2013 IBM Uptown Classic 10K Race

Tye and Tomoko at 7AM
Tye and Tomoko at 7AM

Catching up on my reporting. Last Sunday we continued in our family tradition of running the IBM Uptown Classic 10K in Austin. Tye and I ran the 10K race and Tomoko ran the 5K race. Here we see Tye and Tomoko bright and full of energy at 7AM. Since the roads close at 7AM, we always get up early and make sure we arrive at IBM by around 6:50AM. On the way over, Tye – who is definitely NOT an early morning type of guy – told us that he was going to nap in the minivan until the race. However, once we actually got there, he was overcome by the general spirit of the occasion and did not nap after all. At any rate, I am not an early morning person either and slept fitfully the night before. Once we got there, I jogged slowly around the parking lot warming up.

Tye Brings it In in Under an Hour
Tye Brings it In in Under an Hour

Actually, I wasn’t expecting a stellar performance. After the usual winter colds and allergies, in May we went to Annapolis where I proceeded to get really, really sick. That put me out of commission for more than a month, right at the time of year that I would normally be getting back into shape. During the rest of the summer, we had the usual “global warming” weather here in Austin that made it difficult to do anything more ambitious than plod around the lake slowly. That combined with frequent trips to Houston (part of my new professional focus on the oil industry) meant that I was not expecting to set the course on fire.

Tye was likewise not expecting a stellar time either. He dedicated most of his workout time this year to further enhancing his upper body strength. He didn’t do too much cardio work. Nevertheless, he was able to finish the race in 58 minutes.

Dave Brings it In in One Hour 18 Min
Dave Brings it In in One Hour 18 Min

We were actually staggered at the start. I jogged around in circles to loosen up as much as possible. As the start approached, I made my way to the back of the crowd that was lined up. I did not see Tye and Tomoko at that point. Once the starting gun sounded, it took me almost four minutes to shuffle forward to the starting line.

That did not matter because we all had RFID tags snapped into the laces of our running shoes. The starting gun time did not matter at all. It was the “chip time” measured by your foot crossing the starting line going out and the finish line coming in that established your rank.

Tye and Dave Just After the Race
Tye and Dave Just After the Race

Knowing that I was not going to set any world records, I just jogged a solid pace – at least for me. That is not to say I slacked off, I ran as hard as my body could. However, the course is very hilly and I could not manage much more than tortoise pace going up any of the hills. On the downhill segments I stretched out a little. The last two miles I picked up the pace a bit and passed a bunch of people.

As we neared the 5K mark, I almost caught up to Tomoko. She had obviously been closer to the starting line in the crowd. I hear the announcer calling out her name as she crossed her 5K finish line. At that point, I would have gladly stopped running and taken her for a Martini, but I still had another 5K to run.

Modest Snack After the Run
Modest Snack After the Run

Interestingly enough, however, in my age category (200 to 225 years old) I came in 66 out of 66. That is, even though I passed plenty of younger people near the finish line, I was dead last in my age category. In other words, in my senior age category, only extremely intense and competitive men bother to participate. The fat guys who sort of waddle around the course give up by the time they are 40 at the oldest.

After the run, we went back to our apartment (only about 5 minutes from IBM) showered up and then proceeded to the Cathedral of Texas Breakfast Culture (Jim’s Coffee Shop) and had a modest snack. I had the Arugula, Quinoa, and Acai Berry Salad….

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