Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I signed up for my first 5K. I’ve been to plenty of races before: Two of my kids have run cross-country and track in high school and I’ve volunteered to help at community 5Ks. This is the first in which I will be a participant. I’m excited!
I’ve been cross-training. I lurk on all the SP running sites. In my day, I ran 7 miles a day out in the country combining trail-running and road. Eventually, I developed plantar pain. That has plagued me off and on for years. So this time, I’m taking up Nordic Walking. I am preparing for the walking division that I signed up for in the Ohio Challenge. I am not allowed to run in this division, which is good for me because I’m inclined to want to run. I want to “weight” for further weight loss before I become a runner. Next season, I can sign up in the runner division.
As for now, I LOVE NORDIC WALKING. It is helping my triceps—which no longer flab—my upper body, my lower body, my core and endurance. It is new enough to have a small community so I can get to know people. There are half marathon and marathon events—that you walk, mind you, not run—that welcome Nordic Walkers.
My local event does not allow poles. I work out with Nordic Walk but for the race, I shall be pole-less.
I’m a hiker. There are lots of great local trails on which to practice my Nordic Walking technique. My enthusiasm for Nordic Walking, along with the Ohio Challenge creating a new walking division this year, is going to help my fitness. In addition to points earned for the Ohio Challenge walking events, I will earn additional points for weight loss!! How cool is that.
I start my “race” this Saturday. I want an early weigh-in. My strategy is to make the very first race of the season mark my starting weight. The final weigh-in is in December at the banquet. I wonder if that's before or after I eat. Ha!
This is great motivation for me. It brings out my inner “kid”.