Monthly Archives: October 2012

Micare Healthy Lifestyle Walk/Run 2012

The Micare Healthy Lifestyle walk run is the once a year opportunity to have one’s blood pressure checked before and after running. Just prior to the run my blood pressure was 110/60. I finished in 28:18 and ran over over to the blood pressure table where the volunteer noted a blood pressure of 140/90. Not bad for immediately post-run. 

Second place
My son came in just behind me in 32:15 – I can no longer catch him along the route. 
Third place
My youngest finished without breaking a sweat in 42:30, which was good enough for third place.
Shrue en route
My wife en route to a finish in just over an hour. 
Proceeds from the run go to the MICARE Humanitarian Trust Fund. Thanks go out to MICARE, their employees, the FSMNOC, and the route volunteers for the support. 
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Running to beat my age, relaxing to enjoy my age

When I run I am sleek and strong. I feel young and no mountain is too far for my legs. Only when I get home and catch a glance at a mirror do I realize that I am 53 year old with a graying beard. Still, each new birthday brings an extra minute to get to the river and back. On a Friday evening waffled in between a health science class that ended at 3:00 and an evening program at the college, I headed to the river with three tennis balls. I managed to get out to the river and back in 48 minutes – joggling. I view that as being five years younger than 53.

Birthday party!
The youngest celebrated an odd number this fall. Being an odd number is not as bad as it was a couple of years ago.
Nahlahp
United Nations day brought a day of rest and relaxation at Nahlahp. The weather was simply beyond awesome. This is the dream vacation that people hope for when they book a flight to a tropical island.
 A round island adventure.
Jumping into the clear waters
No beach, no problem. Turquoise clear waters.

Pohnpei Sailing Club

An updated calendar provided today shows the club on hiatus until early December.

Pohnpei Sailing Club calendar
Pohnpei Sailing Club calendar

Covering the rules governing right of way, my son correctly identifies the circle as the magic circle.

Answering the magic circle question correctly
Answering the magic circle question correctly
Birthday girl with friends
Birthday girl with friends
Small boy at dock's edge, big dreams
Small boy at dock’s edge, big dreams
Birthday girl heads out onto the water
Birthday girl heads out onto the water
Outbound
Outbound

Friends of Xavier 5k and a loss at the college

Friends of Xavier held their first annual 5k fun run and walk on Saturday morning 05 October.

Friends of Xavier 5k
Friends of Xavier 5k

A busy two weeks left me underprepared. I also altered my own route. I usually add a lap of the Palm Terrace to bring the actual distance closer to 5000 meters. The route is, and unavoidably so, roughly 4900 meters. That lap of Palm Terrace is problematic and confusing to timers and motorists, so I extended at the Spanish wall turn-around, running down to the Western Pacific Highly Migratory Fish Stocks commission – the Tuna Commission – and ran around three cement potters there. Years ago I found that this extension would also ensure a true 5k.

Three young girls walk in the Friends of Xavier 5k
Bringing up the tail end, three sixth graders

I finished in 29:56 on the upper route 5k, for now a benchmark on my new route. My son was not feeling 100%, chest cough, and followed in at 37 minutes. The girls finished in around 59 minutes.

This was a week filled with my 24 contact hours of classes this term, along with the passing of an old and dear friend of the college.

Spensin James circa 1992
Spensin James circa 1992

Spensin was instrumental in founding COM-FSM, leading the faculty-staff senate during the difficult years prior to 1993. Having begun as an instructor in the mid-1970s, he would rise to the position of the presidency of the college.

Wake service at the home of Spensin James
Wake service at the home of Spensin James