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We kicked, we balled…we got 3rd place

Our summer kickball season is over.  Sniff, sniff.  Our team was actually pretty good.  We only had one loss in the regular season, and we easily made it past the first round of playoffs. 

The second round is where things got a bit exciting.  We were down 7 to 2 early in the game.  We were making lots of silly mistakes.  The sun was beating down on us.  But we kicked harder, ran faster, and pegged our opponents with the ball.  We ended up winning 8 to 7 – and on we moved to the next game (which was immediately following this first game).

That’s where things got ugly, quickly.  We were missing easy catches.  We were overthrowing balls.  We were kicking like…crap.  And the sun continued to beat down on us.  We ended up losing…very badly.  But as our “coach” liked to say, “If you had fun, you won!!”

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Go Team Oskar’s! 

Newest member to the team

Remember WAYYYYYYYYY (add or subtract the “Ys” as you see fit) back in elementary/middle school?  I’ll give you a moment to think.  Tick, tock, tick, tock.  Ok, one of my favorite PE activities back then was…KICKBALL!  Kick a ball, run around bases, peg people with the ball to tag them out…ah, love it. 

Well, Micah and I, and a number of other friends are playing in a Sunday co-ed kickball league.  It’s super fun!!  Plus, it’s an easy game to play, and doesn’t take much energy – perfect for getting in some outdoor love on a Sunday afternoon.

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We are actually a fairly decent team.  One loss, and five wins…so far!

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Go Team Oskar’s! Our team got sponsored by Oskar’s Kitchen (which former Sonic Shawn Kemp owns).  I’m absent from pic above – was on a plane at the time.

While Tera & Co. were in town last week, we had a kickball game to play.  We thought we’d try and recruit our own Isabella to join.

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Don’t worry Isabella, the cutoff sleeve is just part of the uniform!  Hmm…now to find you a shirt….and shorts.

 

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I think she is super excited to come play with us!

  

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Ah…nevermind.  You stay home then.  There’s no crying in kickball!  P.S. You need a shirt.

We beat the bridge, but we did not keep our feet dry

Our friends Tarah and Anthony, along with myself ran the Nordstrom-sponsored Beat the Bridge 8k (about 5 miles) race this morning.  In typical Seattle fashion – it was raining pouring.  It didn’t make for the best running conditions, but we managed to still make it through to the finish line (soaking wet from head to toe)…and then on to a much-deserved huge ol’ breakfast (complete with chocolate chip pancakes)

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We decided to run this race together, which was fine with me since I figured I could try and push them a little harder.  We did great!  We finished in 45:53…just about 9:15/miles. 

I’m super proud of them!  In addition to keeping up with half marathon training, I’ll be looking for a good 10k or 12k for them to run this summer.  Our other friend Aaron, will rejoin the gang shortly (he’s been out letting his fractured elbow heal)

And in case you are wondering, yes – this was a Nordstrom-sponsored race, but that doesn’t mean Micah was any bit interested in participating…as a runner!  Instead, he donated some money in my name and was our chauffeur Smile

Running hail fail

With all the gray, gloom, and rain around here the past few…months, it’s been a little challenging finding the motivation to go running outside.  Part of the reason I’m running at all is because of my new coaching “job.”

I happened to muster up the energy and motivation to go running the other day after I got home from work.  I’m talking, walk in the door, immediately change into workout clothes, grab my iPod and out the door.  I thought that was pretty darn good. 

Less than two miles into my run (of the five I was planning on), it started to HAIL!  I’m talking pelt you in the face, “ouch that hurts” sort of hail.  And it wasn’t letting up.  Not only was I drenched in just a couple of minutes, but the hail was so tremendous it was seriously hitting my eyeballs. 

I had the option of sticking it out and continue running, or head back home as the first part of my run was a two-mile loop…and I was nearing the end of the loop.

I debated, but in the end, the hail made the decision for me.  Off to home I went…soaked and with sore eyeballs.  Sigh.  Sun…any day now. 

My running entourage

I have an entourage!!  Well, not really – but I am serving as running “coach” for my friends Aaron, Anthony, and Tarah.

Although I have quite a bit of running experience and knowledge, I must preface this post by confessing that I really don’t love running.  I’m not sure I ever have…it’s just something I’ve done.  Weird, I know.  Now, let’s continue.

The goal: Run and finish a half marathon (13.1 miles).  They’ve selected a half marathon in September in the Woodinville area.

The mission:  Help them train so they can complete the race in under 2:10 (that’s 2 hours and 10 minutes).  And of course, do it injury-free (I didn’t say sore-free) and have fun with it.

The challenge:  Well, for starters that’s a long distance to run!!  Aaron has many half-marathons under his belt, but is looking for my help so he can beat the time part.  Tarah and Anthony have never ran a half…and probably only ran six or so miles at the most at one time – so they need help with getting their endurance up, the mental game, pacing, hills, speed, etc. 

The plan:  We do have quite a bit of time to train.  And we’ve already started.  Each Saturday morning, the four of us (I named us the “Quad Squad” – although it doesn’t seem to be catching on with the others) meet up and run.  Simple as that.  For now, once a week or so will work.  But starting in June, we’ll need to run more often and up our miles.  Right now, focus is on building up our miles from week to week (we’re currently up to 5.5 miles).  Soon, for fun and variety – I’ll throw in some speed workouts and the oh so fun hill workouts. 

Additionally, we’ll sign up for a few “fun” runs during the upcoming months of at least 8k-12k distance.  It’s a great way to see where you are physically and mentally, and give you experience dealing with running in traffic (i.e. dodging in and out of other runners).

Thus far…everyone is doing great!  One particular challenge for me will be to make sure they all stay motivated for training.  I’ve been there…training – especially as you get up there in miles – SUCKS!!!

Key tool:  Aside from shoes, a watch, and an iPod – I also love using this site to map out the runs.  Yes, there are different apps out there that track your miles in real-time – but it doesn’t help you know ahead of time where to run.  I’ve used Gmaps Pedometer for years to plan my runs.

Our new recruit

As I mentioned a couple blog posts ago, Micah and I are playing basketball together in a co-ed league. 

Today, we had someone very special join us on our team.  My friend Jessica and I recruited him last night.  He just happened to be at the same bar (which he owns), that Jessica’s birthday party was also at.  He was a cool guy and he even got us a round of drinks.  He was so cool, that when we invited him (not being serious at all) to come play with us at our game tomorrow – he was totally down. 

Of course we let all our team members know about this special addition to the team (via very excited text messages) – and then it was a matter of if he really would show up.

And he did!

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Can you spot our special guest?

For those who don’t have a clue of who I’m talking about – it’s Shawn Kemp – he used to be one of the premiere (aka BADASS) power forwards in the NBA…playing much of his career with the Seattle Supersonics.

Pretty cool.  And he still has game.  He obviously didn’t play all out – that would be a little unfair. But he had some good rebounds, some good assists, and one nice little dunk (that was very fun to watch). 

We even have his digits now…so next time we need a sub – we can just call him directly.  Smile

A Team Roonaka first

Sunday night was the first of our co-ed basketball league games. (Actually we had to play a doubleheader – so we are two games in)

Yep…Micah and I are on a co-ed team…together! It’s the first time we’ve played together on an official team, and it’s the first time in…a very very very very long time that I’ve played any bball. 

Lest I remind you – I’ve been ridiculously sick for the past two weeks.  I’ve done nothing…not a single pushup, jumping jack, or burpee during this downtime.  So going into a doubleheader as my first attempt back to working out, as well as playing some ball – well, I was dying.  But I made it through (yay for subs). 

Micah faired better – he’s been playing once a week with a bunch of guys. 

Our team’s made up of a bunch of our guy and girl friends – so it’s a great chance to get some exercise and have some fun with friends. 

Our record thus far: 1 win; 1 loss.


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