Truth – over the past year I have let the scale gradually inch up and up and up, until I was over 200 lbs. When the scale hit and passed that number I was in shock. Something had to change. Now.
In late May I began walking again in an effort to jump start my weight-loss motivation. I am a walking-fan and have walked many, many miles in the past 20 years. As my life has gotten busier and more demanding over the past few years, I fell off the walking bandwagon, which probably explains my 30 lb weight gain over the past four years.
Anyway, to get back to a walking routine I started with just one mile, then a mile and a half, then two miles. I was feeling better about myself, had more energy and was slowly losing weight (emphasis on slowly).
Mid June I received a reminder about an upcoming 5K walk/run to raise money for the Hewitt Pavillion. I was not yet walking three miles (or 5 kilometers) but I thought signing up for the 5K would be a good motivation for me.
Over the next two weeks I pushed myself to go a bit further and a bit faster each time I walked. The race was June 29 and I had only walked 3 miles once in the week before, but I was going for it.
The morning of the race was overcast and cool (in mid 70′s which is cool for a SC morning) but with a threat of rain. With this being my first 5K, being unfamiliar with the race path and being alone, I was highly apprehensive. Finally the race started and we were under way.
I walked, listening to my iPod nano, and did my best. There were times I jogged, but that was mostly to get around slower walkers before the path got too restricted again. Panting and exhausted I finally crossed the finish line. Later that day I was able to see the results and I was very, very pleased! My pace time was 15:24 an my finish time was 47:49. Seeing how I had only walked 3 miles once before the race, I was very excited.
This was the first Hewitt 5K and they did an excellent job with it. Very well organized and well attended. My only complaint was that the race path/circuit was very narrow many times, making it hard to pass slower walkers. However, I hope to attend another 5K being held at the same location in August, and I think being familiar with the course will make things easier the next time.
Special note: The Hewitt Pavilion was built in memory of Haley (3) and Parker (5) Hewitt, who were killed in a car crash in 2009.