Saturday, November 05, 2011
Today I completed my first 5K! I signed up for the Trick or Treat 5K Walk/Run. Figured I had plenty of time to prepare and joined a training program. First day training 15 minutes, piece of cake! Well as the weeks passed I never managed to walk again until this past Tuesday. The fighter in me wanted to do the 5K anyway, my good friend agreed to walk with me.
Yesterday I really started to worry what I'd done. The truth is I'm really out shape. Just because 11 years ago I did the 3 Day Breast Cancer walk, 20 miles a day for a total of 60 miles didn't mean I could just get off my butt and do a 5K.
Well I was really worried this morning as I set out, I had to do it, I had to at least try.
Beautiful sunny, cool fall day. Walked around a lake, would need to do two laps for the 5K. After 15 minutes I knew I was in trouble. FIFTEEN MINUTES! No way was I going to stop after fifteen minutes. I was mad at myself, mad at my body for not just doing what I asked despite all the abuse (neglect really) I had subjected it to. I wanted my trophy! I wanted to update my status to say that I had completed my 5K! I wanted to add Goal Met when I huddled with my Team! So I kept walking, my friend was a great help. I didn't want to fail in front of her so I kept walking. I was afraid if I stopped I would not be able to continue. When I had finally pushed past the "no way can I do this" I took a 2 minute rest. I was gratified that my body got up and went again. After 60 minutes I had done my two laps, my 5K! Now all I had to do was make it to my car. When I could see my car I suddenly found myself sprawled out on the ground! Now how did that happen? One minute I'm walking, the next flat out on the pavement. I was ok, got up without too much effort and reassured my friend and the bystanders that I was fine. I guess you could say I ended my 5K with a bang... and a bump!
Next time I plan to train like somebody with some sense. Spark On!