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.
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.
An updated calendar provided today shows the club on hiatus until early December.
Covering the rules governing right of way, my son correctly identifies the circle as the magic circle.
Friends of Xavier held their first annual 5k fun run and walk on Saturday morning 05 October.
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.
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 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.