5K Progress Report
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Today, I walked 3.3 miles with two 5 minute breaks. Buddy probably walked 5 miles. The river was calm, but it was raining and there was sleet mixed in so I wore two coats, a scarf, my day pack with purse and letterboxing stuff in it and used the walking poles. I put the life jacket on Buddy to help keep him warm. Since he likes to run down to the river, I was less worried about him leaping in after a duck with the jacket.
First lap my fingers were numb cold and my face felt brittle, but the rest of me was warm enough. I love wool socks. Second lap the sleet and rain stopped. Several people started walking the river walk with their dogs. It is a big area so I veered back towards the car, just so I wouldn't have to leash Buddy.
I use the day pack to slightly weight my lower back. It helps ease the pain. But muscles were warmed up and the back wasn't hurting, so I decided to ditch the day pack at the car. Even my hip wasn't hurting. Shoulder was bugging me a bit, so that was part of the motivation for losing the day pack. Seven pounds lighter, lap number two was much easier.
But I was still dodging people so Buddy could stay off leash. It makes for interesting walks for Buddy too, because he never knows which way I go. I started giving him small treats to encourage him to return quickly when I called. This was a really great idea. He is becoming such a good dog in his old age. At that point I gave up relying on knowing how far I had walked because I zigzagged back and forth across the park and reversed directions several times. The full loop is a little over a mile. The park was an old lumber mill. There are railroad tracks and foundations everywhere. The whole area is open. I can see other people or Buddy from a distance. Because of the crazy walking, I started relying on the fitbit for data.
I hit the 2.75 that was required for the couch to 5K program. Driving the 10 blocks to home I decided I wanted to see if I could walk 3 miles. I shed both coats and the scarf at that point and lapped the ball park in front of the house. With only a couple five minute breaks I was able to walk a full 5K today in one continuous walk.
I am no more fatigued than the first day I walked 1 mile. I am walking faster. The walkers high makes the rest of the day so much more pleasant. I also crave food less.
PS: Buds and I saw a lone sea lion swimming in the river. I thought the smelt runs were done. He looked so lonely. I tried to tell him where his pals were but he ignored me.