The Challenge: Worldwide WordPress 5K

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!

~Sarah

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Comments

  1. Great that you also have join the WW WP 5K!
    I did to and it def isn’t that hard…It’s a distance of nothing ;)
    Nice pictures!

  2. OK, that jogger-stroller is like a baby Lexus. Makes me want to take a ride in it!

    ;)

    Great job, and fun post. Looks like the trees know spring is on its way — yay!

  3. If I only had the time, maybe I would do it.

  4. How fun! I should do the 5K–had forgotten about it–oops–sorry WordPress!

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed and hang on for the ride!

    Kathy

  5. I love this idea. For sure going to run our 5K on Sunday. A lot of time people don’t realize it’s not that difficult. This is a great way to get people in shape and hopefully catch the running bug. I ran my first 5k almost exactly two years ago and I caught the bug immediately. Since then I have run four 5k’s and 3 Half Marathons. We all have to start somewhere. I hope everyone does this and kudos to you! I love it! My tagline is this…Always start to finish. Never finish with regret.

  6. What a delightful post – himself and I are doing 5km three times a week for exercise and loving every minute it :-) Congrats on being FP and great pics by the way!

  7. For those in the UK look at parkrun.com for free 5k runs every saturday across the UK and they are now expanding to other countries.

  8. I’ll be running this sunday. Great post and congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  9. I ran a 3K last weekend. My first goal is a 5K or 30 minutes, which I’ll hit in 4 weeks and then on to running for 1 hour straight.

  10. Nice post, I still have my 5k to do. Congrats on being FP!

  11. On my lunch hour I walk at least one mile a day. So for the week I’ll walk 5 miles. I can’t imagine not being able to get out of the office and being rejuvenated with fresh air and the outside surroundings. I think I would die without being able to do some kind of exercise!

  12. I missed the challenge. I will be taking it on, without a problem as I am scheduled to compete in a walking half marathon on May 1st. This is an easy training challenge Good and Interesting Blog.

  13. Very inspiring. Great job! Would doing it on the 10th still count? Either way looks like I’ve found my Sunday plans :)

  14. nice man ;)

  15. I didn’t know there was a WordPress 5k- every but counts, though!

  16. Oh, how cute is your little one! What a great little training partner- even if he did slow you down!!

  17. What! A 5K? Oh man, I should have started jogging again this year sooner. Argh, been too busy writing about superhero stuff to go out and do superhero stuff. Grats on FP!

  18. Excellent challenge. Your “little man” is precious. Mine if 4 and those smiles are enough to keep me plugging along.

  19. The only 5K I can fathom is set in 24K gold…

    spread the humor.

  20. What a fun thing to do. If I only had time for this I would love to do it. Hope everyone have a great time

  21. King says:

    Just did the 5K with a so-so time of 37mins. Rugged terrain didn’t help but I was having so much fun that I decided to double the distance and ended with a 1h 15.47m time. Nice

  22. Great that you also have join the WW WP 5K!
    I did to and it def isn’t that hard…It’s a distance of nothing
    Nice pictures!

  23. It’s fuuny.Love your idea~

  24. Great post!

  25. nice post dear i realy like it

  26. 5k….I can barely manage 2k!

  27. I love my BOB…I have a double! I just did a “5k” on the treadmill yesterday at the gym! I guess I joined the club I didn’t even know was formed!

  28. Ah, a simple yet very effective post! The weather is getting beautiful; I accept your challenge!

    Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed too. :)

  29. cutest.. and sweet.. i like it very much .. Thanks for sharing :) YAY

  30. That’s great, I’m doing the 5K too! I love to run, though. Every morning I go for a run along the beach with my friends, and so 5K? Pretty easy for us! My friends don’t blog, though we’re all going to do this, because, well, we just want too.
    Good luck on yours, and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Ashley, aka TheEverydayMuser
    http://www.theeverydaymuser.wordpress.com

  31. That’s a good idea, 5K it’s not that hard to do but hard to start. Thanks to remind me for doing my 5K. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed

  32. Nice post!

    You did 5k and your baby did another 5k, than there are 10K, as in the old times…

    Nice story and keep in touch!

  33. nice website.. i like the post and images.. :)

  34. I ran a 3K last weekend. My first goal is a 5K or 30 minutes, which I’ll hit in 4 weeks and then on to running for 1 hour straight.

  35. What a delightful post – himself and I are doing 5km three times a week for exercise and loving every minute it :-) Congrats on being FP and great pics by the way!

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