Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Woo-hoo Me! I Completed a 5K Walk/Run!
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!