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My first 5K!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Last year in July, I had total hip replacement surgery. I was wondering how soon I could return to my favorite activities. It took longer than expected, and then it was hard to get back to the exercise schedule I was used to. I could barely move during the three months before surgery. I was supposed to get back to golfing three months after surgery, but I was still in pain. I knew I had to get back to a walking scheduled before doing much else.

In January, SP offered a bootcamp. I figured that would be a great start for me and I signed up. I am happy to say, I persisted and learned to get back to exercising on a more regular basis.

Then I saw the sign-up for a 5K. I live near the mountains, but spent a couple of months in the California Desert, so I went ahead and signed up. It forced me to walk on a regular basis which I had actually done since January. I also started to golf again while, at home, our friends were pounded with one snow storm after the other.

Once I returned home, I resumed my walking schedule, and realized that walking at or near sea level is quite a different story from walking at 5,200 ft. where we live.

I scheduled the 5K walk for TODAY! My husband and I checked out and marked the 3.11 mile course, yesterday afternoon.

By the time I left this morning, it was totally overcast, 42* and very, very windy. The wind was howling down the mountains. But.....I , proudly, put my SparkPeople baseball cap on and was on my way. I should have worn cloves (the wind felt so cold), but I pulled the sleeves of my sweatshirt over my hands.

Initially, going slightly downhill with the wind in my back, I moved at a pretty good clip. Once I faced the first incline, it was a different story. I didn't think I could keep up the pace. I definitely walked faster than at any time since my surgery, last July. After the first 2.55K, I returned, and was now facing the wind. At times, I could barely put one foot in front of the other, and it started to snow. I saw it snowing up in the mountains a little earlier. I was so glad I had a hooded sweatshirt on and pulled the hood over my cap. At one point I was ready to quit, but since I was on the second half of the 5K, I decided to keep going. I made the 3.1 miles in 48 mins. My goal was to make it under 50 mins. but with the bad weather conditions, I would have taken anything, as long as I finished - which I did. Not bad for a seventy-year old. emoticon

When I returned home, and figuring that I would be cold, my husband Bill had some hot soup waiting for me. Perfect! I also had some hot tea after lunch to warm me up.

Although, I have taken longer walks and hikes in the past, this was the first one since my surgery last summer. I didn't think I would ever be able to do this again. Lesson learned: Never give up!

Thank you, SparkPeople, for the opportunity.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SSORENSEN1 6/21/2011 12:02PM

    Wonderful share, very inspirational! emoticon emoticon

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THEIS58 5/23/2011 9:56AM

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TUBLADY 5/20/2011 4:45PM

    Awesome story and feat you managed.
From one women who will soon be seventy and had total knee replacement I can know what you felt. I have recovered very fast, enough to schedule the other knee for July. But we never know how long it will take out bodies to heal.
I am doing a walk this June. I have already walked the track and know I can do 5 miles. But in the conditions you experienced, I don't know????
Take care and keep on moving. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OUATEONE 5/20/2011 1:00PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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ELISOS 5/19/2011 10:52PM


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SEAHART 5/15/2011 10:03PM

  Awesome! Very Encouraging! Congratulations!!

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KIBAISREADY 5/14/2011 10:31PM

    That's Great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZENSTEPH 5/14/2011 8:15PM

    Wow, this is awesome!

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JUDYD207 5/14/2011 2:58PM

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Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 5/14/2011 11:53AM

    Wow! Thank you for the fantastic inspiration! emoticon

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WALKZWDOGZ 5/14/2011 2:03AM

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You're a wonderful inspiration & example of what Sparkpeople is supposed to be about. I've been in a bit of a slump, but reading your blog gives me inspiration to get back in the groove & keep trying. Thanks & happy Sparking!

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KKIDSMOM08 5/13/2011 10:06PM

    Very nice, Congratulations!!! emoticon

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MELLIL 5/13/2011 8:55PM

    Niiiiiiice! Very well done! emoticon

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MERRYJO1 5/13/2011 1:49PM

  Very encouraging blog. Thank you for taking time to share. emoticon


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SHELLEY81 5/11/2011 10:23AM


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3KIDSMA 5/10/2011 2:04PM

    Great Job!! emoticon

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JULIERUNS 5/10/2011 1:32PM

    Congrats & GREAT JOB!

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ACURVYLADY 5/9/2011 11:22PM

    Wow that is so awesome. keep up the good work !!!!!! emoticon

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HARLOW10 5/9/2011 6:51PM


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LADYVALK 5/9/2011 11:50AM

    That is fantastic!!

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MCJULIEO 5/9/2011 11:06AM

    Oh, my! You are such an inspiration to me!
(I've been toying with the idea of training for a 5K, and this has boosted me a LOT!)

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TRACEYMOMOF3 5/9/2011 8:01AM

    Wow! You are awesome, What an inspiration! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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TEACHING1ST 5/9/2011 6:47AM

    I'm so proud of you! Way to go...literally!


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SNUZSUZ 5/9/2011 12:02AM

    Awesome! I did my first 5k walk yesterday:)

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HAUTEMOMMA3 5/8/2011 11:57PM

    Awesome job!

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DJSRN4 5/8/2011 11:30PM

  That is great! Keep it up. My Mom is 78 and she golfs a couple times a week, does her own yardwork, etc. I am so thankful to have a healthy Mom. I am sure your family is very proud of you! Great job! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 5/8/2011 7:51PM

    emoticon A new lease on life! Go for it!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/8/2011 7:05PM

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This is superb....It is great what we can achieve if we keep persevering....well done...I am so proud of you....
I hope I can still be doing the walking i am doing by 70......go will be 10k's

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TERRBEAR12 5/8/2011 6:28PM

    To Your Health! Wonderful for sharing and inspiring and more so for doing. It is tough, no doubt about it, and you persevered. Congratulations is a little weak but truly CONGRATULATIONS. Not shouting - just big. emoticon emoticon
Keep 'em limber.

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RANCHGAL9 5/8/2011 11:58AM

    You inspire me. I signed up for the 5 km on Spark People but something got in the way after the first week - my committment fell by the way sooooo...........
Reading your blog has inspired me to committ again and follow thru this time emoticon

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TONIANN45 5/8/2011 9:43AM

  I love your final comment, "Never give up!". Thanks for the inspiration.

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JGRAY76 5/8/2011 8:20AM

    Congratulations. You are an inspiration emoticon

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KRISTI2661 5/7/2011 10:49PM

    Nice! Inspirational!

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2BFITNHAPPY 5/7/2011 10:43PM

  Wow! Great job.

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AMYLEMON 5/7/2011 10:26PM

    Way to go!

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LINDATHOME 5/7/2011 10:06PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MELOSPARKLE 5/7/2011 9:32PM

    Great job!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2011 9:27PM

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Comment edited on: 5/7/2011 9:27:36 PM

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JEWITCH 5/7/2011 8:25PM

    emoticon and emoticon on your first 5k. Keep up the great work

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KMIRANDA2000 5/7/2011 8:23PM

    I'm doing my first 5K tomorrow and am so excited...thank you for sharing your excitement.

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ZENSTEPH 5/7/2011 8:02PM

    AWESOME! I read your blog today after I finished my first 5K, which I did by run/walking. Congratulations!

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LYRICCA 5/7/2011 5:17PM

    I love this! I'm contemplating my first 5K too - and your story is inspirational. Now I KNOW I can do and HAVE to do it. THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS!!

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BUDAPEST-SPAS 5/7/2011 5:13PM

    impressive feat you completed!! so happy and pleased for you. taking charge of your health - you reap the simple reward!

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    Fabulous! So glad you believed in yourself and succeeded after such major surgery! emoticon

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    good for you!!!
I loved when I did my first been walking ever since

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JIBBIE49 5/7/2011 3:36PM

    emoticon What an honor to have your blog be featured this week.



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