On December 10, 2016, David and I participated in our first 5k. Fort Walton Beach sponsored a Ho Ho Hustle 5k/10k for both runners and walkers for a Toys for Tots fundraiser.
I have had a 5k on my bucket list for a long while. I originally thought one day I would run it, but after my last doctor appointment that won’t happen for a while. My knees and hips are bone on bone, so walking is not a problem but running is not the option for a long while.
Ugh. I have been walking Dexter, and averaging two miles in about 40 minutes. So I thought that I was prepared for 3.2 miles. I was and wasn’t. The morning of the 5k it was a brisk 38 degrees. Brrrr. I so wanted to stay in our very warm bed. But, David was the encouraging one, and we got up and out the door.
It was cold. I was nervous. Anxious. Not sure about what was to happen, how things work, where to go, what to do, etc. I do this about most things that are new to me. And this was one of those days.
So, it was cold. We lined up. All of the runners get ahead of us. Walkers in the back. Okay. Sounds good to me. We are in the middle of the “back” of the walkers. And we are off. Started out at a not slow but not fast pace. Mid way through I felt as though we were still hanging in there. David was super supportive staying at my pace when he could have gone way ahead. So sweet.
I finished at 59:02. Under 60 minutes. Okay. Not great, but not last either. I did actually run for 10 seconds (just because), and it wasn’t really running. But above all, I finished. I started, maintained, and finished. David says now we have a time to beat. I just want to start, compete, and finish again. Maybe do this three or four times a year. Goals for this year anyway. But that is another post.