That Was the Week That Was

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!
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    Passing people is always one of those not-so-guilty pleasures we have. I also love running at the gym for an hour and watching someone get on the indoor track running faster than me and then stop after just a couple of minutes, or slow down while I catch and pass them and then continue at my same pace as they continue to slow and then quit and then there I am still running like the energizer bunny.


    2489 days ago
    Many of us when pushed will admit to loving passing people in races. In fact my friend and use to have a game we called "road kill" The game started at the half way point of the race. You get one point for everyone you pass and lose two points for everyone who passes you. Winner is the one with the highest score.

    Great job on your race PR!
    2501 days ago
    Congratulations! What an accomplishment for both of you!! I love my age group, I placed 96th at San Diego R&R, I have never been in fastest 100 of my age group in marathon!

    2501 days ago
    PCS'ing is so tiring!! I am so proud of your PR!! Unofficial or not, you need to celebrate!! Mani/Pedi??? Something fun!

    Tell your DH congrats on finishing up the Masters and CGSC!! My dh did a Masters and ACSC (similar, but Air Command and Staff College), so I know how much time and work that entails. Kudos to you for supporting him through that!

    Where in Japan is the post you will be going to?

    High-Fives to your nephews for running the 5K .. I agree about having the energy!! lol
    2501 days ago
    Joyce, what a great weekend! Congrats to your hubby! Getting a Master's while working is a HUGE accomplishment!

    GREAT job on your new 10k PR, too! Nice job! I love a 10k and you are right, they are really difficult to find. I also share your enthusiasm for passing people. I don't necessarily have the greatest pacing skills, but at this stage of the game, I will NEVER start off too fast, so I love to just pick people off by the end!

    Kudos to your nephews, too! Youth is definitely wasted on the young!

    When is the big move?
    2501 days ago
    Wish you could have come down and run the race that I ran my 1st 5k--The Bloomin' Festival. It's a trail run with a pretty good hill at mile 2. It was tough, but it was fun. :)
    2502 days ago
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