recently the part time job made me a full time offer, which I accepted. So 1 month shy of my 3 year anniversary at my old job I left and began a new chapter in my life. It was definitely bittersweet leaving but something new is always exciting. The new job certainly has some benefits, I only have a 5 minute drive to work now and I don’t have to be there until 9:30! It’s nice to have some time to get things done in the morning, I’ve actually been running a lot! Anyway, just thought I would update the blog/Internet world about the changes in my life. Thanks for checking in.

Corporate Games 5k

2 5k’s down, 3 to go! I recently ran my second 5k of 2011 but this time I was actually competing for the company I work for as opposed to simply running on my own. I didn’t expect to win, but I wanted to represent us well. The course was 2 laps around a park in Ventura.

There were a lot of people running and as is typical of me, when the race started I tried to keep up with the pack, quickly tiring myself. I finally slowed down and found a rhythm and once that happens, the fatigue passes and I feel like I could run for a long time, just not at a fast pace. I finished the first lap in 18 minutes (by this time the people who had finished first and second overall had already finished the entire race!) and started on my second time around the park.

It was the first time, I’ve ever ran a 5k in the evening so it was nice and cool, there was a calm breeze blowing and I picked up my speed and made it back around to the finish line with a total time of just over 35 minutes, over a minute faster than my time at the LA 5k.  I was proud of that. Overall I came in at 200th place, but our company won top honors in the 5k getting a total of 6 gold and silver medals.

So now that I have 2 5k’s under my belt I need to plan my next one. After that one I think I’ll attempt my first 10k. I get to go to work later in the morning now so I’ve started running in the mornings a few days a week for training so hopefully that helps. Until next time – keep running!

One Week of Food (Day Five 4/14/11)

We have come at last to the final day of the Week of Food. Hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures this year. I now present Day Five:

I realized that last year on the final day of the Week of Food I had Chick-fil-A so I thought that would be a fun tradition to start. So I went there for breakfast and had a Chicken Biscuit, tater tots and sweet tea. Good, but their lunch/dinners are much better than their breakfasts.

Lunch was pretty standard. A turkey and cheese sandwich on sourdough, string cheese, chips and a mango.

Jenny made another wonderful salad for dinner. This one had mixed greens, feta cheese, pears and a homemade balsamic dressing.

And for the last meal of the Week of Food, Jenny made Biscuit Pot Pie with sauteed chicken and mixed vegetables. Super tasty, I will be taking left-overs for lunch!

One Week of Food (Day Four 4/13/11)

It’s been a fun week so far and I’m happy to present the pictures from Day Four of the Week of Food.

Breakfast was a simple bowl of Cocoa Krispies.

No home-made coffee today, Starbucks was on the menu. An iced caramel macchiato. Yay for giftcards!

I finally got to my Caeser salad (although the lettuce had browned a little bit) for lunch and also had some chips, string cheese, and a banana.

The most wonderful drink in the world, a Pepsi (Throwback with real sugar) helped get me through the afternoon!

For dinner we went to a friend’s house for a birthday BBQ and I had 2 hotdogs and some assorted snacks: chips, fruit and cookies. I just didn’t take a picture of the snacks, people would have been looking at me weird as I took a picture of each bowl!

Day Four of the Week of Food ended sweetly, with some homemade hot chocolate that Jenny made for us!

One Week of Food (Day Three 4/12/11)

Day Three of the Week of Food was a tasty one.

After an early morning run I had a bowl of snap, crackle, pop! Rice Krispies.

Morning isn’t morning without a good cup of coffee. And a Basset Hound!

Lunch plans changed and instead of having my packed lunch I had a left-over sandwich (from a staff meeting), chips, string cheese, and a cookie! Very beige 😦

I was on my own for dinner, which is always an adventure, but I think I did well. I fired up the grill and BBQ’d some chicken and grilled some asparagus.

I finished off Day Three and the evening with a nice cup of English Breakfast Tea.

One Week of Food (Day Two 4/11/11)

Welcome to Day Two of the Week of Food!

Now that I have some time in the morning before work I was able to make a nice breakfast. A scrambled eggs and cheese breakfast burrito and French press coffee.

A co-workers daughter made cupcakes for us, so how could I say no? I had one of these little chocolate wonders.

Lunch was left-over pizza and a banana with a bit of reading on the side.

A Monster got me through the afternoon. You will probably be seeing these in a lot of pictures this week!

Jenny made a very healthy dinner that started off with a salad with blue cheese, toasted pecans, avacado and homemade dressing.

And for the main course: baked chicken with rosemary and broccoli and green beans sauteed with pecans.