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.
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.