I did it! I did my first 5K away from home on a course in a nature conservancy (Pheasant Branch in Middleton, WI - a beautiful course by the way). It was a bit more challenging than I had anticipated, as I'm used to walking on flat sidewalks and this was gravel, paved trails, and boardwalk over hilly terrain.
I was hoping to do it in under 45 minutes, but finished at 53 minutes instead. I bet if I did another 5K in my home turf on pavement I could beat my time.
Still, when I first started 1 mile seemed SO FAR. Then two miles... wasn't sure if I could do it. After 2 miles though I hit my stride and found my pace and now I feel like I could walk 4 or maybe even 5 miles.
What's next? I'm not sure. I suppose I could keep trying to beat my time goal. Or I could drive out to other trails around where I live and keep walking a couple times a week.
Overall, I glad I signed up for this and kept at it. It helped me see that I *can* do this, even being so overweight (I'm over 250 pounds).
I think my next goal should be to find a friend and sign up for a real 5K. If I meet me weight goals and fix my knees (if they are fixable) maybe someday I could even run a 5K. In the meantime I need to stay focused and find other challenges to give me variety and help me stay motivated to workout and meet my weight-loss goals.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” - Pamela Vaull Starr
| Pounds lost: 60.0