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10k race report

Sunday, August 25, 2013

This morning we did the storm king 10 k race in West Point, NY. It was a hilly out and back run on rte 218, a very scenic route along the Hudson River.

It started with the one mile kids fun run. Heidi and Paul ran with Heidi, 7, coming in 5th overall and 2nd girl. Paul, 5, came in 12th overall. Both had a lot of fun. I think Heidi has a lot of potential as a runner. Paul will try hard, but I think he will be solid middle of the pack, kind of like me. We will see, it is fun to see them trying hard and having fun!

When the kids race was over, they had a joint 5k and 10k start. Since they had chip timing and I didn't want to run folks over with the double jogger, I waited a little before heading out the chute. There were a few other moms and dads with buggies, but most were doing the 5k. There was only one other nutter with a jogger doing the 10k.

The first quarter mile was fairly level, then it plunged down for the next mile plus. Then a brief up and down to the two mile point, and a climb up to the three mile and the 3.1 mile/5k turnaround at the top of a hill. The turnaround was at a viewpoint overlooking the Hudson towards Newburgh and the I84 bridge. Then, grab a water, turn around and head back. Downhill, short up, short down, and long (brutal) up to the 6 mile marker. My DW and the big kids were at the crest, careering and ringing a cowbell. My splits were:

1 mi 7:21 (mostly downhill)
2 mi 7:57
3 mi 8:44 (climb towards the turnaround)
4 mi 8:25
5 mi 8:06
6 mi 10:38 (long climb)
Last 0.2 mile 7:58 pace

I ended up with a 53:10 or so. A minute faster, and I would have been third place in the 40-49 age group even. I ended up in 68th out of 175 runners in the 10k, not to shabby for an old guy pushing two kids! The male winner came in at 36:40, a sub 6 pace. The female winner was at 44 min.

After getting bananas, water, bagels and bars at the food table, we stuck around for the awards ceremony. We didn't bring our camera, so no race pics or pics of Heidi getting a medal for 2nd place. Maybe someone will post some and I will amend the race report.

After the race, we stopped at home to change, then took the boat out on one of the lakes on post where my DW did some water skiing and the kids did some tubing. The big kids do well on the boat, but Henry is so much trouble! Someone has to hold him when we are moving, otherwise he will cause mayhem. If we don't have another adult with us and Jill wants to ski, I end up driving and holding onto Henry while the bigger kids act as spotters. Fortunately the lake is small with very little traffic!

Totally unrelated, on Friday, my colleague and I were assigned as a funeral support detail. We went to Mawah,NJ in support of the funeral for a 88year old WW2 vet. It was a small funeral with the widow, family members and a few friends. There was a bagpiper who played a medley of God Bless America, Swing Low, and the Army Song. After the priest said a brief eulogy, we played Taps and then folded the flag and presented it to the widow. My colleague presented it to her and said "on behalf of the President, the US Army, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a token of your loved ones faithful and honorable service." She told my colleague that her husband's army service meant a lot to him.

When we were first tasked to go, it seemed a little inconvenient, a bit of a distraction from getting work done. As I did it, I realized how important it really was. I am glad that I had the opportunity to honor that WW2 corporal, a member of the "greatest generation" that answered the call to arms to fight and win that war.

Well, it has been a full day and a full weekend. I need to get some sleep, my first class starts at 7:30 tomorrow morning! (How to calculate the moment of a force in two dimensions).
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