Thursday, May 05, 2011
I was at work the other day, ok, a couple weeks ago, and was sent an email that said there was a 5K coming up to support Autism - www.asgo.org . I had just done one of my exercise walks which happens to be a 5K the night before, so I said what the heck. I went to work and faxed in the registration. As panic set in I tried to remain calm and tell myself that I could do this, I do it all the time, etc..not to mention all of you awesome people on here encouraging me. Fast forward, I woke up saturday morning EARLY got up, readied myself and drove to Orlando to do the 5K. It was rather unconventional as it was inside the convention center and was also a family fun day. I got there way to early and had to wait for like 2 hours before it started, but the people there were great. They let me register early and I was able to walk around a bit and see the booths get set up, Star Wars people come in, all that...good times..LOL. They finally started the announcements and before I knew it, we were off. 8 laps around the convention center. Gotta love air conditioned 5Ks. There were people all over the place to weave around as they were stopping and admiring the booths, which were on the walking path. It was a 5K walk for Autism, but there were runners too..felt bad for them having to dodge everyone. I found my pace and walked....and walked...LOL It was very interesting indeed to walk with so many people, news crews, hooters girls teaching how to hula hoop, star wars people walking around, dogs and firemen but it was a very good and informative time. I know there are people (not necessarily on here) that would scoff that this was a "real" 5K (people in real life..whatever), it wasn't chipped or officially timed - My watch was just over 50 minutes so I was happy with that being my first, walked, and my size...takes alot to get me going. I will do more of these and eventually get to the point where I am able to actually RUN the race. At this point, I am proud of myself for finishing happy, not in pain, and faster than what I was walking in my exercise walks. Again, Thanks all of my Sparkfriends for the encouragement and support - And my #1 Cheerleader..thanks J...:) You are all great and I thought about you all while walking. Sorry it took almost a week to get this out here. I am no good at writing but figured I would let you know I survived.