Modern Pentathlon

The Olympics has an event called the modern pentathlon, which features events in running, shooting and horseback riding.  (okay, so “modern” is taken loosely).

Today, I survived a rough equivalent.  Here’s how it went:

8:30 a.m.  The CASA “Run for the Children” 10K.  We start from courthouse and loop through adjoining neighborhoods in Fairfax City and Villa.  Punishing.  I finish in 49:08, pretty good for a hilly track.  Barely ahead of George Barker.  (Before you heckle, Barker was a serious runner in high school.  Of course, automobiles had yet to be invented).

10:15 a.m.  Take son to U-8 soccer game at Lanier Middle School.  Step onto field as substitute referee, which keeps me moving for 60 minutes.

2:00 p.m.  After daughter’s softball game and lunch, it’s a long drive out to Southern Maryland for the annual “Celtic Festival,” by the banks of the Patuxent River.  Play with a rag-tag group of Virginia ruggers in the “Old Boys” match.  Somehow we LOSE.  Aaagh.  Drive 1.5 hours back to Fairfax.

6:15 p.m.  Shower, shave.  Step off in black tie with Sharon, my mother and sister to the Patriot Center for George Mason’s 40th anniversary gala.  Forty years ago, Governor Holton signed law to make GMU a stand-alone university.  Circulate with star-studded cast, while violins play.  Mental note:  hire Jenn Robinson of GMU for future events.

10:00 p.m.  Back home.  Watching “Captain America” with 4 children.

10:30 p.m.  Blogging.

11:00 p.m.  Rest.

(Tomorrow at 8 a.m.?  Vienna Elementary 5k, of course)


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