Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I just found out that in two months a 5K Race called the Escondido Sunrise Rotary's Grape Day 5K is going to go right by my house. So that got me to think that maybe it's time for me to think about trying my first 5K. So I looked online and found the course map and got out early this morning to check out the course. I left my dog at home just in case the ground was going to be too hot for her or the course too long and for her. Plus I thought it would give me a better idea of what it would really be like on race day not having a dog constantly trying to stop and sniff along the way. I started out from my house which is about half way through the course instead of at the start of the course and ended back at my house instead of at the course end, but went the whole 5K course. I couldn't run or jog it too much as where I started off was up hill with a bunch of trees lining the way. I am allergic to most trees, bushes and such, and out of shape too. So I started to wheeze right away, and my knees wasn't really liking the jarring either. So I decided for my first day of practicing it would be okay just to race walk the whole course instead of trying to run or jog it. And I found that to be very easy to do and finished back at my house in one hour. When I walk a much shorter route with my dog it can take me a whole hour to do it, so I was very happy with my time today. Plus on race day the streets will be all blocked off so I won't have to worry about traffic and stopping for cars. So I know I can at least race walk the course and finish in plenty of time, and I have two months to get myself in better shape, so that maybe I will be able to jog or run a lot of it then too. And it didn't give me any problems with my back or side today either. I finally get to see my new doctor Friday and I will make sure to get their okay before I sign up for the race, but I don't see any reason why I won't be able to do my first 5K.