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2012-366 Day 302 – Half Marathon and Softball Game 7

Today was utterly insane and I can barely focus to write. This was going to be a lot longer, but I think I’ve hit the end of the line for the day. I’ll try to go into the Half Marathon more tomorrow, but here’s the nutshell: I ran a personal best 2:28:02 (my previous best was 2:39:04 at my first Half Marathon – Disneyland 2009) by using a new run/walk method (about an 11:18 mile pace).

I made it back to my softball game, knowing that we’d only have nine players. Upon showing up, I found out that one of our women was under the weather, so we were playing with the minimum eight (and taking an automatic out at the bottom of the order with only two women in the lineup). Long story short here again: we wound up winning 10-5 by playing excellent defense, having some timely hitting, and some lucky plays. After hitting a sacrifice ground ball in my first at bat with a runner on third, I actually managed to drive a ball to right center and limp into second with a double in my second at bat. A hit back to the pitcher sent me to third after it got away from him a bit, but the third baseman was standing on the base and prevented me from trying to score. Unfortunately the umpire was looking at the play at first and didn’t see it. After I (loudly) brought it to his attention, the third baseman first tried to argue he did nothing illegal and then finished by saying that I was slow and wouldn’t have scored anyway.

Needless to say, this ticked me off. After gently mentioning the fact that I had ran a Half Marathon that morning (and what had you done this morning, thank you very much), I let it go for the moment and wound up being stranded at third. If we had lost by one run, I would have been even more perturbed. My next at bat, I hit a short flare into right that I stretched into a double, and then scored from second on the next hit (a line drive into mid left). Feeling vindicated, I did wind up grounding out to short in my last at bat. I know I didn’t have the greatest attitude today, but I was a little raw from fatigue and effort. I was better for most of the rest of the game.

I played third to help save my legs, and got to pull one of my favorite defensive plays there, the ground ball to third base with the bases loaded, step on third and turn the double play to first. The other team managed to load the bases in the bottom of the last inning, but a fantastic running catch from our center fielder bailed us out and we scored our second win of the year.

The two wins are misleading, as we’ve lost two games by 1 run and tied another, so a few bounces our way mean that we could be 5-2 instead of the 2-4-1 record we currently sport. The entire league is very balanced this year, anyone can win the championship.

Weight: 224 Loss: 16 lbs – Running Yearly Mileage: 343.1 miles (+13.1 miles)
Softball Stats: Game 5 – 2/3 (.666), 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI Season – 17/24 (.708), 5 2B, 11 R, 10 RBI
Fitocracy Level: 26 ID: disciplev1

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