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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).

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STRONGDAWG 9/2/2013 10:01AM

    My father was career military. Retired Tech Sgt from the Air Force. He was in basic training on Dec 7 1941 (for the Navy, he transferred to the Air Force later). I cannot tell you how meaningful it was for us when his friends from the VFW came to the wake, played taps and presented the flag to my mother. It was 20 years ago and I'm crying at the memory. It really means a great deal to the family. Thank you for being present for that widow.

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    You are one helluva man! Be proud and thank you!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/1/2013 7:31PM

    You ran a 53:10 10k pushing a stroller with two kids??!!. I am in awe!

Thanks, Bruce

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BOILHAM 9/1/2013 5:29PM

    Sorry so late with my comments, just saw it today. Excellent job on the 10k, and the kids run. My Dad was also a ww2 Vet, and my step Dad was too, both Army. I think you know I was a Navy man.
Thanks for your service.

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JLITT62 8/30/2013 7:32AM

    I think I am tired just reading your blog - you have a lot on our plate! And you killed that race. I don't think you're middle of the pack at all. Take it from a back of the packer!

My dad is a 87 yr old WWII vet. So thank you on his behalf. He has a lot of friends, but the older you get, the more friends you lose. It's tough.

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LEWILL1982 8/27/2013 1:04PM

    Love that you get your kids involved, so important to teach and emulate good habits early. I'll never be a sub 8 minute mile, and that's ok! Congratulations to you though! Very nice tribute that you were fortunate enough to participate in, honoring the vet. Thanks for the continued inspiration and motivation!

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MBSHAZZER 8/27/2013 10:03AM

    Awesome!!! I love a 10k; there are so few of them near where I live.

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FITFOODIE806 8/26/2013 6:51PM

    Wow. I thought your times WITH a stroller were the impressive part of the blog. Then I got to the end. Thank you for sharing that with us. Makes me take an extra moment and give thanks to so many men and women. Thank you!

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ROXYZMOM 8/26/2013 6:21PM

    You are a great role model for your kids!!
Well done!

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MERRY_XMAS 8/26/2013 5:07PM

    You must be very proud of yourself and of your children. You are not only doing something good for your health and body, you are also setting an example for them!

Many congratz to Heidi!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/26/2013 3:14PM

    Great race! It looks like you have a couple future cross country runners!

The funeral was very important. More than you know. Thank you from a fellow American.

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LISAINMS 8/26/2013 1:50PM

    Awesome run especially pushing two kids the whole way! Thank you for honoring the vet. I appreciate your service!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2013 12:35PM

    Congrats on your 10K with 2 kids. They deserve hugs for staying in the stroller for 50+ minutes!! And you deserve something cool for finishing in that very respectable time. My 10K PR is only 1:01, so I'd sure like to be able to run it like you!!

You made me think of my dad, one of those WW2 vets. He rarely talked of his service when I was young, but as he got older he shared more including a book called, "G I 've Been Around" that has pictures of him in Italy and with the pyramids and with his unit. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 8/26/2013 10:51AM

    Congrats on your race. And wow, you had a busy fun filled weekend.

Thank you for going out of your way to attend the funeral. I am sure it probably meant a lot to the wife who just lost her best friend.

Good luck and have a great week at school.

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THINRONNA 8/26/2013 4:14AM

    Nice! Sounds like a great day with your family!

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KAPELAKIN 8/26/2013 12:33AM

    Wow, those are some great splits much less when pushing kids over hills! emoticon

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TXPATRIOT 8/26/2013 12:28AM

    emoticon Great job, especially with the double jogger! Wow!

Loved reading about your tribute to the WW2 Vet. My grandpa was a WW2 POW. He was a great man, as this man surely was, as well.

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KELLIEBEAN 8/25/2013 10:55PM

    What a great day! Congrats to your daughter.

That was a great moment honoring the corporal. I'm sure it was emotional. I got choked up reading that. They were the greatest generation for sure!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/25/2013 10:28PM

    Had no idea there was a race today. Sounds like a lovely route!

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GOING-STRONG 8/25/2013 10:18PM

    emoticon I agree that I probably would have also felt inconvenienced to do a funeral duty.... but on reflection so happy that your attitude about it changed. We owe a lot to our Veterans.

Congrats to you and your family on the fun run and 10k. Outstanding!

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JESSIKA_56 8/25/2013 9:43PM

    Wow, great job!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/25/2013 9:32PM

    Sounds like a great race for all involved. Congrats to your daughter.

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