Game #5: Orioles/Tigers

I’m sorry to hear that you lost, O’s, but you’re still in a great position to take the major league baseball world by storm. 

I’ve been sidelined by my lack of inspiration to run.  I decided to use the time I should be running, by doing something that reflects my thinking about running.

Click on http://www.tweetchat.com and enter #runtopearljam in the search box.  Within the results you will see how my enthusiasm for Pearl Jam infiltrated my running.  I LOVE to run to Pearl Jam.  Although I don’t like to think about what running I have to do – it makes me tired thinking about the running I have to do – once I’m doing it I’m usually running to Pearl Jam, and life is much better.

 

Game #4 Orioles/Tigers

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Tigers.  My family lived in Mt. Clemons and West Bloomfield at different points during my early years.  Two of my sisters and I graduated from the University of Michigan, and Detroit is my parents’ favorite city. 

I’m happy with how the Orioles played, and it’s awesome that BRob hit a 3-run homer again.  I don’t usually get to see the Tigers in action, so this game was quite a treat.  My favorite image of the game, is the one showing Pie/Jones/Markakis jumping up and bumping again.  I love the images of them doing that. 

Athletes inspire us when they do well, but they also inspire us when they pull themselves up from the pit of despair.  I need a little inspiring right now.  This was definitely an off day for running.  My colleague and I were all ready to run, and 50 ft into it, I decided to stop and head back to the office. 

As I waited for her to get back, and as I walked to the metro, and during the ride home on the metro, I pondered the manifestation of my demons.  How could my lack of confidence be so sharp – why couldn’t I trust myself to be stronger than I have been?

Then I revisited the 50 ft I ran, and between 30 and 50 ft my shins hurt.  I didn’t stretch before hand, and it was obvious.  So, was it really demons pestering me that made me stop, or was I being an angel to myself by stopping before I hurt my shins further?  I decided to cut myself some slack, and realize it was a combination of the two.  I’ll make sure to stretch properly in the future. 

I must prepare for this race mostly on my own – it’s difficult to be on someone’s schedule.  I don’t want to feel bad if I can’t keep up, and the other person slows down to accommodate me.  Also, if I run on my own I can listen to as many Pearl Jam bootlegs as I want . . .  

Game #3 Orioles/Rays

Congratulations to Zach Britton on his major-league debut.  And, congratulations to the O’s for keeping their sites on the sweep.  I don’t like to say one team swept another as it adds a negative element to the entire process.  However, I guess that’s what the baseball players are saying, eh?

I decided that today was the day I would eat my last bag of frito-lay products until the end of the marathon.  As I walked from work to the metro with the orange tips of my fingers dipping and dipping into the bag of cheese puffs I wondered, Why am I doing this?  This evaluation of my actions compared to those of what I consider to be the actions of a runner is quite the lifestyle change.

For instance, I decided to complete a coffee adventure after work.  Because I completed a coffee adventure after work, I didn’t have time to run.  I have to recognize what time is most important for completing what activity.  During baseball season I should run in the night, except on weekends.  I should wake up early to travel to coffee adventures.  I printed out some pages from Yelp.com of brunch places that open at 6am . . . to get the ball rolling.

Game #2 Orioles/Rays

Kudos to the pitchers.  As with the first game of the season we are witnessing a rebirth of the pitching game.  I didn’t know this until someone pointed it out during the telecast, but it makes sense.

The O’s highlights were the Pie throw to home; BRob’s homer, and the Pie/Jones/Markakis jump-bump celebrating the win.  That was too cute.

I ran three miles of which only one was non-stop, but at least one was non-stop.  The rest I ran at a faster pace than my non-stop pace as that was the focus.  I’m excited about my potential.  What is fast now will be average for me at a later date, which due to this marathon training may be sooner than later.  I’m very excited about how my running lifestyle will form as the season progresses.

Game #1 Orioles/Rays

I disconnected my cable a couple years ago because I only watched it for the Orioles.  I was at first happy to see all of the other options, but then when I saw all of the reruns of so many different shows, I felt that I was had or tricked.

However, I still want to see the Orioles play.  I subscribed to the MLB.tv with the expectation that i will be able to see the Orioles live.  Unfortunately, I didn’t read the grey print, as unfortunately I am not able to see the Orioles play live.  MBL.tv is not allowed to show the game of the club market.   Basically, I can’t see my team live.

It’s not as bad as it would appear.  I don’t have to worry about being home at 7:10pm on weekdays.  This is good news as I run after work, and I was worried that I would choose the O’s game over training for my marathon.  Now, I don’t have the excuse 🙂

Also, if I come home later I can watch a game during central time, or if I come home very late I can watch a game during pacific time.  Also, i can watch the O’s archived games. 

I’ll still be able to knit to baseball games, they just may be the Phillies or the Mariners or the Cardinals . . . we’ll see. 

I ran two miles today.  I broke it up into bits, as I’m trying to become comfortable with a faster pace.  I just won’t let myself run 26.2 miles on survival shuffle.  That doesn’t sound like fun.

What to do, what to do?

Only a few more days until the first O’s game.  What should I focus on throughout this season?  Blogging about the game as it happens is what everyone else is doing.  I need a focus . . . what will the radio announcers inspire me to do?  Answer unveiled as soon as I get it 🙂

April 13th: Orioles (10) – Rangers (9)

BrobSocks041309.JPGThis was quite the exciting game.  I must admit that when the runs started to go around and around and around I turned to the Food Network.  However, I did see the great stop by Brian Roberts in the 8th, and the incredible catch by Nick Markakis in the 9th. . . then there was George.  You just never know.  However, he pitched what the O’s needed, and got the job done.  Good job, George!

Yippee!  I finally finished my brother-in-law’s 2008 Christmas Presents 🙂