Going backpacking

I’ll be backpacking starting Thursday the 24th and returning Tuesday the 29th. I’m joining a few friends and we’re heading down to Big Sur. It’ s my first backpacking trip, and I’m really excited. A bit nervous, but excited. Looking forward to lots of good hikes, great pictures, and fun times. I can’t imagine being away from the internets for that long, so wish me luck. :)

Training for a marathon

My brother Andy and I have decided to run in the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on June 1st. We’re going to run in a half-marathon this weekend in Santa Cruz. This will be his third marathon and my first. It’ll be a good chance for me to get acclimated to running with a large group of people and the atmosphere that comes along with it. I’m feeling good about the half-marathon, as we’ve already done a 13 mile run recently, and we’ve been training fairly regularly at the gym as well.

I went to Roadrunners and had the stride analysis to see what kind of running shoe I need to get. I have a slight pronation so I ended up getting a pair of Asics Gel Kayano 14’s, and so far they’re pretty great. Other things I’ve got so far:

  • Superfeet insoles
  • blended wicking socks
  • runner’s shirts and shorts
  • runner’s glide – no chafing!
  • gatorade, powerbars, jelly beans
  • sun block

I’ll post some pics from this weekend’s marathon.

Bring the pain

The first game of the season for the San Francisco Giants was yesterday. They lost 5-0. Unfortunately, I think the season opener will be indicative of the rest of the season for the Giants; not getting blown up, but getting beat, and not scoring much if at all. A 100 loss season? Damn I hope not, but with the way the N.L. West is looking, it’s entirely possible.

I’m certainly no baseball scout, but why aren’t the Giants starting some of the young prospects? There are few to be excited about, but still – how about these guys:

  • Eugenio Velez
  • Fred Lewis
  • Rajai Davis

All of them are young, blazing fast, and have more upside or potential. And they can be put in for the following:

  • Rich Aurilia
  • Ray Durham
  • Dave Roberts

It’s no secret the Giants are bad. Let’s clean house and start re-building. Management has said they’re taking a team in a new direction, so it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. And by that, I don’t mean dropping 128 million on Zito.

Oh, and I realize I haven’t really been posting about sports; there may be a few more sports and baseball-related posts in the future.