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An almost 5K

Friday, April 26, 2013

Today I got it into my mind I'd attempt a 5k around my normal park this morning. I did the amount of laps I thought would get me there, but came up 2/10 of a mile short of the full 5k. Oh well, at least I tried, I don't think I'll be able to get the exact 5k with the route I've chosen, I'll either get the 1/10 of a mile short (this morning I started out by the playground instead of in the parking lot I normally set out of), or I'll be way over.

Normally I do about just over a mile around the park. 3 miles is still nothing to me, but I can tell that I'm not used to it. Last year I was doing 2 miles consistently, just before winter hit.

At mile 2, my legs started to feel it, but I kept on going, when my mind is set, I will finish. At the last 1/4 of a mile, I got hungry. Fortunately I was in the final stretch and I was close enough to home to have my mid-morning snack as soon as I got back in my home.

It took me just over an hour to walk it, but I finished what I set out to do. It doesn't matter that I was slow. I made the mileage I was looking to do. Today wasn't about the speed, it was about finishing a 5k (not knowing how far I needed to actually walk, with the approximation in my mind knowing about how far it is around the different paths). I walked 6 laps around the park, 5 around the short path, 1 around the long path that takes me home.

I proved to myself that I can do it. I will do it again. I will do it under an hour if I keep on doing it. Eventually I may just run the thing and do it in under half the time I started out at today.

It starts out with stamina, and ends up with speed. A mile is a mile, no matter how fast you take it. To think when I started out with this journey, I couldn't even do a full mile without wanting to be done.
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Today's Holidays are all about nature: Audubon Day, Richter Scale Day, National Kids and Pets Day, and Arbor Day. During my walk today, I got to play with some kids, pet a dog, admire the ducks (2 different kinds in the pond today!) and look at the trees that are still bare. I will be planting my garden today, which is still not a tree, but will be something to add to the oxygen count and, at harvest, my dinner table.
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  • TANYA602
    Congratulations! We did our first 5K back in February and I am hooked. We are doing another in about 3 weeks. Admittedly, we walk/jog - I am not a runner and have no desire to be a runner.
    Enjoy the time outdoors and the energy it feeds you!
    1790 days ago
    Really well done.
    1791 days ago
    You're getting there! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Great job! It all starts with one step and adds up to so much more! Fantastic goal and you will get there before you know it. It use to take me an hour to go twice around Como Lake in St. Paul and I have increased my speed in the last few months so I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon
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    1792 days ago
    Good for you!
    I'm waiting for it to cool down a little, if you can believe that! When the
    sun gets lower.
    My dog and I have been taking long walks because we're going
    on vacation in 3 weeks and I know we'll be doing a LOT of
    Do they really need a National Richter Scale Day?? It is fun to hear
    about the different national days.
    Spark on!

    1792 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I like your mention of getting hungry, I need to remember to bring a snack & water when I head into town. At my heavy weight, going up and down hills to get to town is a big work out. Mainly my feet get to hurting! I have good shoes but the weight is a problem. From here to my old house is 2 miles. To grocery, 3 miles. So I will have to be able to do some serious mileage if I want to walk anywhere this summer. I did one 4 mile trip last year, and this spring my feet hurt more so time to toughen them up again. I enjoy your posts so much. I had to look up 5K and found it to be just over 3.1 miles. If I drop some weight it would be kinder on my feet. DH gained 5 more pounds and is demanding cake. I said NO WAY it is spring/summer and it is not your birthday. Mine is in June but I'd rather not have cake. Keep up the walking, gain endurance and the next thing you will be blogging on will be jogging, right?
    1792 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Good job!!
    1792 days ago
  • CC3833
    Nice job!! I am thinking of adding jogging into my weekend walks. I'll start tomorrow. Today I am just going to walk it. Hope you have a great weekend. Keep sparking!!!
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    1792 days ago
    Congrats on your walk. Probably one of the best parts was just being outside and all the incidental things you got to do while you were out there!! dogs, ducks, kids.... it's all fun and makes for a great walk!! Good luck planting your garden. It's so nice that the weather is improving and we can finally think of good things to come.... like fresh veggies from the garden. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
    emoticon Great Walk and the timing wasn't bad either!!
    emoticon I am Loving The Daily Holiday Updates!! They are Fun!!
    1792 days ago
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