Today I took part in the Sandy Hook Distance Run 5K. I did it in support of Jessica, a member of the Spark group. She’s doing the 5K in Alabama today and although I couldn’t be there, I wanted her to know she wasn’t alone.
I’ve done a lot of 5Ks, all walking. I am at the tail end of recovering from The Crud, but I wanted to at least do a little jogging. So I hit the gym this morning at 6 am and got busy. My gym partner, Barb, who has done a lot of 5Ks with me, met me. We usually do the elliptical, so it was good to change things up and head to the treadmills today.
This was the first thing I saw when I got on my treadmill. The gym staff put these little motivational posts on all the cardio machines earlier this week. Cute.
The next thing I noticed was that I really meant to clip my toenails yesterday and forgot. Ouch.
I surprised myself with my jogging. I realized I’d been walking at a slower pace than I normally would, and was way behind my pace. So I figured I’d jog for a minute or two. Well, it turned out to be almost 5 minutes. I haven’t jogged for that long in quite a while. Felt good.
I am still a bit congested and it was hard to catch my breath, but overall, I felt good. Barb snapped this pic of me in all my sweaty glory afterward.
My final time for the 5K was just over 49 minutes. I think the last 5K I did, back in November, was 48 minutes, so considering that I’m a few pounds heavier and still not 100% healthy, I was proud of that time. I was determined to finish under 50 minutes, and as you can see, I did. (It took me a little while to snap the picture.)
That was a good start to my day. Thanks to Jessica for the inspiration, and to all of the members of Spark, and my amazing gym partner & friend, Barb, for all of the support. I am finding it invaluable right now.