Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Woo-hoo Me! I Completed a 5K Walk/Run!

Jo's First 5K

Don't I look horrible? Needless to say, I walked the race, not ran it - and it was 90'f(rackin') degrees outside. And I didn't finish last! Trust me - it was close - there were a few people behind me, but that was it. I had horrible shin splints about a third of the way into the race - felt like I was walking flat-footed for a while until we hit the bridge and hill and I was able to naturally flex my knee and ankle while walking. I listened to music from Glee the whole time to keep me hopping, and sweated buckets - if I don't lose weight this week at Weight Watchers I am going to be might unhappy!

I was a little peeved at the people who took shortcuts - this race was held at my work's campus, and the route basically followed the perimeter of the property. There is a road that bisects the buildings, and there were lots of people who skipped the last leg of the race and joined up again about 100 yards from the finish line. I wouldn't have noticed except there was this one woman I had been using as a pacer and I knew I had passed her about three-quarters the way through and then all of a sudden she was ahead of me again.

And I have to say that I have so much more respect for my Dad's accomplishment of finishing the The Great Lake Walk last year. I struggled with 5K, and Dad and his friends completed a 56K walk in one day! I hope to be able to do this again soon - and next time not get shin splints!

8 comments:

Zonda said...

Good for you! Hope you aren't too sore from it. My walk had me sore for days. Why are there people always looking for an easy way out??

Bezzie said...

LIke I said on FB--the fact you did it in this damn heat impresses me the most! LOL!

Mel R said...

Wowsa! That is fantastic! Good for you!

kemtee said...

You rawk.

tara said...

dude, you are awesome!! You actually look great!

Krystal said...

Congrats, Jo!! That's awesome you hear you accomplished that.

Anonymous said...

Jo good for you. stay in training and maybe you too can someday complete the 56 km. Great Lake Walk.


LOVE DAD

Shan said...

Well done, you!

Shin splints - oh my gosh those hurt so bad, it's shocking.