The 2nd Gold Medal

Jenny and I wanted to participate in a few of the Corporate Games events together. Our first attempt, bocce ball, didn’t turn out so well, but Lasertag was a different story altogether.

In our first match of the evening we performed great beating the other team by 5,000 or so points. This put us into the position that if we won the next game we would play for gold or silver and if we lost the next game we would play for bronze. I had an emergency phone call and had to leave and therefore missed the second game, but the rest of the team shot it up and won, we would play for gold. When I returned  I heard stories about Jenny controling the home base and scaring the heck out of the other team if they came near! Who knew if you put her in a Lasertag arena that this side of her would come out! Awesome!

Our team was called and we filed into the arena. The 12 minute game started and we attacked. When the final buzzer sounded we had won the match by a big margin. We had won the gold!

It was definitely cool winning a medal and competing alongside Jenny. We make a good team. Now we just have to work on our bocce ball skills for next year!

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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….

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!

The Los Angeles 5k

This past Saturday I ran my first 5k of the year, the Los Angeles 5k. So I have to run 4 more to meet my goal. Going into this race I didn’t have a time goal, but I did want to finish the race without having to stop running. Well, I finished the race, but I did not meet my goal and I blame the hills.

The course started off outside of Dodger Stadium near downtown LA and weaved its way through Elysian Park before finishing up back at the stadium. I expected the course to be hilly but was blindsided by the true hilliness of it! It seemed like half the course I was running uphill. I survived the hills, but somewhere between mile 2.5 and 3 I had to slow down to a walk to catch my breath. After my side-stich calmed down, I got back to running and finished in 36:08 which I was quite happy with.

My friend’s Phil and Reese (and 5,000 strangers) also ran the race, which was cool, and afterwards we went out for breakfast at this restaurant in Encino which served the most amazing pancakes and that definitely topped off the morning.

Up next is the Ventura Corporate Games 5k on April 6th!