So yesterday I finally got to experience my first Summer Series 5k! 2 weeks ago when it started I was going to go, but a bad turkey sandwich took me out of commission 🙁 so this week I started and am still frantically hitting refresh to see what my final time was according to the chip!
I’ve done a 5k or three in my time, photo above is the last one I did earlier this year with some friends and family, I walked it all – but Color Me Rad while a great 5k (and I’ll likely do it again!) isn’t really something I push myself to get a better time in – and thus at the encouragement and invitation of my girlfriend I undertook the task of my first chipped (timed) 5k! Still waiting on the final time but around 50ish minutes, maybe around 53 tops, but I am still getting to where I can run/jog some sections, still not 100% there but its a start!
This is all really just prep at some level as I am doing a 10k (my first!) next month in Morrow Bay – It’s called Rock to Pier – I am going to make an effort to run as much as I can, do better at the coast, cooler, better air, and soft ground along the beach! So looking forward to running as much as I can in that, but my target best time 10k I have scheduled is in October in Springville – it’s the Apple Run! Should be a lot of fun, as it too starts of the Apple Festival there, so looking forward to a fun 10k and fun around the festival 🙂
It’s truly been a journey with my weight/health, in 2009 (Picture to the right) I had already lost a considerable amount of weight as I started a day job in which I was MUCH more active, and that shirt was a 3X, waist was 48/50’s and now down to a XL and a 36 waist! It’s been an amazing transformation overall, and it continues and happy to see the scale continue to go lower, and have my waist get baggy, and have clothes which are easier to fit in, but I’m not stopping anytime soon! Just going to keep active!
If you thinking about doing something to get your health going in a better direction, consider walking! Don’t have to start off with a 5k – walk around your block, for me it started that simple, after movement from the day at work racked up some steps, I was curious “How many steps?” so I ventured out and got me a FitBit (website), amazing to see my steps, and the amount of activity, calories burned etc. so I’ve kept to it, and now adding in jogging, and working towards running, its getting better and better! But get active! Find a fun event out there, in Bakersfield there are always a varied number of Run’s but read them, most allow folks to walk – but if you don’t know of any, check Active.com they usually have some events nearby!
Likely will post soon my final time – but for now I will sit and hit refresh 🙂 If your ever looking for a walking buddy to get you motivated and I live near you – ask! Be encouraged today and know sometimes all it takes in small steps to get to a run!
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.