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5K, the sequel

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thanks for all the comments and encouragement from Spark People far and wide on my 5K blog. I was blown away when I saw that it got a popular blog trophy!

It was a lot of fun doing this with family, and we want to do it again. Maybe when we get together again in the summer. Or maybe we'll set up virtual 5Ks once in a while. The timing will have to be in the shoulder seasons--not too cold for the Wisconsin/Michigan folks and not too hot for us in Texas. Hmm, maybe we could squeeze one in over Christmas while we are in Wisconsin. We can bundle up.

I didn't really purposefully train for this. In fact it wasn't even a goal until I talked with my niece (who is training for her first marathon), and we hatched this up as something fun to do when we were all together at the beach. I've been wearing a pedometer almost since I joined SP and have been pushing my average daily steps up little by little. Mom and I have been walking over my lunch break when the weather co-operates, and we've gotten as far as 2.25 miles some days. The extra mile for the 5K wasn't too much of a stretch and my sister and I yacked the whole time so the time and distance flew by.

My mom wanted to do the 5K with us but she picked up a respiratory bug. And she was busy making the cherry pie, that's her story and she's sticking to it!

I'm amazed at the number of people who reported they have bad knees but still aspire to walking a 5K. I never would have tried when I was having so much knee pain. I admire your persistence! And, you know what? If your knees limit you to shorter distances, those are just as much a victory.

So many people said that this is addictive. It's an addiction I wouldn't mind having. One thing that I don't see in my 5K future is progressing to running. I want my knee hardware to last, and I have some misalignments in my back and neck that wouldn't appreciate being subjected to the pounding. But I do want to add distance. I don't see myself walking a marathon--that's just crazy talk. But a 10K? Maybe.
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