Well, we did it! There were 9 of us on our 5K team and we were all walking the course.
We ranged in age from 12 to 55 and I was one of the 55's. We stayed together for the first half of the race, but there were so many people in front of us, it felt like I was taking "baby steps" and couldn't get a comfortable stride going. So I kicked it into another gear and started moving up. Felt good to get moving and before long I was pretty far ahead of the others. My 15 year old niece ran up to keep me company and we had a great time talking and walking -- it was really fun!
We finished with the fastest time for our team, then looped back and went over the finish line a second time with the others. It was a great personal AND team accomplishment and we all agreed to do the same 5K together again annually.
The best part for me was having the confidence that this training program gave me. My family (a competitive but loving bunch) was really giving me a hard time about being "in training" for the 5K. Well, now that they saw me finish with the 15 year old, they aren't giving me a hard time anymore! One of my cousins is probably going to see this post one day because she asked me for the web site info and wants to do the training herself. I hope she does, because I thinks it's wonderful.
It gave me a schedule to follow and something to be accountable for. I printed the calendar and marked off each training day and planned ahead for each week's activity. Never could have done it on my own and am really grateful to find it here -- and for FREE!
Told all my family and my 5K team members how much the 5K training helped me, and my results speak for themselves. Haven't spent one minute in discomfort and owe it all to this walking program.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't wait to start another walking program!