Sunday, June 12, 2011
Lots of things happened this past week. OK, maybe not a whole lot, but some important stuff went down! Such as my DH graduating with his master's degree in International Relations last Thursday, and then graduating from the Army's Command General & Staff College (CGSC) on Friday. I'm very proud of him for accomplishing both. The IR Master's degree was a big step outside of his comfort zone, too. DH comes from a quantitative background. He has a math degree, and his job is in Signal (IT/communications). So he never had to write extensively before... That is, until he enrolled in the graduate program last year, LOL. Doing a thesis and 40-page papers posed a radical shift from solving theorems as an undergrad, and covering bullet points in his professional life. CGSC is a stepping-stone for field-grade military officers, and home to notable alumni such as Generals MacArthur, Patton and Powell, and President Eisenhower. We're very fortunate that we were able to spend the year in Kansas because of CGSC.
As for me, I finally placed 2nd in my age group at a race yesterday morning!!! I ran the Ft. Leavenworth Army Birthday 10K yesterday. They had a 5K, a half marathon and even a full marathon, too. But I chose the 10K because it's a distance I have the hardest time finding!! It seems that wherever I go, 10Ks are simply not a popular racing distance. I wanted to see if I could beat my PR of 54:49 from over a year ago. It's weird to report that I technically PR'd, but didn't officially do so. The course measured roughly 6.5 miles, and I ran it in 56:33. But going by the calculator, I crossed the 10K mark at 53:44. So it's an unofficial PR. I'm still thrilled, though, because I moved up in my age group awards. Any time I have placed, it's been 3rd for my AG. It was gratifying to move up. :-)
And I've mentioned this before, but I love passing people on a race. I know I come off as smug saying this, but seeing folks start too aggressive & fast on the first mile, then petering out by the second...that kinda vindicates my slow, steady intro, LOL! Especially because I began outgunning them yesterday on a hilly upward climb that lasted for nearly a mile.
However, unless I see a race that really appeals to me (especially a trail one - that's a no-brainer), I think I'm putting racing on the backburner for the next few months. They can be fun, but also tiring. And it's going to be a busy couple of months: first, DH has to get his orders straightened out for his next assignment. Then, we'll be moving once again, and this time, to a far-flung location (Japan). Busy-ness all around.
And finally, my nephews ran their first 5K a few days ago! They did the Girls on the Run 5K in Somerville, NJ. It was a last-minute registration for them, but they did it, and I'm especially impressed because they completed it in hot, hot temps (I think around the upper 80s). PLUS, this was their first time ever running a distance beyond a mile. They finished strong, with no training. Ah, to be young and full of pep!