This week the folks at WordPress are promoting a global 5K for April 10th but are encouraging everyone to do it when they have time – from the 4th through the 10th. Challenge Accepted! A 5K might seem daunting but all it is a hair over 3 miles. And you needn’t run, walking is just fine!
I can remember the first time I did a 10K – I think in 1998 or 1999. There was supposed to be a separate walking 10K and then I was the only person who showed up! So I ended up running most of it and thankfully didn’t come in last. (Competitiveness can be good and also painful for the days after!) 5K’s to me are minimum hiking – enough to stretch out the legs and get your lungs full of fresh air. Where we live it is a private community (no, there isn’t gates!) and it is a couple main roads with many side roads that are one-way with speed bumps. This means that with no thru traffic and slowed speeds it is quite safe to walk at all hours. No sidewalks but again, the slow traffic and one-way means easy walking. It is full of rolling hills, a few steep ones and if I am feeling frisky/over achieving I keep going and walk to Safeway for a latte at Starbucks for a 5+ mile round-trip. But today I did a loop of sorts in the community.
So today Walker and I set out between rain storms. We were both well prepared so when it dumped a couple times we bucked it. In the PNW it never hurts to have a water resistant cover and a large umbrella for Mom…..
Starting off at zero (I leave the Garmin Forerunner 305 attached to the jogger) -
Walker’s trusty BOB Revolution jogger stroller -
My little man keeping me company -
Outside of the rain and often having the umbrella over my head and pushing with one hand we did see a lot of urban living, notably all the trees in pink splendor -
This spring does bring some good news – since the end of 2008 I have watched so many houses go into foreclosure, noting changes over months and even years, as I walk the neighborhoods. This spring has brought change – fewer new foreclosures and more of the old ones now sold and being lived in. It brings a new sense of community finally.
We puttered and finally got back home, with me late to make dinner at 6 pm. My time wasn’t so great, due to many stops to adjust little one. But that is OK, as long as I am out there walking I am fine with it -
Fun way to squeeze a 5K in as the day was slowing down!