Monday, June 07, 2010
Many of you know me and my story. I started a journey 2 years ago to get healthy. Gosh! I never anticipated the many facets to this new life. But last Saturday morning was one of the brightest facets on this jewel.
I had been thinking for several months about ways to challenge myself and I began exercising more and I finally decided that I was going to get serious about walking and maybe even running. My wonderful trainer told me about a spot very near where I live where I could go walking. I was delighted with it at once. In fact, on my first visit, I got a look at a mama deer and her fawn, standing only a few feet away. The forest is beautiful with lots of springs crossing the path. Lots of people walked, some ran and a few bicycled.
I started slow and it took most of an hour to walk 1 mile. I knew I was in fair shape and so each time, I pushed myself to go faster and further. After a couple of weeks I was going 2 miles in about 40 minutes. The first time I went a full 5 kilometers, it took me almost an hour and a half. But I was not over tired. I actually went over the 3.2 miles (5K) a couple of times.
Soon I was running short sprints. I still can't run a long time, but my endurance got better as I continued.
Well, one morning I got on my computer and of course, I logged into Spark people. I went to the huddle and for some reason, I checked out the Northern Virginia team. I saw a thread that said 5K run/walk. I was hooked! I followed the links and I saw that it was happening on June 5th in DC. I was born in DC and so I knew the area very well indeed. The race was on the Mall which is the area between The US Capitol and the Washington Monument and continuing to the Lincoln Memorial.
I was very pleased that the race was for an extremely worthy cause, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure. After a moment to read about it, I signed up! My first thought was what have I done???!!! But I had done it and I am stubborn enough to not back down.
I got a lot of support from everyone who knows me and a whole bunch of people on our team. Louisa was the captain of the team and she and the rest of the team were very supportive.
I really began to train in earnest now. I hate treadmills, but I made myself use them if I couldn't get to the paths. I worked hard and I kept going. Time flew past and before I knew it, the day dawned.
I will finish this but I will set up the day itself on a second blog.